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IoM Council of Ministers chosen by Chief Minister

Chief Minister Howard Quayle was previously Minister of Health and Social Care before accepting his new role as leader of the Council of Ministers Credit:

The Isle of Man's Chief Minister Howard Quayle has today announced who will head Government departments.

The Council of Ministers is made up of eight different sections under the Chief Minister's leadership. They are:

Economic Development – Laurence Skelly

Education and Children – Graham Cregeen

Environment, Food and Agriculture – Geoffrey Boot

Health and Social Care – Kate Beecroft

Home Affairs – Bill Malarkey

Infrastructure – Ray Harmer

Policy and Reform – Chris Thomas

Treasury – Alfred Cannan



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