Infrastructure Minister Tim Crookall will move to the DfE as Chris Thomas returns to CoMin.

Mr Thomas will take over at DoI.

The reshuffle comes after former Dr Alex Allinson moved from DfE to Treasury last month to replace David Ashford, following his resignation.

Chief Minister Alf Cannan said: ‘I am delighted that Tim Crookall and Chris Thomas have accepted these important positions and both bring with them considerable ministerial experience. 

‘I am looking forward to welcoming Chris Thomas back to the Council of Ministers. There is a significant task in front of him, but I am confident that we share a common vision for a more focused DoI and I look forward to working alongside him to deliver on that vision.

‘Tim Crookall has done a sterling job and will leave a strong platform at the DoI for Chris Thomas to build on. He will now face a new challenge with the DfE, but he will join a strong team to move the Agency model forward and I am grateful for his steadfast support of our Island Plan. 

‘I have emphasised to all Ministers that the next 12 months are critical if we are to leave a future legacy of positive change and I am confident that both appointments are well equipped to be play a key role in this respect. I wish them well.’

Mr Thomas will continue to chair the Housing and Communities Board, but stand down as Chair of the Isle of Man Post Office.