Lorna has been with the firm since 2004, playing an instrumental role in developing the company's gaming proposition. She is part of a 23-strong gaming team at SMP Partners, which now looks after 50% of the Island's licensed gaming companies.
Business Development Director David Hudson said: 'Lorna's promotion represents another major step forward for SMP Partners as we maintain and increase our dominant position as the leading provider of professional services to the e-gaming industry in the Isle of Man, and around the world.
'Over the last five years, Lorna has been instrumental in the developing the company's gaming proposition and she will be absolutely central to continuing that development in the future, as we help attract more business to the Isle of Man and deliver the very highest standards of service for all our clients.
'Lorna has built a detailed understanding of the regulations and requirements surrounding e-gaming licences and over the last 4 years Lorna and her team have provided the project management for 60% of the gaming licence applications approved by the Island's Gambling Supervision Commission. She has developed expertise across a broad range of gambling and gaming models and as Head of Gaming Development, Lorna will play a pivotal role as we push forward into new service offerings and markets.'
Lorna is approved as "Key Staff" with the Financial Supervision Commission and as a Director and Operations Manager with the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. She also sits on the board of a number of Isle of Man-licensed gaming companies and has significant experience in this area.
She added: 'I am very proud and excited to have been asked to take on this challenging position.
'The e-gaming industry worldwide is going through a period of change and uncertainty as regulation and legislation are scrutinised and developed. The experience and expertise of the e-gaming team at SMP Partners will be crucial to understanding and responding to these testing times and to deliver the best outcomes for our clients.'
Actively managing half of the Isle of Man's licensed gaming operators, SMP has successfully guided many of the Island's licence applications through the licensing process. In addition to a dedicated gaming team, a number of technical experts are called upon from other parts of the Group, including VAT and tax consultants, accountants, corporate management specialists and in-house lawyers. SMP Partners offers clients a wide range of services, including consultancy and support in securing the Isle of Man Gambling Licence, tax and corporate structuring, VAT consultancy, company formation and on-going corporate services, and utilises an extensive network of contacts within the gaming industry to facilitate introduction to banking, payment service and hosting providers, software development and testing companies.