Miles Walker

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Miles Walker
Chief Minister of the Isle of Man
In office
3 December 1986 – 3 December 1996
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorLaurence New
Preceded byEdgar Mann (as Chairman of the Executive Council)
Succeeded byDonald Gelling
Personal details
Miles Rawstron Walker

(1940-11-13) 13 November 1940 (age 78)
Isle of Man
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Mary, Lady Walker
(m. 1966–present)
Children1 son, 1 daughter
ProfessionPolitician / businessman
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Sir Miles Rawstron Walker CBE (born 13 November 1940[1]) is a Manx businessman and politician, who was the first ever Chief Minister of the Isle of Man.[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Born on 13 November 1940 to George Denis Walker and Alice (née Whittaker), he was educated at Castle Rushen High School and the Shropshire Agricultural College. He later went on to become a company director in the farming and retail dairy trade. He was an Arbory commissioner (a local government role) from 1970 until 1976, latterly as the chairman. In 1976 he was elected as MHK for Rushen and was successful. He remained an MHK until he retired at the 2001 General Election. In 1986 he was elected as the island's first ever Chief Minister, and continued in the post until the 1996 election. He was honoured as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1991. He was awarded an honorary doctorate (LL.D.) in 1994 by Liverpool University, and was knighted in 1997.

Personal life[edit]

Walker has been married to Mary since 1966; they have one son and one daughter together and live in Colby, Isle of Man.[citation needed]

Sir Miles has two grandchildren, Harry and Joe Walker. Miles is very proud of the pair as Harry plays for Colby A.F.C. and is a regular goalscorer for the Combination side. Also Joe who is a keen golfer at Port St Mary golf course.

Government positions[edit]

  • Chairman of Tromode House Committee, 1977–80
  • Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, 1979–81
  • Chairman of the Local Government Board, 1981–86
  • Chairman of the Income Tax Commission, 1985–86
  • Member of the Executive Council, 1981–90
  • Chief Minister, 1986–96

Walker's Councils of Ministers[edit]

Office Name Term
Chief Minister Sir Miles Walker 1986–96
Minister of the Treasury David Cannan 1986–89
  Donald Gelling 1989–96
Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Lowey 1986–91
  Arnold Callin 1991–95
  Richard Corkill 1995–96
Minister of Health and Social Security Tony Brown 1986–89
  Jim Cain 1989–91
  Bernie May 1991–96
Minister of Education Victor Kneale 1986–90
  Ron Cretney 1990–91
  Hazel Hannan 1991–95
  Noel Cringle 1995–96
Minister of Industry Ian Anderson 1986–88
  Bernie May 1988–91
  Allan Bell 1991–?
Minister of Trade and Industry Allan Bell ?–1994
Minister of Tourism and Transport Allan Bell 1986–90
Minister of Tourism, Leisure and Transport Allan Bell 1990–94
Minister of Tourism and Leisure Tony Brown 1994–96
Minister of Highways, Ports and Properties Arnold Callin 1986–91
  David North 1991–94
Minister of Transport David North 1994–96
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Don Maddrell 1986–88
  Donald Gelling 1988–89
  David North 1989–91
  John Corrin 1991–95
  Hazel Hannan 1995–96
Minister of Local Government and the Environment Dominic Delaney 1986–89
  Tony Brown 1989–94
  Terry Groves 1994–96

Business Positions[edit]

  • Chairman of Hospice Isle of Man, 2010–present[4]
  • Chairman of the Sefton Group plc., 2010–present[5]


  1. ^ "Walker, Miles Rawstron" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ Belchem, John (2000). A New History of the Isle of Man: The modern period 1830–1999. Liverpool University Press. pp. 197–. ISBN 978-0-85323-726-6. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  3. ^ Kermode, D. G. (2001). Offshore island politics: the constitutional and political development of the Isle of Man in the twentieth century. Liverpool University Press. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-85323-777-8. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Sir Miles Walker is new Hospice Isle of Man chairman". 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Sir Miles Walker takes over as Chairman". 4 June 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
Preceded by
Edgar Mann (as Chairman of the Executive Council)
Chief Minister
Succeeded by
Donald James Gelling CBE CP