Rick Smith is the Head of Government Affairs, Policy and Regulation for the UC Group, an international Internet payment services provider. He was previously a gaming regulator in Australia and New Zealand and former Executive Director of the Interactive Gaming Council. UC Group and its operating company, SecureTrading, are based in the U.K. with the UC Group being founded in 1999. It has offices in Bromley in Kent, England, and an operation and development center in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales. UC Group is the U.K.’s leading independent Internet payment services provider with its clients including eCommerce merchants in sectors such as travel, retail and Internet gambling. Additional information about the UC Group can be found at the company’s Web site, www.uc.com.