DoI Chief Executive Nick Black has left his position with immediate effect. He had been DoI CEO for the last eight years.

Mr Black had previously served in senior roles with the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure; the Department of Tourism and Leisure; the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading; and the Department of Local Government and the Environment. 

He explained: ‘After more than eight years in the Department of Infrastructure it is time for someone new to lead the Department. By choosing to leave now I can make room for the new Minister to appoint someone who will be in post for the duration of the new administration. My job has certainly had its pressures and challenges but these have always been outweighed by the sense of public service and by being able to work with my fantastic colleagues.’

Will Greenhow, Chief Secretary, said: ‘I would like to thank Nick for his dedication and hard work and specifically for his efforts and support through the COVID period, and I wish him well for the future.’

Mr Black’s time in the DoI has a mixed bag with the dept’s repeated failures with major infrastructure projects and the large-scale changes to the rural bus timetable, amongst other issues, seeing him and the team around him being criticised. The DoI also recently received severe criticism over its role in the death of a cyclist due to what Coroner Jayne Hughes called an ‘inadequately-marked crossing’ which came after the dept had issues with its contractor.

The DoI was also criticised in a report earlier this year which said it was too big and poorly structured.

Emily Curphey will take up the role of Interim Chief Exec from Monday.

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