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Allwyn has appointed Mark Hughes as its new chief security officer for The National Lottery.

Hughes will sit on Allwyn’s Executive Leadership Team and will start his role on 15 January, ahead of 1 February when Allwyn will take over the operation of The National Lottery.

His role will include information security, game platform security and physical security. Hughes joins from Smart DCC, the organisation responsible for the secure and interoperable communication network that supports the rollout of smart meters across the UK, where he was chief information security officer.

He previously spent 16 years at Vodafone, including 12 years as chief corporate security officer for its UK business.

Allwyn’s UK CEO Andria Vidler said: “Preserving the security of The National Lottery at all times is of critical importance, including as we roll out our ambitious plans for the transformation of The National Lottery so that it becomes more modern, digital and engaging for players. I’m delighted to welcome Mark to our team.”

Commenting on his new role, Hughes said~: “I’m thrilled to be joining Allwyn and being part of the next chapter in the journey of the National Lottery.  Working for an organisation that literally makes dreams come true and contributes to good causes is a huge privilege and I can’t wait to get started.”

National Lottery Transfer of Retailer Agreement

The deadline for retailers signing their National Lottery Transfer of Retailer Agreement has passed however, there is still opportunity for those that haven’t signed up.

Allwyn’s director of channel operations, Alex Green, said: “Transferring our network of National Lottery retail partners ahead of the Fourth Licence is a massive ongoing project, and we’re thrilled by the high level of engagement and fantastic continued co-operation we’ve had from retailers – with 97% of independent retailers signing up in time for the deadline. We can’t thank them enough for prioritising this and are delighted they’ll continue to join us on the exciting journey from 1 February, helping to raise over £30 million a week for National Lottery-funded projects.

“For those independents who weren’t able to sign up in time, they can still access the transfer portal at or call the Retailer Hotline on 0800 8 40 50 60 (option 2, option 5). Although there’s no guarantee that their transfer will be processed in time, we’ll be doing everything we can – as we truly value every one of our retail partners.”