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New Clerk of Tynwald to be appointed


​The Tynwald Management Committee has recommended the appointment of Dr Jonathan King as Clerk of Tynwald with effect from 24th September 2021. This will follow the retirement of Roger Phillips, who has served in the role since 2008.

Jonathan King, 49, moved to the Island with his family in 2007 to take up the post of Deputy Clerk of Tynwald. He was previously a UK civil servant, serving in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and Ministry of Justice. Before that he was a historical musicologist; he has degrees in music from Oxford and Cambridge, and a law degree from the Open University.

Jonathan has served as Clerk of the Legislative Council, 2007 to date; Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee, 2007 to 2016; Clerk of the Emoluments Committee, 2008 to date; Clerk of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee, 2011 to date; and Clerk of the Economic Policy Review Committee 2016 to date. He has managed committee inquiries on a wide range of social, economic, environmental, legal and financial issues.

Jonathan has delivered training in parliamentary law and practice to Isle of Man civil servants and trainee Manx advocates, and in parliamentary history through University College Isle of Man. He is an active participant in inter-parliamentary networks including the UK and Irish parliamentary and assembly procedural officials’ network. With the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association he has delivered knowledge sharing and capacity building programmes in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

The Hon Juan Watterson SHK, Chairman of the Tynwald Management Committee, said:

“I congratulate Dr King on his nomination for the role of Clerk of Tynwald, following a robust interview process against high quality off-Island applicants. This is an exciting time to take on the top role with an increasing focus on parliamentary scrutiny, the dynamics of a new administration, and building on Tynwald’s reputation for innovation with tradition.”

Jonathan King said:

“It is a great honour to serve in Tynwald and a still greater honour to have been nominated for the post of Clerk of Tynwald. I am very much looking forward to serving Tynwald and the public in this new role.”

The appointment of Jonathan King as Clerk of Tynwald, Secretary to the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker is subject to approval by the House of Keys and Tynwald Court.

The vacancy created by Dr King’s change of role will be advertised.

Published - 14/05/2021