Retired teacher and former chairman of Marown Commissioners Paul Craine has been nominated for a spot on the Legislative Council.
Mr Craine has been nominated by Chris Thomas with his nominated supported Treasury Minister David Ashford and MHKs Ann Corlett, Tim Glover, Stu Peters and Andrew Smith.
In nominating Mr Craine, Mr Thomas said: ‘Paul is well known for his work in secondary education on the Island. He taught here for 15 years and there are former students of his in all walks of life in the Isle of Man. In 1999 he was appointed as the Island’s Senior Adviser for Secondary Education and worked with the five secondary schools on all aspects of school development and improvement. He played a significant role in the introduction of the Cambridge International GCSE and Scottish Qualification Authority awards in Manx schools. His work also involved the monitoring and evaluation of schools and this has equipped him with strong transferable skills relating to inspection, rigorous scrutiny, challenge and reporting.’
Mr Thomas added: ‘From my point of view Paul’s reputation is built on professionalism, personal integrity and inclusivity. He is committed to an analytical and evidence-based approach to a value of people and a real concern for those who are struggling. He is self-starting and has considerable drive, energy and enthusiasm for all that he undertakes. I believe that he would be a considerable asset as a Member of the Legislative Council and in Tynwald.’
Mr Craine, as well as being an expert on the island’s population, worked for 35 years as a teacher, assistant head teacher, co-ordinating adviser and data manager in and for the island’s schools. He published the Isle of Man Population Atlas in 2016 and has remained a key voice in detailing the island’s demographics. Mr Craine stood unsuccessfully for the Keys in 2016.
In his statement, Mr Craine said: ‘Some people consider public service and wish to ‘put something back’ into the community. I feel that I have always experienced that need to contribute – as a charity worker, in education, as Island Games Team Manager, as an elected Member and Chair of a local authority, as a youth club and Scout leader, in church, as an author, as a Climate Reality Leader and in other roles. I am always passionate and enthusiastic about what I do.
‘Fundamentally, I am a team player and I would be keen to work with others to secure improvement in legislation, in Departments and in Government; especially in relation to delivery and outcomes. Although I am prepared to speak-out, I am never out-spoken. I am an experienced public speaker in a range of contexts and I am comfortable working with local media. I work with honesty, integrity, inclusivity and care for those who are struggling.’
Mr Craine joins former MHK Bill Shimmins in being nominated for a spot on LegCo.