Profile

Since being re-elected as MHK in 2016, I was first appointed Minister for Infrastructure and was approached in June 2020 to become Policy & Reform Minister. When I was first elected as MHK in a by-election in September 2015, I served in the Departments of Health and Infrastructure (DOI) and was Chair of the Post Office. I am currently Chair of the Public Services Commission, having previously been Vice Chair.

Being involved in local life is at the heart of what I do. I have been Chairman of the Peel Heritage Trust twice and am now its treasurer, Vice President of the Cronk-y-Voddy Society and part of the billiards team, Vice President of the Peel Gardeners’ Association, Treasurer of the Friends of the Centenary Centre, and a member of the Western Athletics and Peel Golf Club. More widely, I support the Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx National Heritage. I enjoy running and walking, annually doing the Parish Walk to Peel, most recently raising funds for Graih. I’m married to Adele and have a son, Nathan who, since completing his studies at QEII, is reading Natural Sciences at Durham University.

Having attained an Engineering degree at Cambridge University and later an MBA with the Open University, I have previously worked in business on the Isle of Man for over 20 years. This has included responsibility for setting up offices worldwide and implementing systems and processes to enable companies to expand and become more efficient.

I was elected a Peel Commissioner in 2009 and have served as Chairman four times. During that time we regenerated areas of the town such as Marine Parade and Commissioner’s Housing, built Clothworkers’ play area, promoted events such as the Soapbox Derby and the Western Open Studio Art Trail, provided more recycling sites, free library membership, free WIFI and free tennis courts.

My Approach

My approach is to be open, honest and always ready to listen through surgeries, newsletters, the website and social media.

My belief is that the way forward is working together to succeed in these tough times. It is also applying the valuable experience and understanding I have gained in order to make the right decisions at the right time for the benefit of our constituents and our community.

My aim is to be open and always ready to listen and to that end I have hold regular surgeries, as well as publishing my first newsletter and regular updates through my website, twitter and Facebook page.

SEIZING OUR BEST FUTURE TOGETHER

Ray Harmer, MHK for Peel and Glenfaba