Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK
Hon Allan Bell, Member of the House of Keys (MHK) was elected Chief Minister by Tynwald on 11 October 2011.
Before his election to the role of Chief Minister he was Minister for Economic Development, one of the newly created Departments of Isle of Man Government.
Minister Bell also held the post of Treasury Minister from December 2001, until April 2010, and prior to that he served in Ministerial positions with responsibility for Tourism and Leisure, Trade and Industry, and Home Affairs.
An experienced and long-serving politician, Mr Bell was first elected to the House of Keys in 1984, and joined Government in 1986. During his tenure as Treasury Minister, he instigated and oversaw initiatives to promote the strong growth and further diversification of the Island’s economy.
In addition to the continued development of the Island’s banking, financial services, and insurance industries, Mr Bell was instrumental in the successful introduction of film and e-gaming industries to the Island. He has also been at the forefront in developing the Island’s space industry.
During his time at the Treasury, Minister Bell and his team worked to raise the profile and reputation of the Isle of Man as a well regulated, co-operative and transparent international financial centre. He is a strong advocate of the need for positive engagement with the international community, and has played a key role in the Island’s relations with the EU, IMF/World Bank and OECD, as well as numerous partners in various countries around the world with which the Isle of Man has entered into Tax Information Exchange Agreements.
Mr Bell was born in the Isle of Man on July 20th 1947, and was educated at Ramsey Grammar School. Prior to being elected, his career spanned banking, accountancy and retailing.