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Catharine Seddon

Commissioner and Senior Independent Director

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Catharine brings experience of regulation in a wide variety of sectors as well as media knowledge.

She started as a graduate trainee producer with the BBC and soon specialised in high-end film documentary, eventually setting up her own production company.

In 2000, she became a magistrate and eventually left television to take up other judicial roles.

Catharine also became a member of the Human Tissue Authority and the independent appeals committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She is also a trustee for The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Catharine has a wide ranging portfolio, which includes positions on:

  • the Legal Services Board
  • the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator
  • tribunals in mental health and employment and as a lay assessor on high profile civil cases in the county courts.
  • the Human Tissue Authority‚Äôs Audit and Risk Committee as Chair.

Senior Independent Director

Catharine is also the Gambling Commission's Senior Independent Director. Her role is to act as an intermediary for our Board of Commissioners and Commission staff. Also, to intervene in the event there is a dispute with the Chair.

The Senior Independent Director also leads the annual appraisal of the Chair, and takes a role in investigating or reviewing complaints made under our Public Interest Disclosure Policy.