Mr Geoffrey Friend Karran MBE
A champion of Island sporting life
Born in the
Isle of Man in 1947, Geoffrey F Karran was admitted to the Manx Bar at the age
of 22. He enjoyed a
distinguished career in the legal profession, becoming senior partner at
Dickinson Cruickshank and Co and President of the Isle of Man Law Society
(1995-1998), while supporting various charitable causes.
retiring in 2004, Karran continued his charitable work, in particular
encouraging sporting activities for all sections of society. He was a driving
force behind the development of the National Sports Centre. As well as his work
for the Isle of Man Sports Council, Karran combined his legal expertise with
his love of sport in his role as the Honorary Legal Adviser to the
International Island Games Association, a position he held from 1997 to
2009. He was Chairman and Games Director
of the Organising Committee for the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games, held in
the Isle of Man in 2011.
member of Manx Mencap and Chairman of Manx Gateway and Project 21, Karran has
also been a champion of those with disabilities. In 2007, Project 21
established a daytime respite care centre for adults requiring assistance with
daily life, offering facilities for arts and crafts, sports, computer training,
also supported motorsport in the Island, having been a committee member, Chairman, and President of
the Manx Motorcycle Club, as well as a steward for the TT.
other appointments, he has served as Chairman of the Financial Supervision
Commission since 2012 and as Police Complaints Commission since 2009.
Karran was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Isle of Man Awards for
Excellence, and in 2008 he was awarded an MBE in recognition of his
services to sport and the disabled in the Isle of Man. In 2012 he became a
Freeman of the Borough of Douglas.
A Manxman who has supported all ages, all abilities and all sports on the Island