Published September 2016; updated February 2022
The Clerk of Tynwald’s Office provides services to Tynwald Court and the Branches. Details of the work of each team, including the particular services available to Members and, where applicable, staff of the Isle of Man Government and the general public, are set out below.
Since January 2022, the Office has been re-organised based on function.
Information about the new structure is provided below.
To contact the Office:
The Clerk of Tynwald’s Office
Isle of Man
Phone: +44 (0) 1624 685500
There are two full-time Clerks. In addition to their work in Tynwald Court and the Branches, set out in the respective chapters of this Companion, each has specific management responsibilities in the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald. This information, along with a short biography of the current postholder, is set out below.
Clerk of Tynwald, Secretary of the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker
The post of Clerk of Tynwald is held concurrently with that of Secretary of the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker, and both offices are held ‘during pleasure’. As Clerk, the postholder assists the President in organising the business of Tynwald; as Secretary of the House, the postholder assists the Speaker in organising the business of the Keys. The particular duties undertaken in the House of Keys and Tynwald are described in the respective chapters of this Companion.
The postholder is also the head of the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office and is responsible for the facilities, secretariat, and staffing of the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald and Legislative Precincts. The postholder reports to and is responsible for ensuring that the decisions of the Management Committee of Tynwald are implemented. The postholder is also Accounting Officer for Tynwald and its Branches.
The current postholder is Dr Jonathan King LLB MA DPhil LRSM, who was appointed in 2021.
Jonathan, LLB MA DPhil LRSM
Tel: 01624 686303
Deputy Clerk and Clerk of the Legislative Council
The positions of Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk of the Legislative Council are held concurrently, the former being held ‘during pleasure’; the postholder is also Deputy Secretary of the House of Keys. As Clerk of the Council, the postholder assists the President in organising the business of the Legislative Council. In the other two Chambers the postholder deputises for the Clerk of Tynwald and Secretary of the House of Keys. The particular duties undertaken in each Chamber are detailed in the respective chapters of this Companion.
The postholder also assists and deputises for the Clerk of Tynwald with regard to the management of the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office.
The present Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk of the Legislative Council is Joann Corkish, who was appointed in 2021.
Joann, CMgr MCMI FRSA
Tel: 01624 685511
b. Legislative Services
Legislative Services are those directly in support of the functions of the legislature, which are primarily:
• Chamber work: providing procedural advice to presiding officers, Members, witnesses and petitioners; preparing and publishing Order Papers, Question Papers, Votes and Proceedings, Hansard, Bills, secondary legislation and other papers laid before Tynwald, including Standing Orders;
• Committee work: providing procedural advice to Members, chairs and witnesses; preparation of minutes, agendas and reports;
• Parliamentary research: demand-led research and information services in response to requests from Members and Committees; proactive research.
. Head of Legislative Services
The Head of Legislative Services is responsible for the delivery of all legislative services and is accountable to the Clerk and Deputy Clerk. The present postholder is Carlos Phillips.
PHILLIPS, Carlos, LLB, MCIPR
ii. Table and Publications Office
This Office provides administrative support for sittings, parliamentary publications, and the delivery of the Official Report (Hansard), as well as support for the procedural Committees of Tynwald and the Branches.
The team can assist with queries about:
• Tabling Questions and Motions in Tynwald and the Branches;
• Submitting items to the Register of Business;
• The Listen Live and Again service.
Table and Chamber queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hansard queries: email@example.com
iii. Research and Scrutiny Support Office
This Office provides high quality, accurate and politically impartial research, analysis and information to individual Members, Committees, and Clerk of Tynwald’s Office staff. The team also supports the clerking of the scrutiny Committees and provides administrative support for all Committees of Tynwald and the Branches.
Research queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee queries: email@example.com
c. Corporate and Engagement Services
Corporate and Engagement Services are those functions which keep legislative services running and explain them to others. These include finance, HR, information management (including FOI and Data Protection), and facilities and asset management; and conferences and events, outreach and education services, and public information services.
iv. Head of Corporate and Engagement Services
The Head of Corporate and Engagement Services is responsible for the delivery of all corporate and engagement services and is accountable to the Clerk and Deputy Clerk. The present postholder is Ruth Donnelly.
DONNELLY, Ruth, BA Hons
Corporate Services Office
This Office is responsible for the administrative, operational and governance functions of Tynwald providing services for Members and officers. The team’s primary roles are managing information systems, financial operations, human resources, estate management, information governance, safeguarding and health and safety.
The Seneschal, who is part of the Corporate Services Office, manages the Messengers and Security Guards (Gardyn Coadee) and has overall responsibility for the fabric of the Legislative Buildings.Although Seneschal is an historic title, the present role dates from 2006 and continues to evolve. The Messengers and Security Guards control public access to the Legislative Buildings during sittings, distribute papers, and do any other work as required.
ii. Engagement Services Office
This Office is responsible for managing the internal and outward facing activities of Tynwald and the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald. The team focuses on delivering outreach events as part of an annual events programme; supporting inter-parliamentary activities; relationship building, and developing opportunities to strengthen engagement with Tynwald.
d. Parliamentary Interns
In 2014 the position of Parliamentary Intern was created. The primary aim of this role is to provide experience of the workings of a modern parliament for the intern, but also for him or her to spread understanding of Tynwald in the wider community, for instance though a monthly blog, and school visits. The intern is recruited on a fixed-term annual basis. The position has been held by:
2014-2015 Amelia Quinn
2015-2016 Nicola Cowsill
2016 Charlie Shimmins
2017 Alex McQuarrie
2017-2018 Samantha Kenny
2018-2019 Benjamin Awkal and Emma Gaines
2019-2020 Inge Perry and Peter Smith
2020-2021 Kieran Skehan
2021-2022 Aiza Khan
2021 Cameron Byrne
2021-2022 Sam Bowers
 Standing Orders of Tynwald, 9.2(1) and Standing Orders of the House of Keys, 9.3.1
 Standing Orders of Tynwald, 9.3 (1)
 Standing Orders of Tynwald, 2.1(3)(b)
 Standing Orders of Tynwald, 2.1(3)(e)