New Face

Manx Telecom has announced the appointment of Hugo van Zyl to the role of Chief Technology Officer.

Hugo joins Manx Telecom from his native South Africa where he has held a number of managerial and senior leadership positions, including Chief Technology and Systems Officer with Telkom’s wholesale and networks division, Openserve and, most recently, Managing Executive for Mobile Networks in Telkom’s consumer division.

‘I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to gain an end-to-end view of telecoms networks and operations which will be very useful in my new role at Manx Telecom,’ said Hugo. I have already been impressed with the culture of the business here, its technical capabilities and its commitment to being part of the local community. I feel energized about opportunities for the Island’s future and how Manx Telecom can continue to deliver excellent communications and connectivity for the Island’s residents and businesses.’

Manx Telecom CEO Gary Lamb added: ‘Hugo has an outstanding telecommunications pedigree earned with some of the premier South African telecoms businesses.’

Hemmings’ Horses

Last year our island lost one of its most famous residents when Sir Trevor Hemmings died at the age of 86. The three-time Grand National winner had hoped to see Cloth Cap bring him a record breaking fourth win as an owner at last year’s race but it just wasn’t to be.

However, since Sir Trevor’s death, his stable has carried on and his two entries in this year’s race Cloth Cap and Deise Aba, the latter is being seen as a outsider worth an each way bet on. The National is at 5.15pm on Saturday.

Stamps

I love a good stamp story. On Tuesday April 12, Isle of Man Post Office’s Stamps & Coins division will be issuing a set of six stamps that showcases the unique and highly idiosyncratic paintings of contemporary visual artist Eileen Schaer. Eileen is a self-taught painter whose artistic career spans for nearly 50 years and has lived on the Isle of Man since 1975.

The animals are set in an imaginary setting either alone or in human company creating a dreamlike world. She hopes her paintings are uplifting and bring joy so that they can take life out of its mediocrity which she thinks is essential during these dark times.

Eileen said: ‘It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate my animal paintings in this new issue of Isle of Man stamps and to be able to showcase them to a new audience.’

Maxine Cannon General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins added: ‘It has been a great pleasure to work with Eileen and Isle of Man Advertising on this project and I am sure our collectors worldwide will be delighted to place the artworks into their Isle of Man album.’