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Robert William HENDERSON MLC 

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Contact DetailsWilliam R Henderson MHK

Address: Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 3PW

Tel: 01624 686171


Address as: Mr Henderson

Full title: Mr Bill Henderson MLC


Born: 1961, Isle of Man.

Education: Ballakermeen and St Ninian’s High Schools; Trained Psychiatric nurse RMN 1985-1998; UKCC registered, post graduate qualifications (ENB) in clinical teaching and assessing, stress management; Management qualifications: Professional Diploma in Management (Open University) Prof Dip Mgt; Member: Chartered Management Institute (MCI).

Career: Commenced nursing 1981 following various posts on leaving higher education; Hospital night manager, Ballamona Psychiatric Hospital 1992-1998.

Public Service: Unite, Celtic League, Manx Ecological Concern, Manx Wildlife Trust; Parliamentary Representative: Manx Wildlife Trust; TGWU, industrial relations expertise; Former Member: Institute of Health Services Management, UKCC, Manx Antiquarian and National History Society, Manx Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, New York Conservation Society, Transport and General Workers Union, Royal British Legion, Friend of Burma Star Association, Manx Rivers Improvement Association, Manx Foundation for the Physically Disabled.

Interests: Photography, long distance hill trekking, conservation and ornithology, Island historical and current Heritage and culture, natural heritage.

Parliamentary Profile

Current Posts 

Member of the Legislative Council 2015-date. 
Member of The Treasury 2014-date.
Member of the Standing Committee of the Business and Functioning of the Council 2020-date.
Member of the Emoluments Committee 2021-date.
Member of the Tynwald Standards and Members' Interests Committee 2021-date.
Member of the Select Committee of Tynwald on Built Heritage 2022-date.

Parliamentary Career 

Member of the House of Keys 1998-2015.

Minister: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2004-2005.

Member: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 1999-2001, Education 1999-2001, Local Government and the Environment 2001-2004 and 2005-2006, Education 2006-2009, Health and Social Security 2009-2010, Social Care 2010-2011, Treasury 2011-2013​, Health 2013-2014.

Chairman: IOM Planning Committee 2001-2004, Office of Fair Trading 2008-2011, Vice Chairman of the Isle of Man Water and Sewerage Authority 2011-2013.

Committees of Tynwald:  Select Committee on Elections to the House of Keys 2001-2003, Select Committee on Playground Facilities for Children 2002-2003, Tynwald Management Committee 2001-2006, Tynwald Management Committee ‘Wedding Cake’ Sub-Committee 2003-2006, Immigration 2007-2008, Public Accounts 2007-2011, Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee 2013-2014, Member of the Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the Road Traffic Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2016 2016-2017; Member of the Select Committee on the Business and Functioning of the Council 2019-2020; Member of the Select Committee of Tynwald on Public Footpaths, Bridleways and Green Lanes (Petition for Redress) 2021-2022.

Chairman: Select Committee on Building Regulations etc. (Petition for redress) 2013.

Council of Ministers’ Committees:  Social Issues, Manx National Development Council, Future Port Erin Marine Laboratory, Constitutional and External Relations 2007-2010, Business Change Steering Group 2007-2011.

Electoral History

First stood and elected as Member of the House of Keys for Douglas North in a by-election 1998, re-elected 2001, 2006 and 2011. Elected as a Member of the Legislative Council in March 2015 to serve for a term ending 29th February 2020; re-elected March 2020 for a term ending 28th February 2025.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Study Visit: Westminster, London 1998.