OUR TEAM

The Manx Solidarity Fund was founded and is run by a diverse team of volunteers representing a broad range of the community. You can find out more about our Patron, our Trustees and our Committee members below.

OUR PATRON

Our Patron is Sir Richard Gozney KCMG, CVO.

OUR TRUSTEES

Peregrine Offshore Services Limited and Manx Solidarity Limited are co-trustee of the Manx Solidarity Fund.

Directors of the corporate trustees are:

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BASIL BIELICH

Basil is a Director at Peregrine, an independent corporate and trust services provider located on the Isle of Man, which is regulated by the Financial Service Authority.

 

Basil enjoys being active in the Isle of Man community; he is President of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association and has also served as treasurer for several charities, associations and sports clubs. Basil has a commerce degree and is a Chartered Accountant.

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ALLEN CORLETT

Allen is Captain of the Parish of German. Allen has given valuable service to the community in German through his work with many different organisations, most notably with the RNLI in Peel where he serves as Lifeboat Operations Manager.

 

He completed degrees in business administration before joining the family building materials firm Corletts, established in 1947, where is now Managing Director.

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DONNA CRELLIN

Donna Crellin has her own consulting firm specialising in treasury, strategic management and start-ups. Prior to this Donna held a C-suite role with an FCA licensed app-based payment wallet and previously Director of Treasury for a global listed e-gaming company.

Donna is an experienced professional combining over 20 years’ international treasury experience with exposure at all levels of management particularly Board, Director and Senior Management positions; specialising in Fintech and e-gaming.  She is also a passionate supporter of women in leadership, having launched and run a global gender diversity initiative. She was shortlisted for Woman of the Year 2016 in Treasury Today and is an Individually Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (Ch. MCSI) and member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD).

MARTIN HALL

Martin is a Director at Peregrine and NED of Equilibrium Pensions. Martin has worked in the Island’s finance industry for the entirety of his career, originally starting out with the Isle of Man Government then moving into the private sector some years later. He has also held the post of Chairman of the Isle of Man Cycling Association and presently acts as Chairman of his lifelong cycling club, the Manx Viking Wheelers. Martin is co-host of The M Word podcast where he chats to those involved in all levels of the sport to understand the mindset, motivation and inspiration. 

JENNIFER HOUGHTON

An experienced multilingual qualified accountant who has worked as a managing director, finance director, company secretary, MLRO and DO, with a successful career in California, Luxembourg, Sweden and the Isle of Man, both in practice and in industry.

 

She was awarded "Isle of Man Business Person of the Year" in 2015, making Jennifer the first woman to win this award. She was also awarded "International Director of the Year" by the Institute of Directors, Isle of Man Branch, in 2016. Appointed Chairman of the Institute of Directors, Isle of Man Branch, in 2017.

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FRANCESCA SIGNORIO-HOOPER

Francesca joined the Manx Solidarity Fund as a committee member when it was first established in March 2020 and was appointed to the board later that year in December 2020.  Francesca set up Helpout.im, a local charity to help those isolating and shielding from Covid-19 and continues to serve on the board of Helpout.im as a Trustee.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and experienced senior regulator, Francesca has dedicated her career to financial services within the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland. In 2019 Francesca left the Senior Executive Team of the Financial Services Authority to set up Rowany Solutions Limited.  Rowany Solutions provides regulatory compliance consultancy services to financial services and the third sector in the Isle of Man.

PETER WASHINGTON

Peter is active in the community as Chairperson of the Willaston Community Association, and in trade union activities as Deputy Secretary Manx TUC. He is also active with Unite The Union and is a member of the Labour Party. Peter is a volunteer with the Douglas RNLI lifeboats.

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CHRIS HOBBS

In 1987, Chris graduated from the University of Natal with bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Chemistry. After working for a major chemical manufacturer and distributor, he moved into corporate and merchant banking, excelling in various managerial roles before joining Microgaming as an account manager in 2005. Chris went on to run the corporate affairs department for Microgaming, ensuring compliance with applicable jurisdictional laws, establishing probity policies and representing the company’s interests on the boards of various industry bodies. In order to focus on the corporate challenges that face the eGaming sector, in 2019 Chris went on to form Castletree with Roger Raatgever.

OUR COMMITTEE

Our Trustees are supported by a wide range of volunteers assisting with administration, financial facilitation, community outreach, marketing and PR, IT co-ordination and more.

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ADAM WOOD

Adam is a marketing and PR consultant who has experience working with the world's leading technology brands.

 

Adam comes from an agency background and has been involved in multiple award-winning PR campaigns.

Adam holds a voluntary communications role with the UK's leading personal safety charity and is an alumni member of the mentorship programme for his alma mater, University of Leeds.

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MICHELLE NOVELLIE

Michelle is a marketing specialist with global management experience across a number of industries. Through the course of her career she has worked in various capacities with brands such as HBO, Warner Bros., the Competitions and Markets Authority, the United Nations (UN Women), P&G and BNP Paribas.

She has a speciality in behavioural science and 'nudge' theory, having worked and workshopped with blue-chip brands across employee and customer issues such as gender equality and subconscious bias, changing antisocial public actions and encouraging more sustainable behaviour.

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CONOR CUMMINS

Conor Cummins is one of the top motorcycle road racers in the world. Manx born and bred, he is locally known as ‘Conrod’. Conor established Coffee Mann Limited in 2015, and it  is now one of the most successful coffee/vending machine suppliers on the Island.

 

In 2018 Conor opened his own coffee shop named Conrod’s, based in Parliament Street, Ramsey.  Conrod’s has proved to be a popular venue with the locals and is the go-to place amongst the visiting biker community. He has recently acquired the lease on the Boat House, Mooragh Park and is the process of refurbishing it into a pizzeria/coffee house. 

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RICHARD SLEE

Richard Slee is Managing Director of RS Marketing and PR. He has over 20 years’ experience delivering successful marketing and PR initiatives across a diverse range of business sectors within public, private and third sectors.

 

Richard is a Chartered Marketer and has been actively involved with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for several years. In 2020 he was elected a Fellow of CIM and sits on the CIM North West Regional Board. In recognition of his contributions to the Institute, Richard was named CIM North West Member of the Year in 2007, and CIM North West Ambassador of the Year in 2017.

 

He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association.

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JANE GLOVER, MBE

A former IT and Soft Skills trainer for businesses, Jane Glover now works as a commissioner and community volunteer.  She has been a commissioner for Arbory Commissioners since 2016 and is current Chair of Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners.

Jane’s voluntary roles include co-ordinating GRIN (a gardening club for pre-schoolers) at Arbory School where she is a governor, running ROCK Sunday Club at Colby Methodist Chapel where she is Safe Guarding Officer and trainee Worship Leader and Port Erin staff member for Age Concern Isle of Man.

Her work for the Commissioners includes being their representative on the Southern Healthcare Committee and Southern Sheltered Housing Board, Community Project and Competition co-ordinator and administrator of the authority’s Facebook pages.

Jane passionately believes in building strong resilient communities at a local level.  A lover of the outdoors, she is a keen gardener, singer, walker, cyclist and sea swimmer.