Isle of Man Government

The Isle of Man Government (Manx: Reiltys Ellan Vannin) is the government of the Isle of Man. The formal head of the Isle of Man Government is the Lieutenant Governor, the personal representative of Charles III. The executive head is the Chief Minister.

Douglas, the largest town in the Isle of Man, is its capital and seat of government, where most Government offices and the parliament chambers (Tynwald) are located.

The Civil Service has more than 2,000 employees and the total number of public sector employees including civil servants, teachers, nurses, police, etc. was 7,413 full time equivalent at 31 March 2019.[1] This is just under 10% of the population of the Island and 21%[1] of the working population. This does not include any military forces, as defence is the constitutional responsibility of the United Kingdom.

Government structure

The Government consists of eight departments, seven statutory boards, and numerous other governmental and quasi-independent agencies. The departments all report directly to the Council of Ministers through their respective minister. Departments 'sponsor' other public bodies to enable a conduit into the Council of Ministers. This arrangement extends to Tynwald and its branches for public bodies that do not have a member of Tynwald on their board.

  • Council of Ministers
    • Attorney General's Chambers
    • General Registry (Isle of Man Courts and Tribunals)
    • Isle of Man Information Commissioner
    • Manx Industrial Relations Service
  • Cabinet Office
    • Public Services Commission
    • Safeguarding Board
  • Department of Education, Sport and Culture
    • Culture Vannin (Manx Heritage Foundation)
    • Isle of Man Arts Council
    • Isle of Man Sport (Isle of Man Sports Council)
    • Swimming Pool Authorities
  • Department for Enterprise
  • Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture
    • Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading
    • Planning Committee
    • Road Transport and Licensing Committee
  • Department of Health and Social Care
    • Manx Care
  • Department of Home Affairs
    • Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority[2]
    • Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Department of Infrastructure
    • Manx Utilities Authority
    • Local government
  • The Treasury
    • Isle of Man Financial Services Authority
    • Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
    • Manx Lottery Trust
    • Public Sector Pensions Authority

Government personnel


  • Cabinet Office (Oik Coonceil ny Shirveishee)
    • Minister for the Cabinet Office – Kate Lord-Breenan MHK[3]
    • Chief Secretary (as accounting officer): Caldric Randall (interim)[4]
  • Department of Education, Sport and Culture (Rheynn Ynsee Spoyrt as Cultoor)
    • Minister for Education, Sport and Culture (Shirveishagh son Ynsee Spoyrt as Cultoor): Julie Edge MHK[3]
    • Chief Executive: Graham Kinrade[5]
  • Department for Enterprise (Rheynn Gastid Dellal)
    • Minister for Enterprise (Shirveishagh son Gastid Dellal): Lawrie Hooper MHK[6]
    • Chief Executive: Mark Lewin
  • Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (Rheynn Chymmyltaght, Bee as Eirinys)
    • Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture (Shirveishagh son Chymmyltaght, Bee as Eirinys): Clare Barber MHK[3]
    • Chief Executive: Steven Stanley (interim)
  • Department of Health and Social Care (Rheynn Slaynt as Kiarail y Theay)
    • Minister for Health and Social Care (Shirveishagh son Slaynt as Kiarail y Theay): Rob Callister MHK[6]
    • Chief Executive: Stuart Quayle (interim)[7]
  • Department of Home Affairs (Rheynn Cooishyn Sthie)
    • Minister for Justice and Home Affairs (Shirveishagh son Jeerys as Cooishyn Sthie): Jane Poole-Wilson MHK[3]
    • Chief Executive: Dan Davies[8]
  • Department of Infrastructure (Rheynn Bun-troggalys)
    • Minister for Infrastructure (Shirveishagh son Bun-troggalys): Chris Thomas MHK[9]
    • Chief Executive: Emily Curphey (interim)
  • The Treasury (Yn Tashtee)

Statutory boards

  • Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority (Lught-reill son Gurneil Chellinsh as Bun-shirveishyn)
    • Non-voting Member of Tynwald: Ann Corlett MHK[11]
    • Chief Executive: Ivan Kiely
  • Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (Lught-Reill Shirveishyn Argidoil Ellan Vannin)
    • Chair: Lillian Boyle
    • Chief Executive: Bettina Roth[12]
  • Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
    • Chair: Jon Allen
    • Deputy Chair: David Butterworth
    • Chief Executive: Steve Brennan
  • Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading (Oik Dellal Cair Ellan Vannin)
    • Chair: John Wannenburgh MHK[11]
    • Vice Chair: Vacant
    • Director: Ian Mansell
  • Isle of Man Post Office (Oik Postagh Ellan Vannin)
    • Chair: Stu Peters MHK[13]
    • Vice Chair: Diane Kelsey MLC
    • Chief Executive: Simon Kneen
  • Manx Care (Kiarail Vannin)
    • Chair: Andrew Foster CBE[14]
    • Chief Executive: Teresa Cope[15]
  • Manx Utilities Authority (Bun Shirveishyn Vannin)
    • Chair: Tim Johnston MHK[6]
    • Vice Chair: Peter Greenhill MLC[11]
    • Chief Executive: Philip King
  • Public Sector Pensions Authority
    • Chair: Jerry Carter
    • Vice Chair: Kate Lord-Breenan MHK (ex-officio as Chair of the Public Services Commission)[11]
    • Employer representative: Rob Mercer MLC[11]
    • Chief Executive: Ian Murray


  • Attorney General's Chambers
    • HM Attorney General: Walter Wannenburgh[16]
  • General Registry (Isle of Man Courts and Tribunals)
    • Chief Registrar: Colin Cowley (acting)
  • Isle of Man Information Commissioner (Barrantagh Fysseree)
    • Information Commissioner: Iain McDonald

Other agencies

  • Culture Vannin (Manx Heritage Foundation)
    • Chair: Chris Thomas MHK[11]
    • Vice Chair: Marlene Maska MLC[11]
    • Director: Dr Breesha Maddrell
  • Financial Intelligence Unit (Unnid Tushtag Argidoil)
    • Chair: HM Attorney General
  • Isle of Man Arts Council
    • Chair: Marlene Maska MLC
  • Isle of Man Sport (Isle of Man Sports Council)
    • Executive Chair: Sarah Corlett[17]
  • Manx Industrial Relations Service
  • Manx Lottery Trust
    • Chair: Sarah Kelly
  • Manx National Heritage (Manx Museum and National Trust)
    • Chair: Jonathan Hall
    • Executive Director: Connie Lovel[18]
  • Public Services Commission
    • Chair: Kate Lord-Breenan MHK[11]
    • Vice Chair: Jane Poole-Wilson MLC
    • Secretary: Julie Bradley (interim)
  • Road Transport Licensing Committee (Bing Kied Carbid)
    • Chair: Brendan O'Friel
    • Vice Chair: David Sellick
    • Secretary: Noel Capewell
  • Safeguarding Board
    • Independent Chair: Lesley Walker[19]
  • Swimming Pool Authorities
  • Local Government

Brief history

Lieutenant Governor

Before modern times the government of the Isle of Man was in the hands of the Governor (or Lieutenant Governor), who was the representative of the Lord of Man, assisted by his Council, consisting of the other permanent officials (the Bishop, Archdeacon, Deemsters, Attorney General, etc.).[20] The Council evolved into the Legislative Council, the upper chamber of Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man.

After the Revestment in 1765 the Lieutenant Governor and his officials were the agents of the British Government, and not democratically responsible to the Manx people. Conflict between the House of Keys (popularly elected after 1866) and the Lieutenant Governor came to a head during the tenure of George Somerset (1902–18).

Council of Ministers

After World War I the Lieutenant Governor gradually ceded control to Tynwald, a process guided by the reports of commissions and other bodies in 1911,[21] 1959[22] and 1969.[23] An Executive Council, chaired by him and including members of Tynwald, was established in 1949, and gradually thereafter became the effective government of the Island. Finance and the police came under local control between 1958 and 1976.[24] The Lieutenant Governor ceased to chair the Executive Council in 1980, being replaced by a chairman elected by Tynwald,[25] and the Council was reconstituted in 1985 to include the chairmen of the eight principal Boards;[26] in 1986 they were given the title 'Minister' and the chairman was styled 'Chief Minister'.[27] In 1990 the Council was renamed the 'Council of Ministers'.[28]


During the 19th century several bodies, which came to be known as 'Boards of Tynwald', were created to exercise functions under democratic control. These included the Board of Education (1872), Highway Board (1874), Asylums Board (1888), Government Property Trustees (1891) and Local Government Board (1894). However, although direct taxation was levied by Tynwald, the Boards' freedom of action before the 1960s was limited by the Lieutenant Governor's control of the Island's budget and his power to appoint certain of their members.

The structure of the Boards of Tynwald, along with other bodies variously called 'Statutory Boards' and 'Commercial Boards', became increasingly unwieldy after the 1950s, and was eventually reformed in the 1980s, when a system of 'ministerial government' was set up.[29]

The Departments and Statutory Boards which existed before the reorganisation in 2010, and their predecessors, are shown below:

  • Treasury, 1985–present
    • Finance Board, 1961–1985
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 1986–2010
    • Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1946–86
      • Board of Agriculture, 1914–1946
      • Fisheries Board, 1927–1946
        • Fishery Conservators, 1882–1927
    • Forestry, Mines and Lands Board, 1950–86
      • Common Lands Board, 1915–50
        • Trustees of the Common Lands, 1866–1915
  • Department of Education, 1987–2010
    • Isle of Man Board of Education, 1946–2009[lower-alpha 1]
      • Board of Education, 1872–99
      • Council of Education, 1899–1946
      • Isle of Man Education Authority, 1923–68
        • Isle of Man Central Education Authority, 1920–23
  1. The Board continued in existence as a popularly elected body, but with reduced functions, after the Department of Education was created in 1987; it was not finally dissolved until June 2009.
  • Department of Health and Social Security, 1986–2010
    • Health Services Board, 1948–86
      • Mental Hospital Board, 1932–48
        • Asylums Board, 1888–1932
    • Board of Social Security, 1970–86
      • Board of Social Services, 1946–70
        • Health Insurance and Pensions Board, 1939–46
          • Old Age Pensions and National Health Insurance Board, 1920–39
  • Department of Transport, 2004–2010
    • Department of Highways, Ports and Properties 1986–2004
      • Isle of Man Highway and Transport Board, 1946–86
        • Highway Board, 1874–1946
          • Committee of Highways, 1776–1874
      • Isle of Man Harbour Board, 1948–86
        • Isle of Man Harbour Commissioners, 1872–1948
          • Commissioners for Harbours, 1771–1872
      • Isle of Man Airports Board, 1948–86
      • Government Property Trustees, 1891–1986
  • Department of Home Affairs, since 1986
    • Home Affairs Board, 1981–86
      • Isle of Man Police Board, 1962–81
      • Isle of Man Broadcasting Commission, 1965–81
      • Civil Defence Commission, 1955–81
  • Department of Trade and Industry, 1996–2010
    • Department of Industry, 1986–1996
      • Industry Board, 1981–86
  • Department of Local Government and the Environment, 1986–2010
    • Local Government Board, 1894–1986
  • Department of Tourism and Leisure, 1994–2010
    • Department of Tourism and Transport, 1986–2004
      • Tourist Board, 1952–86
        • Publicity Board, 1931–52
          • Board of Advertising, 1904–31
            • Advertising Committee, 1897–1904
      • Isle of Man Passenger Transport Board, 1982–86
        • Manx Electric Railway Board, 1957–82
  • Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading, since 1998
    • Board of Consumer Affairs (1981–1998)
      • Consumer Council (1972–1981)
  • Financial Supervision Commission, since 1982
  • Insurance and Pensions Authority, since 1996
    • Insurance Authority, 1986–96
  • Isle of Man Post Office (1993)
    • Isle of Man Post Office Authority (1972–93)
  • Isle of Man Water and Sewerage Authority, since 2010
    • Isle of Man Water Authority (1985–2010)
      • Isle of Man Water and Gas Authority (1974–1985)
        • Isle of Man Water Authority (1972–1974)
        • Isle of Man Gas Authority (1972–1974)
        • Isle of Man Water Board (1946–1972)
  • Manx Electricity Authority, since 1983
    • Isle of Man Electricity Board (1932–1984)
  • Communications Commission (1989)
    • Telecommunications Commission (1985–1989)
  • Gambling Supervision Commission, up to present


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  2. "Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority Order 2020" (PDF). Tynwald. Tynwald.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "New Council of Ministers unveiled". Isle of Man Government. 15 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Chief Secretary announces retirement". Isle of Man Government.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Graham Kinrade appointed permanent DESC leader". Isle of Man Government. 16 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Rob Callister MHK appointed to the Council of Ministers". Isle of Man Government.
  7. "Chief Executive of Department of Health and Social Care stands down". Isle of Man Government.
  8. "Home Affairs appoints permanent Chief Officer". Isle of Man Government.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Chief Minister announces changes to Council of Ministers". Isle of Man Government.
  10. "Dr Alex Allinson appointed Treasury Minister". Isle of Man Government.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Appointments to Government departments, boards and public bodies". Isle of Man Government. 27 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "FSA appoints next Chief Executive Officer". Isle of Man Financial Services Authority. 24 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Post Office Welcomes New Chairman". Isle of Man Post Office.
  14. "Manx Care Board Chair Appointed". Isle of Man Government. 9 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Key appointment to board of Manx Care". Isle of Man Government. 16 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Appointment of Her Majesty's Attorney General". Isle of Man Government.
  17. "Isle of Man Sport Newsletter - May 2021" (PDF). Isle of Man Sport Newsletter. May 2021.
  18. "Connie Lovel apppointed as Executive Director, Manx National Heritage". Manx National Heritage. 14 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "New Independent Chair of Isle of Man Safeguarding Board". Isle of Man Government. 23 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. Report of the Commissioners of Inquiry for the Isle of Man, 1792
  21. Report of the Departmental Committee on the Constitution etc. of the Isle of Man, 1911, Cd.5950 (the 'MacDonnell Report')
  22. Report of the Commission on the Isle of Man Constitution, 1959 (the MacDermott Report')
  23. Report of the Joint Working Party on the Constitutional Relationship between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom, 1969 (the 'Stonham Report')
  24. Finance Act 1958, Finance Act 1962, Police (Isle of Man) Act 1962, Governor's Financial and Judicial Functions (Transfer) Act 1976: Statutes of the Isle of Man
  25. Constitution (Executive Council) (Amendment) Act 1980
  26. Constitution (Executive Council) Act 1984
  27. Constitution (Executive Council) (Amendment) Act 1986
  28. Council of Ministers Act 1990
  29. Gumbley, K F W (1988), "Government Departments and Statutory Boards", Manx Law Bulletin, 10: 61–73

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