Juan Watterson

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Juan Watterson
Born Juan Paul Watterson
1980 (1980) (age 37)
Isle of Man
Residence Port St Mary, Isle of Man
Education Rushen Infants School
Rushen Junior School
Castle Rushen High School
Alma mater University of Lincoln
University of Humberside
Occupation Politician, accountant
Years active 2001–06 (accountant)
2006–present (politician)
Employer KPMG (2001–06)
Isle of Man Government (2006–present)
Spouse(s) Helena Perry (m. 2010)[1]

Juan Paul Watterson BA (Hons) FCA CMgr FCMI SHK (born 4 July 1980[1]) is a Manx politician, who is Speaker of the House of Keys, and a member for Rushen, in the Isle of Man.[1]

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Early life[edit]

Born in 1980 to John & Alison Watterson, he was educated at Rushen Infants School, Rushen Junior School and Castle Rushen High School.

Career[edit]

Watterson was first elected to the House of Keys in 2006 aged 26 years 142 days, making him the second youngest ever MHK. He was appointed a political member of the Department of Local Government and the Environment and Chairman of the Island's Planning Authority,[2] Until May 2009, he had special responsibility for Housing (DoLGE) and Social Security within the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS), these roles being the Manx equivalent of a junior minister in the UK. After 10 months as Chairman of the Planning Committee, he was appointed to the Department of Economic Development[3] with special responsibility for the Island's financial services sector.

He was re-elected in the 2011 General Election with 3,080 votes, the highest number of votes in the Island, and the largest in Rushen since the 1986 boundary changes. He was appointed the Minister for the Department of Home Affairs, Chairman of the Communications Commission and (in 2012) became the Island's first Armed Forces Champion. At 31 years 102 days, he became the youngest ever member of the Council of Ministers on his appointment as Minister of Home Affairs on 14 October 2011.

  • 2001: 1st class degree in Management from the University of Lincoln[2]
  • 2005: Chartered Accountant
  • 2006: Elected to House of Keys with 2,430 votes.
  • 2011: Re-elected to the House of Keys, with 3,080 votes, the largest received by any candidate since 1981.
  • 2011: Appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Chairman of the Communications Commission
  • 2016: Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
  • 2016: Re-elected after boundary changes with 2,087 votes, the third largest total on the Island.
  • 2016: Elected unopposed to the position of Speaker of the House of Keys.[4]

Watterson joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme where he is a postgraduate (2012) and Honorary Commander (RN). On 1 August 2016 he was appointed Hon. Colonel of the Isle of Man Army Cadet Force.

Personal life[edit]

Watterson has been married to Helena (née Perry) since March 2010, they have a daughter and son together and live in Port St. Mary, Isle of Man.

In December 2011 he infamously vomited on a public bus after attending his Department's (Department of Home Affairs (Isle of Man)) Christmas party, shortly after giving a talk about a need for a "responsible attitude" towards drinking over the festive period. This was featured in a January 2012 edition of Private Eye, as a nominee of the "Don't Do What I Do, Do What I Say" Rotten Borough award. He later apologised for his "lapse of judgement" in "getting a little bit drunk".[5]

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