Another Resignation as Changes Sweep Across Gov

The Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources is leaving her role with immediate effect.

Clare Conie’s departure will precede a review of OHR that seeks to ensure that the highest standards of professional practice are followed.

Mrs Conie is latest senior civil servant to leave their job ‘with immediate effect’ since the publication of the Dr Rosalind Ranson tribunal and the Chief Minister’s pledge to make sweeping changes to the culture of the gov.

Since the publication of the report, ex Chief Secretary Will Greenhow and ex DHSC CEO Karen Malone have left, with ex Treasury Minister David Ashford also resigning from CoMin. This latest departure will also put inevitable pressure on the Director of Public Health. Dr Ewart’s future has also been under question since she was criticised in the tribunal’s report.

Mrs Conie said: ‘As the largest employer on the Isle of Man, it’s essential that the Isle of Man Government can be held up as an exemplar of good practice, and that our values are demonstrated at all levels of our workforce.  My aim in stepping aside is to ensure that the OHR review can be undertaken comprehensively, objectively and with full transparency to ensure the integrity of OHR people and practices.’

Mrs Conie has worked for the gov since 2003, holding a range of HR leadership positions until her promotion to Executive Director of OHR in 2021.

Interim Chief Secretary Caldric Randall said: ‘As part of the forthcoming OHR review, the scope, role and future requirements of the Executive Director’s role will be considered, and the post will be advertised in due course. We remain committed to ensuring that the highest standards of service are delivered to our employees.’