Working in partnership

We couldn’t do what we do without a number of other organisations. Together, we each handle different responsibilities for The National Lottery. 

Here's how it works

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The National Lottery etc. Act 1993 governs the operation and regulation of The National Lottery, and sets out National Lottery policy, including the financial framework for the 12 Lottery Distribution Bodies. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is the Government department responsible for The National Lottery. 

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Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and is responsible for licensing and regulating the National Lottery. Its objectives are to preserve the integrity of the Lottery, protect players and maximise returns to Good Causes. 

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As operator of The National Lottery, Camelot designs games and sells tickets to raise money for Good Causes. Camelot does not decide which Good Causes to fund, which is the role of the 12 Lottery Distribution Bodies.


12 Lottery Distribution Bodies

These distribution bodies choose the projects National Lottery funding will go to in the arts, charities, education, environment, health, heritage, sports and voluntary sectors.

Our directors

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Jo Taylor


Jo Taylor joined Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) in 2012 as Head of the London Office for Teachers’ Private Capital and, in 2014, was promoted to Regional Managing Director, EMEA. In that role, Jo has responsibility for overseeing the full cycle of origination, analysis, execution, value creation and eventual realisation of private investments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Jo has over 30 years’ investment experience, including more than 20 years with 3i Group plc, an international private equity and infrastructure investor. There he was the Head of Venture, Member of Group Management and Investment Committees, and CEO of US Investment Subsidiaries. As well as his role as Chairman of Camelot, Jo is also currently Chairman of Helly Hansen and a non-executive director at Premier Lotteries, Scotia Gas Networks and Burton's Biscuits. Jo holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and a BA (Honours) from London University.


Nigel Railton

CEO, Camelot UK

Nigel Railton is CEO of Camelot UK, which has operated one of the world's most successful lotteries since it was established in 1994.

He was previously CEO of Camelot Global, which runs a growing portfolio of consultancy and private management contracts for which it has earned an industry-leading reputation. During his time at Camelot Global, Nigel was integral in securing the 10-year private management agreement to run the Illinois Lottery and worked very closely with Camelot's shareholder, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP), in the successful bid to operate the Irish National Lottery. This was in addition to negotiating a five-year contract to work with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to help it improve its lottery sales, as well as launching a new online gaming platform for Swiss lottery operator Loterie Romande.

Nigel joined Camelot in 1998 as Financial Controller and became Finance Director in 2003, later joining Camelot's Board in January 2006. He was also on the board of Camelot's venture in South Africa from 2003 to 2005, which saw the company establish and support the successful operation of the inaugural South African National Lottery.

Having played a key role in Camelot's successful bid to operate the UK National Lottery in the third licence period, Nigel became Finance and Operations Director in 2007, assuming overall responsibility for the successful implementation of Camelot's transition commitments. This saw Camelot complete the largest and fastest lottery upgrade of its kind in the world – with an entirely new network of touch-screen terminals and cutting-edge digital media screens; an upgraded gaming system via a brand new communications network; and a new, next-generation National Lottery website, with a re-designed interface and host of new functions.

In 2008, working alongside then Group CEO Dianne Thompson, Nigel took responsibility for developing Camelot's overall strategy for both the UK and international markets, and drove the sale of Camelot to OTPP in 2010. He then became Group CFO and Strategy Director, securing a four-year extension to Camelot's current licence, which now runs until 2023.

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Jane Rowe

Shareholder-Nominated Non-Executive Director

Jane joined OTPP in 2010 as Senior Vice-President of Teachers' Private Capital and has since assumed additional responsibilities for the organisation's international strategy pertaining to its expanding physical presence, as well as the Long-Term Equities group. She also sits on the board of Cadillac Fairview, OTPP's wholly-owned real estate subsidiary.

Prior to joining OTPP, Jane held progressively senior roles at Scotiabank and its affiliates. In addition, she received a B.Comm. (Hons) from Memorial University, an MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business and has ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Sir Patrick Brown

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sir Patrick Brown held various positions in the Department of Transport and the Department of the Environment, becoming Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive of the Property Services Agency in 1990. He was Permanent Secretary for the Department of Transport from 1991 to 1997. Sir Patrick became a non-executive director of the Go-Ahead Group plc in 1999 and its Chairman in 2002.

More recently Sir Patrick was appointed to the Board of the Northumbrian Water Group in May 2003 and to the Board of Northumbrian Water Limited in January 2006.   He is also Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Alexander Proudfoot UK.

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Tony Illsley

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tony began his career with Colgate Palmolive, working in the marketing area, before moving to PepsiCo where he enjoyed roles including Operations Director for Northern Europe, President of PepsiCo Asia Pacific, and President of Walkers Snack Foods. The former Chief Executive of Telewest plc, the broadband cable TV/telecoms operator, Tony left the company in 2000, following the merger with Flextech and launched a portfolio career.

Tony was formerly a Senior Independent Director on the board of easyJet plc and has had a number of Non-Executive Board positions in public and private equity-backed companies.

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David Kelly

Independent Non-Executive Director

David is considered a key leader in the e-commerce sector, having been involved from the very early days in the UK. Most notably, he held the roles of Operations Director at Amazon from 1998 to 2000; Chief Operating Officer at from 2000 to 2003; Vice President, Operations/Chief Operating Officer at eBay from 2003 to 2007; and Senior Vice President of International at Rackspace from 2010 to 2012.

In 2007, David co-founded and, more recently, has built a wide portfolio of non-executive and advisory positions – including Chairman/Non-Executive Director of Love Home Swap, Pure 360 and Car Loan 4U.

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Rob Rowley

Independent Non-Executive Director

Rob joined Reuters in 1978 where he held various senior management positions, including Finance Director from 1990 to 2000. He retired as a director of Reuters Group plc in December 2001. Rob was previously Deputy Chairman of Cable & Wireless plc, and a non-executive Director of Intu Properties plc from 2004 to 2013, Prudential plc and Taylor Nelson Sofres plc.

Additional appointments: Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director of Taylor Wimpey plc; non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Group PLC; non-executive Director of Greene King plc; non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Morgan Advanced Materials.