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.