The Chief Executive of WhistleblowersUK, Georgina Halford-Hall, met with the Tynwald Select Committee on Whistleblowing on Tuesday September 24.
The committee Ms Julie Edge MHK (Chairman), Mrs Jane Poole-Wilson MLC, and Mrs Kerry Sharpe MLC, was formed in March 2018 to review the effectiveness of the Isle of Man Government’s current whistleblowing policy and any relevant legislation, and then to report.
Ms Halford-Hall, who has personal experience of the difficulties whistleblowers experience when making disclosures in the public interest, spoke to the committee about her work with Westminster’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Whistleblowing, to which the not-for-profit organisation WhistleblowersUK acts as Secretariat.
She also outlined the APPG’s findings and recommendations in its report, Whistleblowing: 'The Personal Cost of Doing the Right Thing and the Cost to Society of Ignoring it', published in July 2019 and expected to be the first of three.
The report aims ‘to shine a light’ on how best to change attitudes towards and strengthen support for whistleblowers.
Ms Edge said: ‘The committee was pleased to hear from Ms Halford-Hall, who offered an insightful perspective on whistleblowing, which will inform our thinking ahead of reporting to Tynwald.’