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The Communications Commission is a Statutory Board of the Isle of Man Government, comprised of a Chairman and up to five Members with a range of experiences. The Commission staff consists of the Director and three other staff.

We have the responsibility for licensing and regulating telecommunications and broadcasting on the Isle of Man under the Telecommunications Act 1984, the Radio Masts Regulation Act 1988 and the Broadcasting Act 1993.

The Commission recognises the need to ensure that the Island’s infrastructure and services continue to be leading edge, both to remain competitive in its existing economic sectors and to develop new wealth creating industries. If the Isle of Man wishes to attract businesses that will contribute to its long-term economic potential then it must have a system of regulation that promotes long-term stability and investment.

Key to the Island’s future is maintaining its reputation as a diverse and modern jurisdiction, but one that has an important historical and cultural heritage. We aim to protect and promote the sense of community on the Island by ensuring there is an appropriate Manx focus to local broadcasts through licence conditions and our support of the Gaelic Broadcasting Committee. Where Island affairs are covered by UK Broadcasters such as the BBC, we work closely with them to ensure that the Isle of Man receives fair coverage on TV, radio and online.

An important part of our day-to-day work is licensing and monitoring compliance. This will continue to take up much of the Commission’s time, but our primary focus for the coming years is to modernise our regulation to create stability while encouraging investment and innovation.

Hon William Mackay Malarkey MHK - Chairman of the Communications Commission

Mr William Malarkey was appointed Chairman of the Communications Commission in 2016 and is also the Minister of Home Affairs and a Member of the Isle of Man Branch Executive Committee.

Mr William Malarkey is educated as a City and Guilds Electrical Engineer and has served as a Douglas Town Councillor until 2015. He has also been Vice Chairman of the Environmental Services Committee and Standards Committee, a Member of the Regeneration Committee and Chairman of the Eastern Civic Amenity site in the past.

Dr Carmel McLaughlin - Director of the Communications Commission

Dr Carmel McLaughlin took up her position as Director of the Communications Commission in July 2008 and has over twenty years’ experience in communications regulation. Dr McLaughlin left the Office of Communications (Ofcom) in London, where she was a Principle within the Spectrum Policy Group, to take up her position in the Isle of Man.

Prior to Ofcom, Dr McLaughlin worked for four years at the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in Dublin and previously held a number of management appointments with Ofcom legacy regulators (the Independent Television Commission and the Independent Broadcasting Authority).

Dr McLaughlin has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge, a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh and is a former pupil of Kylemore Abbey School, Connemara, County Galway.

Mr Nigel Cordwell - Member of the Communications Commission

Mr Nigel Cordwell was appointed to the Communications Commission in 2001, replacing Deemster Henry Callow, and is now on his fourth term on the Board of the Commission.

Mr Cordwell is an Advocate and Notary Public of the Manx Bar specialising in medical negligence and personal injury litigation. He is also a Solicitor and Notary Public in England and Wales (non practising) and a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland (non practising). He attended King William’s College in the Isle of Man, read Classics at the University of Liverpool and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Mr Robert Frize - Member of the Communications Commission

Mr Frize was appointed to the Communications Commission in April 2013.

Mr Frize has nearly thirty years’ experience in the financial services industry, across a broad range of industry types and functions. He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1991 and has held senior management and board-level positions in a number of financial services companies, both in Ireland and the Isle of Man. He set up his own actuarial consultancy firm in the Isle of Man in 2004, specialising in product development and financial modelling.

Mr Frize is a graduate of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Society of Satellite Professionals International.

Mr J P Donnio

Mr Donnio comes to the Commission with 20 years experience in the IT industry and is a long time observer of the aerospace world.

After graduating in both IT and telecommunications at BSc level, he obtained an MSc in internetworking. His work experience covers operating internet service providers and hosting service providers, designing internet autonomous systems and building a Linux distribution. In his current position he runs a public key certificate business (internet security).

Mr Donnio is also the author of The Satellite Encyclopedia, a technical reference document used by the satcom and space industries, established in 1994.

Mr Maurice Mawdsley - Member of the Communications Commission

Mr Maurice Mawdsley was first appointed as a Member of the Communications Commission on 1 April 2007 and is now in his second term of office.

Mr Mawdsley was formally Head of the Information Systems Division of the Isle of Man Government and represented the Isle of Man Government nationally and internationally in both the public and private sectors. Before joining the Isle of Man Government he was a Marketing Executive for 5 years with Unisys Computer Systems and prior to that worked as an Accountant for local government authorities in the North West of England.

Mr Mawdsley is an experienced broadcaster providing commentary for the TT Races, the MGP and the Southern 100 for over 30 years. He has taught speech drama and public speaking and is a qualified MCC Cricket Umpire and member of his local musical society.

 Mr Brian Parkin

Mr Parkin comes to the Commission with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. His career has encompassed work in both the private and government sector. Within the private sector he has worked for both domestic and international carriers as well as working for a telecommunication equipment provider. He has held a variety of positions ranging from Research and Development, to strategic markets and product development.

Prior to accepting this role, Mr Parkin worked for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on both Canadian and International legislation.

Ms Sue Strang - Head of Regulatory Policy

Sue Strang has worked for IOM Government since 1997, firstly in the Department of Education before transferring to the Department of Trade and Industry to specialise in employment law and policy. She moved to the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure as Legislation and Policy Manager in 2010 before joining the Communications Commission in 2012.

Sue has a law degree from Nottingham University and a Masters in Law and Employment Relations from Leicester University. She has many years of experience in working on the development of primary and secondary legislation.

Miss Katy Collister - Regulatory Manager

Katy joined the Commission in July 2016, having previously worked within the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading and Economic Affairs within the Cabinet Office.

Katy has a degree in Business Economics from Lancaster University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College London.

Mrs Lynda Lane - Regulatory Assistant

Lynda Lane joined the Commission in March 2014, having previously worked as a PA in the Chief Executive and Minister’s Office within both the Department of Social Care and the DHSS. Lynda worked off island for many years for Merseyside Police and undertook various roles including managing a busy Performance Management Information Unit, was an Admin Manager within a Training Unit and also worked as a Clerical Officer within the Traffic Department for 12 years.