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"We have focused on achieving long-term growth by putting our players first."

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Camelot Chief Executive Dianne Thompson

I have been Camelot’s Chief Executive for 12 years now and I can honestly say that it has been the best time of my life.

Over my 12-year tenure, we have focused on achieving long-term growth by putting our players first – through offering them an enhanced and regularly-refreshed range of games, and focusing on innovation to give them what they want, when they want it.

Camelot has run the UK National Lottery for over 19 years now and it has never been in better shape. I’m delighted to report that in the last financial year, we achieved our highest-ever annual National Lottery sales of over £6.9 billion.

I’m also proud to say that we have achieved this success in a responsible way. Camelot was the first operator to be recognised by the World Lottery Association for achieving the highest standards in responsible play – and today, corporate responsibility and integrity remain at the heart of what we do.

If we are global best in class, then I believe we should have global ambitions to match. Our shareholder, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, is fully supportive of our aspirations and has committed to our strategy to diversify beyond our core UK operations.

By pursuing a number of overseas lottery opportunities during the course of the current 14-year lottery Licence, we aim to become a leading global lottery operator and services provider, working in multiple markets and jurisdictions.

We are also wholly committed to developing our commercial services business, which offers services like mobile top-ups and bill payments to markets worldwide.

Our consultancy team in California has already made excellent progress, while in 2010, Camelot was shortlisted for the final round of bidding for the Illinois Lottery – the first US state to privatise the management of its lottery.

Whatever happens in the future, one thing remains certain for Camelot. Through creating winners and generating returns to society, I can’t think of any other business that has such a profound impact on transforming people’s lives, week in, week out. I know it has certainly changed mine!

 

Dianne Thompson,

Group CEO, Camelot Group of Companies