Corelli Bentham, a chartered quantity surveyor, has been nominated for the vacant seats on the Legislative Council.

The two seats were vacated by Kate Lord-Brennan and Jane Poole-Wilson upon their being elected to the Keys.

Mrs Bentham has been nominated by Enterprise Minister Dr Alex Allinson, seconded by Dr Michelle Haywood and is supported by Education Minister Julie Edge and MHKs Sarah Maltby and John Wannenburgh.

In his nomination of Mrs Bentham, Dr Allinson said: ‘Throughout her time on the island she has fostered valuable links between the public and private sectors and used her expertise to further professional development within the construction industry, drive up standards and enable people of all ages to develop new skills. I believe that Corelli has the integrity, thoughtfulness and intelligence to become a valuable member of Tynwald and help us as collectively meet the challenges ahead and seize opportunities for the benefit of our community.’

Before her current role as director of BuildASkill Ltd, Mrs Bentham has been CEO of Construction Isle of Man, been heads of Construction at University College Isle of Man and worked within the construction industry and represented it in the Citizens Forum for Climate Change.

In her personal statement Mrs Bentham said: ‘Having worked in construction all my life, in both professional and an educational capacity, I am comfortable and able to converse with a diverse range of audiences. I have a natural probing mind that has resulted in a career predominately focused on quality assurance, process, and procedure. Hence, a natural scrutineer. I believe my experience in the private and public sector will add value by affording me with a balanced viewpoint of legislation. I am approachable and trusted by my peers which leads to open and honest conversations whereby I can effect change. My work ethic and integrity in trying to do the right thing for the majority created an engaged and transparent work environment at UCM that supported staff, and consequently, our students thrived. Helping people is close to my heart, and I would very much like to be involved in this area if possible.

‘The current economical climate with the fall out of Covid-19 will requre collaborative thinking and a diverse approach to problem solving. I am genuinely heartened with the results of the general Election and would very much like to be part of the team that will drive our island forward.’

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