Enterprise Minister Dr Alex Allinson has formally appointed his new Political Members for the Starship (Dept for) Enterprise.

Ann Corlett MHK and Tim Johnston MHK join DfE alongside existing members Rob Callister MHK and Peter Greenhill MLC.

Under the new structure, Mr Callister retains his responsibility for Visit Isle of Man and motorsports, Mrs Corlett takes over Digital Isle of Man and ‘cross-cutting initiatives’ which includes Locate Isle of Man, Mr Greenhill takes on Finance Isle of Man and becomes a Manx National Heritage trustee and Mr Johnston takes on Business Isle of Man and Enterprise Support.

Captain, or rather Dr Allinson will retain responsibility for Work Permits, the Isle of Man Aircraft and Ship Registries, Central Registry, the Isle of Man Post Office and Properties.

Dr Allinson said: ‘We are now at a significant point in the further development of our economy – with recovery from COVID ongoing and the creation of a new economic strategy underway to establish a framework for the Isle of Man’s long term vision. I’ve selected a team of members that have a wealth of experience in business and government to drive forward new policies, products and promotion for our Island. 

‘I am extremely pleased that Rob has agreed to continue with his role as member for Visit Isle of Man. He has been an integral part of the Visit Agency since inception and has helped to support the industry throughout a very difficult period. His experience and commitment will be essential as we work to rebuild our visitor economy.  

‘I am appreciative too that Peter has agreed to widen his remit as member for Finance Isle of Man into supporting Manx National Heritage and delighted that we have two new members joining the Department. Ann will be helping shape our response to the Island’s skills shortages – the single biggest challenge facing our businesses, and will also become a member on the Digital Isle of Man Agency who are progressing with a number of exciting new initiatives. Tim will bring his extensive experience across a number of sectors and businesses to the benefit of our diverse Business Agency as well as oversee the extensive support schemes we provide under Enterprise Support.’

He also praised DHSC Minister Lawrie Hooper and Garff MHK Daphne Caine for their work aboard DfE over the last five years.

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