|Alan Willis, the former General Secretary of the British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA), passed away on December 28 after a long illness.|
Willis was an influential figure in the British gambling industry and was involved in shaping the 1968 Gambling Act legislation that still governs many aspects of the industry today. He was given the Order Of The British Empire (OBE) title in the 1980s in recognition of his services to the industry and served BACTA for over 30 years.
'Alan was a gentleman who earned the respect of everyone fortunate enough to come into contact with him,” said Nick Harding, National President for BACTA.
“He was instrumental in the formation of BACTA and gave a large chunk of his life to the amusements business. We owe him a massive debt of gratitude. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector and the people in it and developed an enviable network of political contacts. He earned respect in the corridors of BACTA and Parliament alike and his reputation was such that people stood out of respect when he entered the room.”