Chief Minister announces ‘mini-reshuffle’ – 3FM Isle of Man

Chris Thomas (MHK) replaces Tim Crookall as Minister for Infrastructure.

It’s part of a mini ‘reshuffle’ announced by the Chief Minister earlier today.

Meanwhile, Mr Crookall will be transferred to the Department of Enterprises (DfE).

This follows the transfer of Dr Alex Allinson from the DfE to the Treasury last month to replace David Ashford MHK MBE, following his resignation.

Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK, said: ‘I am delighted that Tim Crookall and Chris Thomas have accepted these important positions and both bring considerable ministerial experience.

“I look forward to welcoming Chris Thomas back to the Council of Ministers. There is a significant task ahead of him, but I am confident that we share a common vision for a more focused DoI and I look forward to working on his sides to realize this vision.

“Tim Crookall has done a great job and will leave a strong platform at the DoI on which Chris Thomas can build. He will now face a new challenge with the DfE, but he will join a strong team to drive the model forward. of the Agency and I am grateful to him for his unwavering support for our Island Plan.

“I have stressed to all Ministers that the next 12 months are crucial if we are to leave a future legacy of positive change and I am confident that both appointments are well equipped to play a key role in this.” I wish them good luck.

Mr Thomas, who was first elected in 2013 and served as the island’s representative Minister of Politics and Reformbetween 2016 and 2020, will continue to chair the Housing and Communities Council, but step down as chairman of the Isle of Man Post Office.

He said: ‘The approach at the center of the government’s island plan is People First, with services for the community at the heart of our public service. It is in this spirit that I will approach my appointment. I will ensure that we focus first and foremost on the people who use and pay for our infrastructure.

“I see my role as one of advocating for communities, housing and infrastructure. I look forward to working alongside others to strengthen the Housing and Communities Council Housing Action Plan and to address the other infrastructure challenges we have.

Tim Crookall will take care of his fourth ministerial role having been in charge of the Community, Culture and Leisure, Education and Childhood and Infrastructure departments.

He said: ‘I am delighted to have been asked to fulfill this key role as Minister for Enterprise. I look forward to working with my political colleagues to deliver a more focused agency model and grow our economy.

Both will take up their new duties with immediate effect.

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