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About the Commissioners

The Jersey Gambling Commission consists of a chairman and two members, all of whom are appointed on the recommendation of the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture.


The current members are:


Advocate Cyril Whelan


Called to the English bar in 1979 and to the Jersey bar in 1982, Advocate Whelan spent 28 years as senior legal adviser in the Law Officers’ Department in Jersey. He was appointed to the office of Crown Advocate immediately upon the creation of that office in 1987 and remains the Island’s longest serving Crown Advocate. He has served from time to time as Jersey’s acting Attorney General. Advocate Whelan retired from the Law Officers’ Department in 2007 and is currently a Senior Consultant at the local law firm Baker and Partners. Among other positions of public service, he acts as one of Jersey’s relief Coroners. Advocate Whelan became a Commissioner of the Jersey Financial Services Commission on 1st June 2010.



Debbie Sebire


Ms Sebire is currently a Member of the Jersey Police Complaints Authority and a non-executive director of Coutts & Co Trustees (Jersey) Limited.  From 2004 to 2012 Ms Sebire was the Director, Trust Company Business for the Jersey Financial Services Commission.  Following the introduction of trust company regulation, this role involved establishing a practical framework to supervise trust companies in accordance with the newly introduced Laws, Orders and Codes of Practice.  The role also involved overseeing the investigation and any resultant application of enforcement measures to both individuals and trust companies, as necessary.  From 1991 to 2004 Ms Sebire worked as a Director of Citigroup's Jersey Trust Company, responsible at various times for running the Jersey Trust Company and a Mutual Fund Unit.   Additionally she also moved to Singapore for the purpose of establishing a trust presence in that region for Citigroup.  Ms Sebire is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.



Advocate Matthew Swan


Matthew Swan recently retired as a partner of the Jersey office of Ogier, a global offshore law firm, after working there for twenty years.   During his time there, he was managing partner of the Jersey legal office and headed the Banking and Finance practice.  He was ranked as a leading individual for finance in both Legal 500 and Chambers and, amongst other things, was heavily involved in the drafting and implementation of the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012.  He is on the Board of Examiners for the Jersey bar exam.  He has been qualified as an English solicitor and Cayman attorney-at -law.  He is active as an advisor for the Jersey Citizens Advice. 


The Chief Executive of the Jersey Gambling Commission is:


Dr Jason Lane

Chief Executive

Jason started his career as a gaming regulator in 2001 within the Jersey Civil Service.  As part of governmental reforms in 2003 gambling became part of the newly formed Economic Development Department and Jason took responsibility for a wider set of regulatory functions as Director of Regulatory Services.  Jason left the civil service and became Chief Executive of the independent Jersey Gambling Commission on its inception in 2010. Jason has degrees in Politics, International Studies and a PhD in Policing.  He is a former Chairman (2014-16) of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), an active participant in the IAGR e-gaming working group and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. In 2014 Jason was appointed by the Minister for Home Affairs as a founding Board Member of the Jersey Police Authority and became Deputy Chairman in 2015, where he has oversight of business and performance management, workforce management and succession planning within the States of Jersey Police.