The Department of Infrastructure has an elected political member again, as Onchan MHK Rob Callister has joined the department, on an interim basis.
Mr Callister’s appointment comes after both Jason Moorhouse and Julie Edge quit the department after Tim Baker was appointed as Minister and Marlene Maska MLC joined.
He will join the DoI as member with responsibility for ports, coming at a time when the future of the island’s border is under perhaps greater scrutiny than ever before.
Mr Baker said: ’I am delighted that Rob has agreed to join the department on an interim basis, and will be taking responsibility for ports services.
’This is clearly a vital area which requires political representation while border restrictions remain in place, and I’m delighted to welcome Rob on board.
’In addition to his delegation, which will also include a focus on waste management, I am sure Rob will offer a great deal in terms of experience and play an important role as the Department looks to make progress on many fronts in the coming months.
’As the member in Department for Enterprise with responsibility for tourism it makes perfect sense for Rob to also take on the portfolio of Ports within the DoI.’
Mr Callister said: ’The Department of Infrastructure makes an important contribution to the quality of life we enjoy in the Isle of Man and touches the lives of thousands of residents in various ways every day. I am looking forward to getting involved and making a positive contribution for the benefit of local people.’
Before Mr Callister’s interim appointment, the department had no MHKs as members.