Appointment of next Lieutenant Governor, Deemster and Attorney General

THE Isle of Man Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Wood as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Island.
Mr Wood, who will succeed Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks in April next year, has recently retired from the British Diplomatic Service after a distinguished career in diplomacy and international development. This culminated in the post of Africa Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in which role he advised the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary and managed the network of Britain’s Embassies and High Commissions across Africa.
Between 2005 and 2008 he was British High Commissioner in Nairobi, Kenya, having previously served as High Commissioner in Kampala, Uganda.
Mr Wood, who was educated at Oxford and is married with one daughter, has also worked in Brussels, Bangkok and Washington.
Appointment of Attorney General
GOVERNMENT Advocate Stephen Harding has been appointed to succeed John Corlett QC as the Island’s Attorney General when Mr Corlett retires in April next year.
Mr Harding has been a Manx Advocate for more than 18 years, having been called to the Manx Bar in January 1992. After working in private practice he joined the Attorney General’s Chambers as Government Advocate in February 2002 and has advised the Isle of Man Government on a wide variety of legal issues.
The Attorney General is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen and is the legal adviser to the Crown in the Isle of Man, and to the Isle of Man Government. He is ex officio a Member of the Legislative Council and attends meetings of the Council of Ministers.
The Attorney General is also responsible for the prosecution of offences in the Court of General Gaol Delivery and for the drafting of Government legislation.


The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as the representative of the Crown in the Isle of Man.
Appointment of First Deemster
HIS Honour Deemster David Doyle has been appointed as First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls, succeeding the late Deemster Michael Kerruish QC.
Deemster Doyle, who has been Second Deemster since March 2003, was called to the English Bar in 1982 and to the Manx Bar in 1984. From 1984 to 2003 he was a Manx Advocate in private practice, and in 2002 and 2003 he served on a part-time basis as a Deputy High Bailiff and Coroner of Inquests.
Deemster Doyle commented: ‘I am honoured and delighted that my application for the position of First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls has been successful and that Her Majesty the Queen has approved my appointment.
‘I look forward to building, in due course, upon the solid foundations put in place by my predecessors including Deemsters Cain and Kerruish who have made a massive contribution to the administration of justice on this Island.
‘A fair, efficient and effective legal system in which the public have confidence is an important asset to a civilised and successful jurisdiction. An independent legal system is an essential part of our democratic infrastructure. I believe in democratic values and in particular adherence to the rule of law.

‘I look forward to the continuing support of my judicial colleagues and all those within court administration as I take on the exciting challenges that will be presented to me in my capacity as the Island’s First Deemster.’