Profile

Having attained an Engineering degree at Cambridge University and later an MBA with the Open University, I have 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. It is a privilege to serve the people of Peel, bringing people together to make things better, such as creating a playground at Clothworkers School, regenerating areas of the town such as Marine Parade, improving Commissioner Housing, providing more recycling sites, promoting more events such as the Soapbox Derby to attract visitors, harrowing the beach, reducing costs, whilst at the same time offering free library membership, free WIFI and free tennis courts. I was first elected as MHK in a by-election in September 2015.

Since being re-elected as MHK in 2016, I was first appointed Minister for Infrastructure and since June 2020 Policy & Reform Minister. Previously have I have been a departmental member in the DHSC with responsibility for Children and Families and in the Department of Infrastructure (Ports) as well as Chairman of the Isle of Man Post Office. I have also been chair of the Peel Regeneration Committee, a member on the International Development Committee and I am currently Chair on the Public Services Commission, and vice-chair of the Public Services Pension Authority.

Being involved in local life is very important to me; I have Chairman of the Peel Heritage Trust twice and am now treasurer, Vice-president of the Peel Gardeners’ Association, Treasure at Friends of The Centenary Centre, and a member of Peel Golf Club and Western Athletics. More widely, I support the Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx National Heritage. I enjoy running and have completed the London and Paris marathons for charity. I play saxophone including previously with the Manx Saxophone Ensemble and have entered the Parish Walk, finishing at Peel several times and completing it twice. I am married to Adele and my son, Nathan, since completing his studies at QE2, is reading Natural Sciences at Durham.

My Approach

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

My belief is that the way forward is working together to succeed in these tough times.

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