The Children's Centre Ltd. is a Company Limited by Guarantee
Registered Charity Number 921
Registered Office: The Children's Centre, Wallberry Farm, Old Castletown Road, Braddan, Isle of Man IM4 1AQ
Head of The Children's Centre - Joff Whitten
I joined the charity in April 2019 and I am proud to be part of such a tremendous charity. The excellent work we do with children, young people and families living on the island is what brought me here and I am so proud to part of the process, and of all the programmes we do supporting those who have had some difficulty in their lives.
I have over 25 years experience working in learning, cultural engagement and social inclusion projects across England, and whilst not Manx myself, I have been visiting as a tourist for over ten years with my wife and my young family – her dad has made Castletown his home.
I have been lucky enough to work in some amazing places such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Courtauld Gallery in London and for an Arts Council England Bridge hosted by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. I sat as a Heritage Lottery Fund committee member for the East of England between 2013 and 2019 which was both fascinating and a tremendous opportunity. I was invited to join the committee due to my expertise in social inclusion, education and cultural engagement.
It is sad that there is a need for a charity like ours on the island, but there is the need. As such I want to ensure what we do is the best we can do, and to really impact young people facing uncertainty, challenges and adversity. I would have relished such a charity as a boy, if there had been one near me growing up; I both believe in the impact of the work we do but know first-hand how important it can be to help young people reach their goals.
In my spare time I am a keen musician, an enthusiastic voice of reason in the life of our dog and an expert teller of stories to my two little girls.
Please do make contact if you want to hear more about the work we do.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Trustees
The company is governed by the Trustees, who are also the company directors.
The current board is made up of individuals who bring a wide range of skills and expertise to the charity.
John Spellman - Chair
John Spellman is an accountant and banker who spent his early career in financial and software services specialising in the various parts of the offshore industry. He has held a variety of senior positions in the IOM and UK including Managing Director of Clerical Medical International, Halifax General Insurance and HBoS Financial Services. He has wide experience liaising with Government regulators and has held Approved Person status with the FCA in the UK and FSA in the Isle of Man. He has acted as strategic advisor to the Isle of Man Government and various private equity ventures since returning to the Isle of Man in 2007.
He is currently an investor and director of Annexio Limited, and Non-Executive Director of Zurich International.
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.
Anthony Page - Company Secretary
Anthony was appointed as a Trustee in February 2017, and brings with him a wealth of financial services experience. Having worked within the offshore fiduciary industry for over 15 years, he has developed and enjoyed close working relations with high net worth individuals, families and corporate clients both on Island and within the Channel Islands. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and holds a diploma in International Trust Management. Whilst his current role as Managing Director of Knox House Trust Limited keeps him busy, he is not one to rest there, he is also prone to take up the odd adventure challenge including his 970 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats in July 2016 to raise funds for The Children's Centre.
Michael was appointed Trustee in 2021, 5 years after moving to the Isle of Man with his young family to start-up a successful fin-tech business. He has a proven record in successfully building new business in a multitude of industries such as travel, hospitality, retail, healthcare, marketing and more recently fin-tech and now blockchain. His strength lies in the sound operational development of businesses; their systems, people, leadership and work practices.
He is proudly pragmatic, thrives on challenge, is a keen golfer, wine enthusiast and a devoted father of 2 children. This is Michael's first trustee appointment and he is proud to be part of an inspiring organisation achieving so much for children, young people and families that need our support the most.
Ron Berry is the Managing Director and founding shareholder of 3FM the Isle of Man's leading music radio station, which started broadcasting in 2004.
With a background that spans over forty years in Sales and Marketing, Ron founded and ran a successful advertising and design agency on the Island for twenty years which he sold to a multi-national group in 2006. Ron then took up an appointment with the Isle of Man Government as their Inward Investment Advisor for e business development, a post he held for four years before turning his attention back to radio. in 2011 he bought a majority shareholding in 3FM and began to develop the company into a multimedia business that delivers entertainment and information over a variety of platforms.
Ron served on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce until 2020, has been an advisor to a number of Island Charities and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Onchan.
Ron is married to Sarah who is the proprietor of the popular Spill the Beans Coffee Shop in Douglas which she established in 1999. They have two daughters and a granddaughter.
Gary Clueit is an engineer and serial entrepreneur and has spent the past 45 year's building software companies in several countries specializing in advanced data networking, digital content security and encryption technologies. He has substantial multinational experience in corporate management, board governance, strategic planning, legal, regulatory and financial matters and participating in community organizations. He has spent many years inside and outside the corporate world in dispute resolution.
He keeps bees as a hobby and has led several beekeeping organizations including the Washington State Beekeepers Association in the US for several years. He is deeply concerned with the precipitous decline of pollinators, the loss of arable land and access to potable water globally.
Other interests include microelectronics design, 3D printing and programs to encourage youngsters, especially females, into technology through the promotion of Maker Labs. He is currently involved in the design and construction of an ultra-energy efficient Passive House in Douglas.
Susan Clueit has a background in microbiology, banking and finance having served as Chief Financial Officer for the family's closely held companies for the past 20 years. Prior to that she owned and operated a retail craft store. She is an accomplished craftsperson and gardener. The preservation and promotion of traditional arts and crafts have always been a strong interest as is world food production.
The Clueits are co-founders of The Clueit Foundation, a US based private foundation started in 2003 to provide sustainable agriculture scholarships and funding for significantly disadvantaged women in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, the son of the Foundation's first ever scholarship recipient who graduated from Agricultural College in 2007 was awarded a Bachelor of Computer Science degree. He became the first male recipient of a Foundation scholarship and the first member of his extended family to be able to attend University. His mother was the first to be able to take advantage of post-secondary school education.
The Clueits are also involved in business development and microlending for disadvantaged communities in Africa and Asia. They have also involved their 12-year-old grandson who, after some initial guidance, presently manages two modest microlending portfolios.
Both are directors of Isle of Man based Willow Technology (IOM) Ltd. and Ectropyx LLC.