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Our Trustees contribute to the work of the Manx Museum and National Trust through their experience and expertise. Find out more about our Trustees in the biographies below.
Tony Pass – Chairman, Manx Museum and National Trust
Born in Bramhall, Cheshire, Anthony John Bradley Pass is an architect, town planner, historian and lifelong enthusiast for the Isle of Man, with over 40 years experience in historic buildings and conservation.
Following an impressive early career in both private practice and local government, Tony moved to the Isle of Man in the 1990’s to become Head of Properties for Manx National Heritage where he planned and managed major projects including the development of Rushen Abbey, the Old House of Keys and the Sound, the refurbishment of the Laxey Wheel as well as other signature projects (1997 – 2004).
Tony has served on several boards in the voluntary and local government sectors including as Chairman of Lonan Commissioners and Vice Chairman of Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust. He is a member of the Sodor and Man Diocesan Advisory Committee, Board Member of the Manx Heritage Foundation and a life member of the Manx Wildlife Trust. He became a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2007.
In 1988 he published a biography of Thomas Worthington, an important 19th Century architect. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries for his research into Victorian Architecture and work on the rescue and conservation of old buildings. Tony was appointed Chairman of the Manx Museum and National Trust in Spring 2012.
John Cashen OBE – Joint Deputy Chairman
Born and educated on the Isle of Man, John Cashen qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in the United Kingdom in 1967.
He returned to the Island in 1969 where he held various positions in the Isle of Man Government Treasury before being appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1991.
After retirement in 2001 he took up several appointments in both the public and private sectors including that of a Trustee of Manx Museum and National Trust. John was honoured with the Order of the British Empire for public service in the Isle of Man in 2000. He was reappointed as a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.
Mike Devereau CB – Joint Deputy Chairman
Born in Douglas Mike Devereau was educated at King William’s College and University College London, where he read Law. He spent thirty years in the UK Civil Service as an information specialist in several Departments before becoming Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information. He retired in 1997 from Cabinet Office as Under Secretary and Head of the Government Information Service.
In 1997 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath. He has been a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust since 2007.
David Elyan was born in Cork Ireland and educated at Cork Grammar School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied Commerce and Economics.
During his early career, David qualified as a Chartered Secretary, later becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries. His work has spanned several industries including publishing, market research and financial services.
In 1987 he became a company director and began devoting significant time to charitable activities mainly connected with the arts, later becoming Director and Secretary of the Bankside Gallery, London.
David is a former Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Academy of Music, Trustee and Member of the Council of the Royal Albert Hall and Trustee of the Fenton Arts Trust.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, Honorary Member of the Royal Watercolour Society, Honorary Fellow of the Universities of Malta and Gloucestershire and a life member of the Bibliographical Society. He became a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.
Born on the Isle of Man, Malcolm Crellin Kelly is an agricultural specialist educated at Lancashire Agricultural College.
Malcolm began his early career as Trainee Manager at Maple Leaf Hatcheries in Chorley, returning to the Isle of Man in 1967 to work for the Isle of Man Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry where his main responsibilities included plant health, pedigree beef animals and provision of agricultural advice.
Malcolm has served on several boards including as a member of the Isle of Man Licensing Court and Chairman of Peel Town Commissioners. He is a founder member of Peel Heritage Trust, has served as a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust and is a member of the Manx Wildlife Trust.
Malcolm was successfully reappointed as a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.
Dr Kathy Kilmurry
Dr Kathy Kilmurry began her career in archaeology at sites in Lincolnshire, Southern England and Wales. Having gained her PhD in Medieval Archaeology from University College London, she became a lecturer in British Archaeology at New England College, Sussex and served as an independent member of the Test Valley Archaeological Committee.
Although maintaining her interest in archaeology, Kathy’s career turned to software development and IT management, which led to general management and a move to the Isle of Man. While Managing Director of Royal Skandia she was also active in the Association of International Life Offices, and served on committees including roles as Chair of the Manx Insurance Association and member of the Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee.
Kathy has an interest in both natural and cultural heritage and is a member of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society and the Manx Wildlife Trust. She became a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.
Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Derry Kissack is a joiner and master builder, with over 45 years experience in the construction, plant hire and farming industries.
Derry has a keen interest in the preservation of vintage vehicles and farm machinery, although his passion is motorcycle sport. Currently President of the Southern Motorcycle Club Ltd, Derry has also served as Competition Secretary and Chairman for the organisation.
He is known to many thousands of people as a member of the Purple Helmets Motorcycle Display Team, most notably as the commentator who guides spectators through breathtaking performances which are a favorite at the Isle of Man TT Races.
In 2009, Derry published his memoirs ‘Do you know Derry Kissack? – No – but I know a fella who does!’ . In recent years, Derry and his wife acquired Ballakissack Farm, where the family have undertaken extensive work to the land and buildings including the renovation of previously derelict Manx stone buildings.
He was appointed as a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.
Dr Catriona Mackie
Dr Catriona Mackie is Lecturer in Manx Studies at the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Manx Studies, based at the Nunnery in Douglas, where she is Director of Studies for the University’s postgraduate Masters degree in Manx Studies. As well as teaching on the Masters programme, Catriona supervises MA and PhD research students and teaches on the undergraduate BA in History, Heritage Management and Manx Studies at the Isle of Man College.
Catriona has an educational background in Architecture (BSc Hons, University of Strathclyde) and Celtic Studies (MA, PhD, University of Edinburgh). Catriona also studied for two years at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic-medium College on the Isle of Skye, becoming a fluent speaker of Scottish Gaelic. She later spent three years working as a researcher on the Faclair na Gàidhlig (Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic) Project.
Catriona’s research interests focus on the social history of the modern period on the Isle of Man and in other parts of the British Isles, with a particular emphasis on the built environment, tourism, and heritage, and the role of heritage in national identity formation. In addition to publishing papers in scholarly journals, she regularly presents her research at academic conferences and is currently writing a book on tenant-landlord relations and the development of traditional housing in the Scottish Hebrides.
Catriona is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and was President of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society (IOMNHAS) from 2011 to 2012. As a member of the IOMNHAS Committee, she has been involved in setting up the Traditional Buildings of Mann project, which aims to encourage local communities on the Island to take a more active interest in the traditional buildings in their area.
Mr D Cretney MHK
John Watt is currently the commercial director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd, having worked there at board level for 17 years, previously as Strategy and Planning Director.
John graduated with a BA Hons from Nottingham University, followed by an MBA from Imperial College, London. He began his career as a Transport Manager at Cargill UK Ltd, and moved in to business as an analyst and consultant at various organisations giving him invaluable experience both in commerce and transport.
In 1995 he moved to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company where he has gained responsibility for all commercial matters and strategic planning for the business. He is highly experienced in the customer-focussed service industry and has worked hard to promote Isle of Man tourism. In addition to his position at IOMSPC, John has been the representative at a number of meetings and committees, liaising constantly with Isle of Man Government, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Shipping, the Department of Tourism ‘Partnership’, and more recently the Department of Infrastructure and the Passenger Shipping Association.
John has also been extensively involved with the Department of Economic Development TT Commercial Stakeholders meetings, and the Manx Grand Prix Festival. He became a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.
Born in Sweden, Eva Wisemark is a qualified engineer and holds both a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA majoring in Finance from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Eva has held a broad range of management positions in Europe and the USA in the power, water, chemical and engineered products industries, in addition to a number of non-executive directorships in both the private and public sectors.
Her roles have included worldwide responsibility for strategy and development, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, with her earlier career also gaining her experience in sales, engineering and procurement management.
Eva has held UK Government appointments as a member of the North West Industrial Development Board, a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool and as a Commissioner of the US-UK Fulbright Commission of which she is now Patron. She has also been Chairman of the Institute of Directors North West and Business in the Arts North West, and is currently a board member of the board of the Isle of Man Water & Sewerage Authority.
Eva holds a Diploma in Company Direction, is a Fellow of Institute of Directors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She became a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.
John Wright is a qualified Manx Advocate and Notary public, with over 30 years experience in the legal profession.
John was admitted to the Bar of the Isle of Man in 1982 after completing an MA in Criminology at Hull University. Following an impressive early career, John gained his full practising certificate for England and Wales in 1996. He is Chartered Fellow of the International Centre for Legal Studies.
Throughout his career, John has served on an extensive number of boards in both the public and voluntary sectors including as Honorary Legal Adviser to both the Isle of Man Trades Council and the Isle of Man Branch of the British Hotels, Restaurants and Caterers Association, Vice Chair of the Manx Amateur Drama Federation and Committee member of the Friends of the Gaiety Theatre. He became a Trustee of the Manx Museum and National Trust in 2012.