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 is His Excellency, the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, Sir Richard Gozney KCMG, CVO.
Peregrine Offshore Services Limited and Manx Solidarity Limited are co-trustee of the Manx Solidarity Fund.
Directors of the corporate trustees are:
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.
Graham decided whilst in jail in 2005 to turn his life around, putting all his energy into moving forward. Since 2006 Graham has been involved in the design and delivery of various social initiatives both on and off the Isle of Man. He is director of Manx charity Quing, dedicated to providing opportunities for people with life challenges that significantly impact on their self-worth and well-being. He has a Masters degree from the University of East Anglia and is currently busy with his PhD.
Graham is a keen gardener, walker and white water kayaker, and is a Rushen Parish Commissioner. Graham balances his hectic life with mindfulness and meditation and is part of the clerking team of the local Quaker Meeting.
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.
Carol Glover coaches and mentors Leaders, Founders, Boards and Teams. She holds a Business Degree, a ILM7 Executive Coaching/Mentoring qualification and is an accredited Senior Coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. She’s worked to Board level in British retailing including roles at IOM Enterprises, parent of Shoprite.
As a Director of IOM Chamber of Commerce, she leads on an “entrepreneur development initiative” that has widened focus, membership and representation. She is a passionate supporter of local businesses.
She is a former Chair of Manx Gateway Drama Group and a committee member of Breast Cancer Now (IOM).
In her spare time, she mentors young founders and start-ups via her “Maverick Maker” business.
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.
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.
Melanie has a Management Science and Marketing degree and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. She spent 6 years in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she gained significant Board level experience with a diverse range of listed companies. She became the youngest person to be promoted to partner level in her firm.
Having grown up on a Manx dairy farm, Melanie is passionate about the Isle of Man. She has worked with local Commissioners and Government to help set up the Western Swimming Pool community facility, served on the Board of the Manx Heritage Foundation (Culture Vannin) for 10 years, volunteered with Care in Mann, qualified as a coach for netball, hockey and golf, volunteered coaching at local sports clubs and the Manx Youth Games and is on the Board of Castletown Golf Club.
She is a prolific fundraiser having raised several thousands of pounds for IOM Hospice and the Hyperbaric Chamber. In her spare time (when not kept busy with 3 sporty teenagers) she enjoys walking, cycling, kayaking, golf and helping out on the family farm.
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.
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 Trustees are supported by a wide range of volunteers assisting with administration, financial facilitation, community outreach, marketing and PR, IT co-ordination and more.
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.
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).
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.
Michelle is a chartered marketer 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 greener behaviour.
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.