Meet the Board

  1. Ranald Caldwell

    Non-Executive Chairman of Visit Agency

    Ranald has spent 37 years in the Finance sector, 17 of which working internationally selling the Isle of Man as a great place to invest. Ranald worked for a UK adventure company as a qualified Leader and he now assists in cruise ship walks on the Island. 

    ranald.caldwell@gov.im

  2. Angela Byrne

    Head of Visit Isle of Man

    Angela supports the Visit Agency Board, CEO, Minister and Political Members in the strategic development and management of the Visit Isle of Man agency within the Department for Enterprise. 

    +44 (0) 1624 687083 angela.byrne@gov.im

  3. Rob Callister MHK

    Political Representative for Visit Isle of Man

    Rob worked within the Island's finance industry for over 17 years. He was elected to the House of Keys in September 2016 and was appointed as the Political Member for Visit Isle of Man and Motorsport within the Department for Enterprise.

    rob.callister@gov.im

  4. Mark Lewin

    Chief Executive of the Department for Enterprise

    Mark joined the Department in 2012 following an extensive 25 year career on and off the Island across financial services, technology, hospitality and construction. Mark instated a full strategic review of the Departments exisiting structure, introducing Executive Agencies leveraging private sector expertise to create a partnership approach.

    moira.peabody@gov.im

  5. John Watt

    Commercial Director at Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

    Transport Representative

    John has had over 20 years experience with the Steam Packet Company. He also is a member of the Trustees of Manx National Heritage and a member of the Visitor Economy Committee, the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce. 

    john.watt@steam-packet.com

  6. Shirley Ver Elst

    Director of Edelweiss and Management Consultant for Hotel Halvard

    Serviced Accommodation Sector Representative

    Shirley is Manx born and trained in Hospitality Management at the Isle of Man University College. With over 20 years of industry experience, working at all levels, Shirley is now a management consultant for the 4 star Hotel Halvard promoting the high end corporate and visitor experience. She is committed to raising the level of training available and encouraging the Manx Hospitality Industry as a career choice. 

    shirleyverelst@gmail.com

  7. Hilary Peterson

    Owner of Surfside & The Lodge Self-Catering Accommodation 

    Non-Serviced Accommodation Sector Representative

    Hilary is FCCA qualified and has worked within the finance sector of the Island for many years, now running her own accountancy service. Hilary has owned Surfside for many years, and more recently The Lodge. Hilary volunteers her accountancy skills at Erin Arts Centre.

    hilarypeterson@manx.net

  8. Brett Martin

    Chief Executive at Sefton Group PLC

    Chamber of Commerce Visitor Economy Commitee Representative

    Brett is the chair of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce Visitor Economy Committee which represents a broad range of the visitor industry. This Committee is dedicated to working with Government to promote growth in all aspects of the visitor economy.

    brett.martin@seftongroup.co.im

  9. Sally Helwich

    Travel & Tour Representative

    Managing Director of Isle of Man Event Services

    Sally has dedicated her entire working life to the Isle of Man tourism sector since 1992. With over 25 years of industry experience, Sally’s in-depth knowledge means she is ideally suited to share and support the industry. 

    sally@iomevents.com

  10. Ged Power

    Owner of Private Hire Service and IOM Golf Holidays

    Attraction & Activity Sector Representative

    Ged has been a golf tour operator and private hire licence holder since 2011, handling thousands of visitors to the Island from golfers, cruise ship visitors and general tourists. Working with hotels, travel agents and numerous providers, Ged also co-ordinates specialist tours including cycling and farm tours.

    ged.power@powerwheels.im 

  11. MaryBeth Coll

    Co-Owner of Foraging Vintners

    Catering & Entertainment Sector Representative

    MaryBeth has worked as a lawyer in the US and Australia, representing hotels, ski resorts, property developers and tourism operators. She is now co-owner of a seaside winery in Port Erin that provides tours and tasting experiences. 

    info@foragingvintners.com

  12. Richard Fletcher

    Senior Account Manager at PDMS

    Events & Conferences Sector Representative

    Richard has a career background in technology and telecommunications, but outside of this he has been involved in the promotion of Cycling and Triathlon events on the Island for over 30 years. 

    +44 (0) 7624 329999 fletcher@manx.net

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Continued support announced for the Tourism and Travel Sector

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