Karen Malone has resigned from her role as CEO of DHSC with immediate effect, having only been appointed earlier this year.

Mrs Malone’s role has been under scrutiny since the publication of the Dr Ranson tribunal decision. During the tribunal it was heard that she had kept tabs on Dr Ranson for her ex boss, the former DHSC CEO Kathryn Magson. There is also the matter of metadata which suggested that the department concocted evidence during her time in charge.

Mrs Malome had previously served in roles with a number of public bodies including the former Manx Electricity Authority and Manx National Heritage, before becoming the Programme Director for Treasury in 2017 and then joining the Department of Health and Social Care,

Mrs Malone explained: ‘While I have enjoyed working in the public sector for more than 20 years, an opportunity has presented itself which will enable me to pursue personal interests. I sincerely thank all those who have provided me with support, encouragement and development opportunities during my career with the public service.’

Caldric Randall, Interim Chief Secretary, said: ‘I would like to thank Karen for her dedication and hard work not only within the Department but during her public service career. I wish her well in her future endeavours.’

Stuart Quayle, the current Chief Registrar, will assume the role of Interim CEO.