Camelot staffer exits after complaint to NLC

A Camelot media relations team member has resigned after admitting soliciting information under an assumed name from a lottery consultant.

Camelot told PRWeek it launched an investigation after it was contacted by the National Lottery Commission regarding an allegation against a member of staff. The allegation was made by a freelance consultant Glenn Barry, based in Australia.

In an email seen by PRWeek Barry alleged he had been contacted by a person under an assumed name asking his opinion about the UK National Lottery Licence competition, and who might be bidding.

The member of staff is believed to be media relations manager Alexia Latham, although Camelot declined to confirm this. The media relations department said Latham was ‘not available’.

Robert Byrne, media relations manager at Camelot, said: ‘As a result of our investigation the member of staff later admitted that – without any reference to her line manager or other senior managers, and acting alone – she had set up an email account under an assumed name. The member of staff concerned conceded that she had made a serious error – and offered to resign. Camelot has accepted the employee’s resignation.’

He added: ‘We have written to the NLC to provide it with the results of the investigation – and the prompt action which has been taken. Camelot’s commitment to the highest standards of probity means that it cannot and will not condone this type of behaviour.’  

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