A. L. Ian Cottier TH
Teacher, Broadcaster and Supporter of Charitable Causes
Alexander Lawrence Ian Cottier was born in 1936 on Shore Road in Port St Mary.
Mr Cottier was one of the first cohort to attend the newly
opened Castle Rushen High School, under headmaster and pioneer of comprehensive
education Sir Godfrey Cretney. After reading English at Manchester University,
Mr Cottier became a teacher at the newly formed Regis Comprehensive School in
Wolverhampton, working under his former headmaster Sir Godfrey. Mr
Cottier went on to work at various schools in the UK, working his way up from
classroom teacher to headmaster, before returning to the Isle of Man to take up
the role of headmaster of Douglas High School in 1976.
Mr Cottier went on to play a central role in the reorganisation of secondary education in Douglas in 1985, the structure of which
remains in place today. He became headmaster of the newly formed St
Ninian’s High School in 1985, where he remained until his retirement in
Mr Cottier is a strong advocate of the Manx language and
culture. After the 1985 Douglas school reforms, he introduced Manx
language lessons for all pupils in years seven and eight, and he also promoted
and celebrated the work of Archibald Knox in school. Mr Cottier has also
lent his voice to making audio recordings of Manx stories.
Mr Cottier is perhaps best known for his long-standing
involvement in the Island’s brass band scene, particularly as Vice-President of
Rushen Silver Band and presenter of Manx Radio’s ‘Time for Brass’. Mr
Cottier has presented more than 2000 editions of the programme, which first
aired in September 1980. This makes him the longest running brass band
radio presenter in the world.
Mr Cottier has also found time in retirement for various
other pursuits. He has been a volunteer steward for Friends of the Gaiety for
over 30 years. He has been volunteering for the Manx Blind Welfare
Society and Care in Mann for a similar amount of time. He will be known to many
from his time on the Isle of Man Committee of the Sail Training Association and
the Isle of Man Committee of the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
He also served as a lay member on the Planning Committee,
with his last term ending in 2020.
A proud Manxman who has contributed in many and varied ways to the Isle of Man