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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.Karran-Geoff.jpg

After 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.

A committee 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, and drama.

Karran has 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.

Amongst other appointments, he has served as Chairman of the Financial Supervision Commission since 2012 and as Police Complaints Commission since 2009.

In 2007, 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