Gambling advisory firm hires renowned regulator

By Jerome Doraisamy|01 September 2020
Paul Newson

Senet has appointed the former executive director of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing as the new head of its advisory practice.

Senet, an Australian multidisciplinary advisory firm specialising in gambling law, regulation, advisory services and compliance training, has appointed Paul Newson as head of its advisory practice.

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Prior to joining Senet, Mr Newson was the deputy secretary of the NSW Department of Industry, responsible for liquor, gambling and racing public policy and regulation in NSW, as well as the former CEO of Greyhound Racing NSW. He is the current president of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.

In his new role, Mr Newson will be responsible for strategic planning, regulatory strategy and policy, independent reviews and investigations, product approvals, responsible gambling, risk management and compliance frameworks. 

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Speaking about the appointment, Senet principal of gambling law and regulation Julian Hoskins said: “As previous CEO at Greyhound Racing NSW and [deputy secretary] responsible for liquor, gambling and racing in NSW, Paul brings unmatched regulatory knowledge and expertise to the Senet team.”

“No other firm offers the breadth of specialist services Senet does, and Paul’s reputation for advancing regulatory policy and practice precedes him. Paul led the strategic positioning and direction of the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund which substantially enhanced its capacity to tackle gambling-related harm,” he said.

“And, given his advocacy for innovation and sustainable industry development, he’s a perfect fit for the work we do, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team.” 

Alexandra Hoskins, who is the principal of Senet’s compliance academy, added that Mr Newson would “significantly enhance” the firm’s expertise across the sector.

“Paul is an extremely dynamic executive, so this is an exciting time for us at Senet. His regulatory pedigree is second to none, which is exactly what our clients need when presenting with incredibly complex issues requiring commercial, political and social considerations,” she said.

The addition of Mr Newson will see, the firm said in a statement, “the formation of the largest and most experienced dedicated gambling legal and regulatory compliance advisory team in Australia”.

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