Hon Philip Anderson GAWNE BSc MHK (Rushen) 

PersonalPhiip A Gawne MHK

Education: Arbory Primary School, Castle Rushen High School; University of Liverpool – BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry

Family: Married to Catherine Annie (née Kissack) 1991, 1 son Ewan and 1 daughter Catreeney

Career: Trainee accountant, self-employed stone waller, 16 months in prison for arson, Assistant Farm Manager for Manx National Heritage at Cregneash, Manx Language Development Officer (Yn Greinneyder) for Manx Heritage Foundation

Public Service: Rushen Parish Commissioners 2001-03, Manx Language Advisory Council; Former Cultural Officer: Mec Vannin; Chairman: Mooinjer Veggey (Manx Pre-school Organisation); Director: Manx Language Festival

Interests: Manx Language, Manx traditional music, ploughing and horse work, gardening, walking, singing and classical music

Parliamentary Profile


Member of the Whitley Council (Employer’s Side) 2011-2016
Chairman of Culture Vannin (Manx Heritage Foundation) 2014-2016

Parliamentary Career

Member of the House of Keys 2003-2016

Minister: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2005-10, Infrastructure 2010-11, Environment, Food and Agriculture 2011-14; Infrastructure 2015-2016

Member: Health and Social Security 2003-05, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2003-05

Committees of Tynwald: Standing Committee on Constitutional Matters 2004-06 and 2007-08, Select Committee on the Petition for Redress of Grievance of D A Newton 2004, Select Committee on the Petition for Redress of Grievance of John Maddrell 2004, Select Committee on Port St Mary Commissioners 2004-05, Tynwald Management Committee 2004-06, Select Committee on 5 The Parade, Castletown 2005-06, Select Committee on the Television Licence Fee 2009-11, Select Committee on the Committee System 2010-11, Energy, Climate Change and Marine Spatial Planning 2010-11, Select Committee on the Care and Upbringing of Children (Petition for Redress) 2014, Tynwald Ceremony Arrangements Committee 2014-16

Chairman: Overseas Aid 2010-11, Human Resources Review 2010-11, Industrial Relations Working Group 2010-11, South West Regeneration 2009-11

Trustee: Trustee of Manx National Heritage 2011-12

House of Keys’ Committees: Select Committee on the Regulation of Surveillance Bill 2005-06, Select Committee on the Cheshire Constabulary 2005-06, Constitution (Amendment) Bill Delegation 2008, Delegation Animal Health (Amendment) Bill 2009

Council of Ministers’ Committees: Marketing and Branding the Isle of Man - Steering Committee, Economic Development 2005-10, Constitutional and External Relations 2006-10, Infrastructure and Environment 2005-10, Overseas Aid 2008-10, Manx National Economic Development Council 2006-10, Water Rates Working Group 2009-10, PIF Economic Sub Committee 2009-10

Chairman: Working Group on Queen’s Pier 2007–09, Queen’s Pier Steering Group 2009-10

Electoral History

First stood and elected as Member of the House of Keys for Rushen in a by-election in 2003, re-elected 2006 and 2011

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Member: Isle of Man Branch

Study Visit: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh 2007

Regional Conference: Belfast 2007, Gibraltar 2008

Plenary Conference: Kenya 2010

Political Interests

Environment, Food, Culture and Heritage, Freedom of Information legislation, delivering more open and inclusive government.​