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New CEO for the Department of Economic Development

Monday, 9 December 2013

The Civil Service Commission has appointed Chris Corlett as Chief Executive for the Department of Economic Development.  He has been the Department’s Acting Chief Executive since October 2012.  

Chris CorlettChris Corlett has been a Chief Executive in Government since March 2003, first for the Department of Trade and Industry and then for the Department of Social Care from April 2010. 

The Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK said: 

'I am very pleased to be able to announce this appointment.  It is vital that Government works hard to grow our economy, particularly as we seek to balance Government’s budget while protecting the vulnerable in our community. 

‘Economic growth can help us to minimise tax increases and reductions in services.  It is therefore vital that my Department has the skilled team necessary to maximise our Island’s growth. 

‘We had an excellent field of candidates from both on and off the Island and the public and private sectors.  The panel agreed that Chris is the right person for this job.  I look forward to working closely with him.’ 

Chris Corlett said: 

‘May I thank the Minister, the Chair of the Civil Service Commission Mr Cannan and the Chief Secretary Will Greenhow for this opportunity.  I love the team in the Department and the work that we do. 

‘I believe the Isle of Man is one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial places in the world.  As a result I am very confident the Isle of Man has an exciting and prosperous future ahead of us.

‘I am very excited about working with the Minister and his political team, the Department’s staff, the private sector and colleagues in Government to deliver real growth that benefits all in our community. 

‘May I also thank the team in the Department of Social Care.  My time in that Department has left me with a deep respect for the many dedicated individuals who provide care to those in need in our community.  I wish them every success for the future.’

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