Chief Minister Made a CBE in Birthday Honours List

Chief Minister Howard Quayle has been made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the people of the Isle of Man.

A CBE is the highest ranking Order of the British Empire award (excluding a knighthood/damehood) it is awarded to people who have prominent roles at national level, or a leading role at regional level.

A statement from Government House said: ‘An MHK for 10 years and as Chief Minister since 2016, Howard Quayle has lead the island through an exceptionally challenging period. He served the Island by keeping close to, and retaining the confidence of, the UK Government during the BREXIT negotiations. During the response to the COVID-19 pandemic he built consensus within the Council of Ministers, implemented emergency regulations in the early stages, guided the lockdowns when necessary and oversaw the vaccination programme. As Chief Minister he has devoted himself to the tasks in hand and lead from the front throughout his time in office.’


Marilyn Cannell is also recognised in the Honours List as she is awarded the British Empire Medal for her long service to the community of Kirk Michael and the Isle of Man. Mrs Cannell has spent a lifetime supporting music on the island. 

The traditional Oie’ll Verree concert, hosted on the date of old Manx Christmas Eve, at EbeneeImage zer Hall in Kirk Michael – Marilyn Cannell. Image credit Isle of Man Newspapers.

In various guises, she has been much involved with the Guild for over 50 years. As well as competing as a pianist, she was an official accompanist for several years. Even in ‘retirement’ she continues to compete, winning composition, verse and public speaking classes at the 2019 Guild. Throughout the year, she supports music and drama projects such as the Cloidryn drama group in Ramsey and the Isle of Man Choral Society, and is a willing volunteer at events across the Island. Her talents extend to church organist and preacher, Manx Radio contributor, school governor, and supporter of the Kirk Michael Community Housing Association and Cannan Court home.


Chris Sharpe, who has dedicated his time and expertise to gather, and highlight to the world of ornithology, knowledge of the island’s distinctive birdlife has also been awarded an MBE for his services to ornithology on the Isle of Man. Over 25 years ago he founded the Manx Bird Atlas charity and 11 years later published, to critical acclaim, the first bird atlas in the world at its level of scientific vigour and detail. After converting the charity to Manx Birdlife, he gave special focus to the Ayres, encouraging the owners of worked out gravel pits to convert them into a bird reserve. The reserve and surrounding area attract migrating and breeding birds including ducks, grebes, gulls and waders, including Arctic Terns breeding at the Point of Ayre.

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