25 March, 2024

Visit Isle of Man is pleased to welcome Claire McColgan of Liverpool City Council to their Non-Executive Board. Claire’s expansive background in destination making will prove invaluable to the Board and will assist in shaping the Visit Isle of Man Visitor Economy Strategy.

Claire is Director of Culture and Major Events at Liverpool City Council and is responsible for Culture Liverpool, Marketing Liverpool, Business Liverpool, City Halls, Cruise, Film Office and Tourist Information. She recently delivered an unparalleled Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine.

Additionally, Claire is a national and international advisor and speaker on best practice in Culture, acting for Arts Council England and Ireland, the British Council, Local Government Association and represented the UK in Thailand, Brazil and China. Claire was a Director on the Board of Derry/Londonderry for the inaugural City of Culture program and was chosen by Karen Bradley, then Secretary of State, as the UK expert for the 2022 European Capital of Culture competition. Claire delivered the Event Research Programme which opened the first night club, festival and business event following lockdown, for which she was awarded her CBE in 2023, and was Liverpool's lead on the Government Events Research Programme and was appointed Deputy Chair for UK City of Culture Competition 2025.

Ranald Caldwell, Non-Executive Chairman of Visit Isle of Man, commented:

‘We are delighted to welcome Claire to the Board. It is so important for us to maximise our potential as a thriving visitor destination, and working alongside somebody with Claire’s vast experience will assist us in doing just that. The Isle of Man has a quality offering and by building on our culture and destination marketing we can showcase it effectively, increasing our ever-growing visitor economy. What’s more, the Isle of Man’s ties to Liverpool will only expand with the increasing transport links, so working closely with the city is a priority for Visit Isle of Man.’

Pictured from left to right;

  • Deborah Heather, CEO of Visit Isle of Man

  • Sarah Maltby MHK, Political Member for Visit Isle of Man and Motorsport

  • Claire McColgan CBE, Director of Culture and Major Events at Liverpool City Council

  • Ranald Caldwell, Non-Executive Chairman of Visit Isle of Man

Find out more about the Visit Isle of Man Board here.

View the Visit Isle of Man’s 2024 Programme here.