Education: Kirk Michael Primary School, Ramsey Grammar School; Loughborough Training College, Leicestershire; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS); Associate of the Institute of Chartered Bankers (ACIB); Teaching Diploma

Family: Married to Dorothy (née Wagstaff), 1 son and 1 daughter

Career: Teaching in England, 1961-63 and in Canada, 1967-68; Partner in family building partnership 1963-67; Isle of Man Bank 1968-72; Union-Fidelity Trustee Co Ltd, Sydney, Australia 1972-73; Slater Walker (IOM) Ltd 1973-76, Rea Brothers (IOM) Ltd, first Manager and Company Secretary, 1976-80 BA Australia Ltd, Bank of America, Sydney, Australia, Administration Manager and Company Secretary, 1980-83; Eagle Star (International Life) Ltd, Company Secretary and Director in 1983-92; Executive Director of various Manx and foreign subsidiaries; Chartered Company Secretary in Public Practice from 1992-2000; Manager and Director of Murray and Roberts (Isle of Man) Limited and also director of subsidiary and associated Group Companies, 1994-2000; Non-Executive Director of Zurich Insurance Company Isle of Man and also a Non-Executive Director of Allied Dunbar Bank International Limited and of Allied Dunbar International Fund Managers Limited, 1997-2000; Director of Marin Insurance Company Limited 2006-2008 


Parliamentary Profile


Member of the Legislative Council 2007-15
Member of the Department of Economic Development with responsibility for Financial Services and Companies Registry 2011-15
Member of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee 2013-15

Parliamentary Career

Member: Education 1995-96, Trade and Industry (responsibility for the Shipping Register) 1996-99, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 1998-99, Local Government and the Environment; Manx Museum and National Trust 1998-2001, Treasury (Member of the Value for Money Committee and Whitley Council) 2001-03, Government Planning Committee 2005-07, Transport (responsibility for the Design and Works Division) 2007-08, Health and Social Security (Health Division; Chair of Health Division meetings, Clinical Recommendations Committee and the Reciprocal Health Agreement Working Party; Acting Chair of the Audit Committee; Member of the Sporting and Healthy Schools Partnership Committee and Children’s Committee 2008-10), Social Care (responsibility for Social Security) 2010–11, Home Affairs with responsibility for Fire and Rescue Service, Emergency Planning and Civil Defence and the Communications Division 2010–12

Chairman: Planning Committee 1999-2001, Financial Supervision Commission, Isle of Man Post Office 2008-11, Isle of Man Post Office Superannuation Fund 2008-11, Police Advisory Group 2010–12, DHA Scrutiny Committee 2010–12, Medicines Commission 1997-2012

Committees of Tynwald: Expenditure and Public Accounts 1995-2003, Declaration of Members’ Interests 1995-98, Select Committee re Wolstenholme 1996, Select Committee considering Pensions, Pension Supplement and Pension Equalisation 1997-99, Ecclesiastical 1998-2001, Equalisation of Pension Age 1997-99, Scrutiny 2008-10, Standing Orders 2008-10, Select Committee on Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander 2010-11

Chairman: Economic Initiatives 1999-2003

House of Keys’ Committees: Standing Orders to 1998, Estate Agents Bill 1998

Legislative Council Committees: Special Committee of the Council on the Law Relating to Smoking

Council of Ministers’ Committees: Princess Diana Memorial 1997-99, Constitutional and External Relations May 1999-2003

Other Parliamentary Positions: Trustee of Manx National Heritage (Legislative Council delegate) 1998-2003

Electoral History

Contested Douglas North unsuccessfully in 1991, elected as Member of the House of Keys for Douglas North in 1995. First stood for and elected as Member of the Legislative Council in 1998-2003, re-elected in 2007 and 2010 for a term expiring on the 28th February 2015

Commonwealth Parlimentary Association

Member: Isle of Man Branch

Study Visits: Westminster, London 1997; Brussels, 1999

Plenary Conference: Australia 2001


Member's Interests