With a background in management consultancy, Chris Corlett was the Chief Executive for the former Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for seven years up until April 2010, when the DTI’s responsibilities were taken on through the creation of the Department of Economic Development formed following the restructure of Government Departments.
Minister for Economic Development, John Shimmin MHK, commented:
"I’ve enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Colin in the twelve months that I’ve been Minister and believe that he leaves the Department in a strong position with many achievements. Colin was instrumental in leading the change required to bring together a cohesive approach to economic development for the Isle of Man and I wish him well on his mission to Sark."
"The significance that this Department plays in helping to stimulate economic growth at a critical time on the Island meant that we needed a strong leader to take Colin’s place and I am delighted to be able to welcome Chris, who brings with him an excellent understanding of our economic sectors as well as key management skills."
Incoming Chief Executive, Chris Corlett, said:
"I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to take on the role of Chief Executive while Colin takes on the challenges in Sark. There are a number of key priorities that lie ahead in the coming months and I plan to build on the excellent work that Colin has achieved and drive the vital task of ensuring we do our utmost to support the growth of the Isle of Man economy and helping individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. I therefore look forward to working with the team within the Department and with industry to achieve these aims."