Two men who recently left high-powered jobs regulating the island’s finance sector have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.
Former Financial Supervision Commission boss John Aspden and the former chief executive of the Insurance and Pensions Authority David Vick both get MBEs.
In addition, charity worker Hugh Davidson gets and MBE and tireless volunteer Dorothea Gell gets a British Empire Medal,
Mr Aspden played a role in ensuring the island hasd enhanced its reputation as a well-regulated finance centre.
Mr Vick helped to enhance and implement of the Isle of Man’s regulations for insurance and pensions business, and in its growth as a centre for such business, with funds under management of some £65bn.
Mr Davidson and his wife Sandra fund the H & S Davidson Trust, which has undertaken joint ventures with Save the Children to educate more than 3,000 children in Kolkata, and with Oxfam to more than double the income of 11,000 poor women and their families in India and north Bangladesh.
He has been the vice president of Save the Children (IOM) since 2002 and is a founder member and part funder of the One World Centre, aimed at raising awareness of larger global issues.
He is also involved with AXA IOM and Age Isle of Man in inter-generational ‘Tell Me Project’, in which children recorde memories of older people to be preserved for future generations.
With his wife Sandra, he is a co-founder of Rushen Heritage Trust.
Mrs Gell, from Peel, was a district nursing sister and midwife for 34 years from 1953 to 1987 having trained at Noble’s Hospital
She is currently a committee member for Manx Mencap and manager of the Manx Mencap Charity Shop; vice chairman of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section; collector for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
She was also a First Aid instructor with the Red Cross and chairman of the Peel and Western District Anti-Cancer.