Published on: 2023-01-25
eCOGRA today announced Mark Brooker has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of eCOGRA Holding Limited. Brooker succeeds Matthew Peacock, Founder and Chairman of Hanover Investors, who served as Chairman of the eCOGRA Board since December 2021, when eCOGRA was acquired by Hanover Investors.
Shaun McCallaghan, Chief Executive Officer, said “I would like to thank Matthew for his leadership of the eCOGRA Board over the last year, and for the impact he has made on our business. Matthew has provided invaluable strategic insight and I wish him every success in the future.”
Commenting on Brooker’s appointment, McCallaghan continued “Mark’s experience leading and developing organisations across numerous international markets, as well as his extensive background within the gambling sector make him uniquely positioned to provide guidance on the future development of our organisation. I look forward to working closely with him as we continue our expansion into new jurisdictions.”
Mark Brooker brings substantial executive advisory experience to eCOGRA, having spent the past ten years in leadership roles at digital-led businesses. He currently serves on boards in both PLC and PE backed companies including Findmypast, Future, Heathrow Airport and Paysafe. Within the gambling sector he previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Betfair Group (now part of Flutter Entertainment) until 2016 and then as Senior Independent Director of William Hill PLC until the company was acquired by Caesars Entertainment in 2021.
Speaking on his new appointment, Mark Brooker said “I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to Chair such an internationally renowned business with an impressive lineage in player protection, responsible gaming and regulatory certification activities. I look forward to work closely with eCOGRA to enhance its commercial capacities as it continues to expand into new markets across the globe.”
The announcement of Brooker’s appointment comes just weeks after eCOGRA have been authorised to offer certification services as an independent testing laboratory (ITL) in Pennsylvania and Michigan on the satisfactory completion of rigorous checks by the relevant Gaming Control Boards. eCOGRA is the first laboratory headquartered outside of the US to be authorised to operate in these states, a welcome addition to their US jurisdictions which also include Colorado and New Jersey.
Founded in 2003 to establish and improve operational standards and player safety requirements in the online gambling space, eCOGRA has amassed a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice standards and requirements and ensuring these are maintained through regular review and monitoring.
eCOGRA acts as a regulatory audit partner to over 200 multi-jurisdictional operators, software providers and other relevant service providers in the online gambling industry.
It is the first online gambling testing laboratory authorised to offer operators and service providers accredited ISO/IEC 27001 certifications for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and is the only laboratory able to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. The company is an approved testing laboratory with several online gambling jurisdictions.
The Independent Testing Laboratory is staffed by a team of professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information security experts, test engineers and responsible gambling specialists.
eCOGRA’s jurisdictions can be viewed on their website https://ecogra.org/about-us/jurisdictional-approvals. eCOGRA have never had any of their accreditations suspended or revoked, or any application for approval by a jurisdictional regulator rejected.
For more information about eCOGRA’s testing and certification services, please visit www.ecogra.org.