Geoff Corkish MBE

Photo by Steve Babb

Chairman of the Arts Council

Geoff Corkish was born, raised and educated on the Isle of Man. He joined the staff of The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited where he was employed for 38 years rising through the ranks to be Head of Public Relations. In 2006 he was elected to House of Keys to serve the constituency of Douglas West and was later elected Deputy Speaker. In 2013 he was elevated to the Legislative Council.

Throughout his political life he has been a member of many departments of government, committee's, statutory boards and Councils.

As a solo vocalist he has been a regular competitor in the Isle of Man's own annual music festival at which in 1983 he was awarded its supreme honour of the Cleveland Gold Medal.

Since joining in 1971 he has been a member of the Lon Dhoo Male Voice Choir singing in the Bass section and as a soloist. He has served the choir in various capacities and during his time as Deputy Conductor led the choir to a major award at the Southport Music Festival competing against some top UK choirs.

In addition to his musical contribution to this Island he is often called upon as an after dinner speaker and to partake in and act as Compere, Chair and Auctioneer at many charitable events both on and off Island.

Ten years ago he initiated the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs which is held biennially and attracts many hundreds of choristers and visitors from around the UK.
In 2006 Geoff Corkish was awarded the MBE for his services to the Manx community and Island charities.

If you'd like to get in touch with Geoff, you can use the email below and include Geoff Corkish in the subject line.

Joined the Arts Council in 2011
Email: iomarts@council 

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