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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Sir Hugh Robertson


Sir Hugh became Chair of the British Olympic Association in 2016, having previously served as Olympics Minister during London 2012 before becoming the Minister of State at the Foreign Office responsible for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism.

He worked for Schroder Investment Management before he was elected as MP for Faversham & Mid Kent in 2001. From 2010 to 2013, as Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Sir Hugh was responsible for the successful rebuilding of Stratford’s dated infrastructure and the construction of a 560-acre Olympic Park, as well the delivery of London 2012 – and is credited with securing the most ambitious ever programme of major sports events for this country, and delivering the best ever funding package for Olympic sport through to Rio 2016 and beyond.

He is Chairman of the Racing Authority and has chaired the Canterbury Cathedral Appeal since 2015.

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Robert Walker

Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director

Robert is currently Chairman of Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns), the largest portfolio manager of pubs in the UK, and has an extensive track record of chair positions at large public companies, with recent appointments including Chairman of Travis Perkins, WHSmith, BCA Europe and Williams Lea.

He started his career at Procter & Gamble before moving to McKinsey & Company. Robert then went on to spend more than 20 years at PepsiCo, where he was responsible for the company’s beverage businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, before moving to Severn Trent from 1999 to 2005 – holding the position of Group CEO from 2000 to 2005. Robert has also held a number of non-executive roles at a wide range of companies. These have included Wolseley, BAA, Tate & Lyle, Signet Group and Thomson Travel.


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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Jo Taylor

Shareholder-Nominated Non-Executive Director

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 Senior Managing Director – International. In that role, Jo has responsibility for overseeing the full cycle of origination, analysis, execution, value creation and eventual realisation of private investments in EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

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.

In his career, Jo has worked with many boards, including while in his role at OTPP: Burton's Biscuits, Busy Bees, Helly Hansen, ISS, Ontario Airports Investments Limited and Scotia Gas Networks. Jo holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and a BA (Honours) from London University.

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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 Long-Term Equities group. She also sits on the board of Cadillac Fairview, OTPP's wholly-owned real estate subsidiary, and Arterra Wines Canada.

Prior to joining OTPP, Jane held progressively senior roles at Scotiabank and its affiliates. In addition, she received a BComm (Honours) 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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David Kelly

Independent Non-Executive Director

David's speciality is leading internet and technology businesses, from start-ups to fast-scaling and established global brands. He is currently Chairman of Pure360, and MBA & Company, and acts as a Non-Executive Director at Trinity Mirror, On The Beach and Qliro Group in Stockholm.

Previously, David was Senior Vice President of Rackspace International, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of, Chief Operating Officer at eBay Inc. (Europe), Chief Operating Officer at, and Operations Director at

He holds a BA in Computing from Leicester University, and an MBA in Marketing and a PhD in Business Strategy – both from Cass Business School.

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Jennelle Tilling

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jennelle has over 25 years’ consumer marketing, digital and innovation experience with leading global FMCG and food retail brands spanning UK, international and global roles. She spent over 17 years working for Yum! Restaurants International in a variety of senior marketing roles across the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands. This culminated in Jennelle serving as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for KFC – where she was responsible for the company’s brand marketing, communications, innovation, digital presence and brand reputation in over 125 countries around the world.

Jennelle is the Founder and Chief Brand Strategist at Marketing with Insight – a London-based brand consultancy specialising in retail, food and beverage strategy – and is a Fellow of The Marketing Society and a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain. She is also a member and Past President of Women in Advertising and Communications London, a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle, and a mentor to The Marketing Academy.

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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.

He is also Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Greene King plc.