Born in 1940 he was educated at Castle Rushen High School and the Shropshire Agricultural College. He went on to become a company director in the farming and retail dairy trade. He was elected as an Arbory commissioner in 1970, remaining as one until 1976, and became the Chairman. In 1976 he stood as MHK for Rushen and was successful. He remained an MHK until retiring at the 2001 General Election. In 1986 he was elected the first ever Chief Minister and continued in the post for a decade until the 1996 election. He was granted a CBE in 1991, an honorary doctorate in 1994 by Liverpool University, and a knighthood in 1997.
Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, 1979–1981
In 1989, Don Gelling took over at the Treasury. David Cannan was sacked and David North took over from Gelling at DAFF. Jim Cain took over from Tony Brown at Health and Brown replaced Dominic Delaney at DLGE.
Following the 1991 General Election, Arnold Callin replaced Eddie Lowey at Home Affairs, Bernie May replaced Jim Cain, Hazel Hannan replaced Ron Cretney, David North replaced......