Juan Watterson

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Juan Watterson
Born
Juan Paul Watterson

1980 (1980) (age 39)
Residence Port St Mary, Isle of Man
EducationRushen Infants School
Rushen Junior School
Castle Rushen High School
Alma mater University of Lincoln
University of Humberside
Occupation Politician, accountant
Years active2001–06 (accountant)
2006–present (politician)
Employer KPMG (2001–06)
Isle of Man Government (2006–present)
Spouse(s)
Helena Perry(m. 2010)
[1]

Juan Paul Watterson FCA CMgr FCMI SHK (born 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]

Speaker of the House of Keys presiding officer of Manx legistlative body

The Speaker of the House of Keys is the principal officer of the House of Keys, the lower house of the Isle of Man legislature. The Speaker is elected from the membership of the House at its first sitting after an election. He is responsible for controlling the procedure of the House and for the authoritative interpretation of its standing orders. He sets the business of the House and authorises the order of business of the House for each sitting. The Speaker uses the letters SHK after his name.

Isle of Man British Crown dependency

The Isle of Man, often referred to simply as Mann, is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented by a lieutenant governor. Defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.

House of Keys lower house (Isle of Man)

The House of Keys is the directly elected lower branch of Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man, the other branch being the Legislative Council.

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Early life

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

Castle Rushen High School

Castle Rushen High School is a co-educational secondary state school located in Castletown on the Isle of Man for pupils in the south of the island.

Qualification and Professional Memberships

Watterson attended the University of Lincoln (University of Humberside) where he graduated in 2001 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Management. He joined international accountancy firm KPMG where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005. He was the ICAEW Chairman of the National Student Council, and later served on the Institute's Young Professionals Advisory Board, Public Sector Advisory Board and is currently a member of the Members and Commercial Board of the Institute as well as being part of its 90 member governing ICAEW Council [2]

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is a public research university in the cathedral city of Lincoln, England. The university has origins tracing back to 1861, and obtained university status in 1992 and its present name and structure in 2001.

KPMG professional services company

KPMG is a network of professional service firms and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Career

Watterson was first elected to the House of Keys in 2006 aged 26 years 142 days, making him the second youngest ever elected MHK. He was appointed a political member of the Department of Local Government and the Environment and Chairman of the Island's Planning Authority, [3] Until May 2009, he had special responsibility as a "political member" 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 [4] with special responsibility for the Island's financial services sector.

Department of Health and Social Security (Isle of Man)

The Department of Health and Social Security or DHSS provided healthcare, social services, and social security.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

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 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 for Home Affairs on 14 October 2011.

Department of Home Affairs (Isle of Man)

The Department of Home Affairs ensures the safety, protection and security of the Isle of Man.

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. [6]

Personal life

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". [7]

Publications

Tynwaldballs and Tynwaldballs 2, two collections of quotes and garffes from the Manx parliament.

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The government of the Isle of Man is a parliamentary representative democracy. As a Crown Dependency, it is not subordinate to the government of the United Kingdom. That government, however, is responsible for defence and external affairs and could intervene in the domestic affairs of the island under its residual responsibilities to guarantee "good government" in all Crown dependencies. The Monarch of the United Kingdom is also the head of state of the Isle of Man, and generally referred to as "The Queen, Lord of Mann". Legislation of the Isle of Man defines "the Crown in right of the Isle of Man" as separate from the "Crown in right of the United Kingdom". Her representative on the island is the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, but his role is mostly ceremonial, though he does have the power to grant Royal Assent.

Tynwald legislature of the Isle of Man

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  2. https://www.icaew.com/about-icaew/who-we-are/governance/council/watterson-juan-
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2009-11-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. http://www.gov.im/ded
  5. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/watterson-elected-speaker-1-8149676
  6. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/61767/supplement/24715/data.pdf
  7. http://isleofman.com/News/details/14607/private-eye-highlights-minister-s-lapse-of-judgement-