Organisation Information

The Children's Centre Ltd. is a Company Limited by Guarantee

Registered Charity Number 921. 

Registered Office: 94 Woodbourne Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, British Isles IM2 3AS

The Management Team

With around 120 staff working for us, we have a full range of skills, experience and knowledge on which to draw.

Looking after the overall management of The Children's Centre is the Senior Management Team.

Fiona Dawson - Chief Executive Officer

Fiona joined in April 2015 and is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of The Children's Centre. She has a track record in change management and was also formerly a sessional lecturer at the IoM International Business School. Her career has spanned finance, PR, customer service and operations. She has an Executive MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland).

Mark Payne - Head of Charitable Services

For the past ten years Mark has mainly worked in the Third Sector, both on the Island and in the UK, with a focus on organisational development, leadership and business coaching. He has management and adult education qualifications and a Level 7 in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring. Before moving to the Isle of Man he was the Training Lead for the Cumbria Council for Voluntary Services and worked as a Senior Trainer before moving to The Children's Centre.

The Board of Trustees

The company is governed by the Trustees, who are also the company directors.

The current board is made up of six individuals, bringing a wide range of skills and expertise to the charity.

Mike Gardner - Chairman


Mike, a chartered accountant, brings a wealth of financial experience to The Children's Centre, having been an Audit Partner with KPMG in the Isle of Man for many years prior to taking retirement in 2008. Since then he has accepted a number of non-executive directorship appointments, principally in the insurance market, and acts as an Independent Examiner to a number of local charities.

In his spare time, Mike can be found riding his bike around the Manx roads and has participated in a number of cycling-related fundraising events for the Children's Centre, including several Lands' End to John O'Groats rides.

After being appointed as a Trustee in September 2011, Mike took on the role of Chairman in January 2014.

Other trustees

Stuart Colligon

S Colligan

Stuart has been a trustee since October 2007 and is a business owner, with a number of companies operating in the health sector including pharmaceutical, medical device, consultancy and leisure organisations. A Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Stuart also holds the IoD's Diploma in Company Direction.

Jonathan Hall    

J Hall  

Jonathan is the longest serving trustee, joining in September 2005. He is a solicitor having qualified in 1984 and has also spent time in the life assurance industry gaining experience in compliance, risk and governance. He has served on the Executive Committees of the Manx Insurance Association, Association of International Life Offices, Employment and Data Protection Tribunals. Jonathan is a Chartered Member of CISI and holder of the IoD's Diploma in Company Direction.

Jacqueline Dunn      

J Dunn

Jacqueline brings a health and family care background with experience working in the governmental and non-governmental and charity sectors in the Isle of Man, UK and overseas. Jacqui currently works with Isle of Man Public Health Directorate, leading its Health Protection work.  Jacqui has been a member of the Board of Trustees since November 2012.                                     

Findlay MacLeod

  findlay macleod                                                         

Findlay has been Managing Director of the Island's dairy farmers' co-operative, Isle of Man Creamery, since April 2000. Under his leadership, the Creamery has consistently and significantly progressed commercially and in the quality of its products and services, winning many local and international accolades. Findlay has a degree in Economics and Marketing and as a Chartered Director and holder of the Institute of Directors' Diploma in Company Direction, has a depth of knowledge and experience of corporate governance. He also holds the Chartered Marketer accreditation. Alongside these commitments, Findlay was appointed a Trustee in September 2009.

Linda Muirhead


Linda was appointed as a Trustee in April 2016 and brings with her over 20 years' experience specialising in Operational improvement and transformation predominantly within the life assurance industry. Linda has operated at both Senior Management and Board Level, with a proven track record in strategy development, business planning and operational change to support growth whilst improving efficiency and effectiveness, and customer experience.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Andrew as the newest Trustee is a qualified solicitor with over 30 years of experience in the private and financial sectors in both the UK and IOM. Andrew's background is wide ranging covering Group Counsel, Group Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for three major offshore financial services companies as well as childcare and protection matters when in private practice. Andrew is looking forward to becoming actively involved as a Trustee after his appointment in December 2016, planning to use his experience and skills for the benefit of The Children's Centre, helping to provide every opportunity for children of all ages to develop and flourish.

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week