Organisation Information

The Children's Centre Ltd. is a Company Limited by Guarantee

Registered Charity Number 921

Registered Office: The Children's Centre, Wallberry Farm, Old Castletown Road, Braddan, Isle of Man IM4 1AQ

Head of The Children's Centre - Joff Whitten

Joff Whitten

I joined the charity in April 2019 and I am proud to be part of such a tremendous charity. The excellent work we do with children, young people and families living on the island is what brought me here and I am so proud to part of the process, and of all the programmes we do supporting those who have had some difficulty in their lives.

I have over 25 years experience working in learning, cultural engagement and social inclusion projects across England, and whilst not Manx myself, I have been visiting as a tourist for over ten years with my wife and my young family – her dad has made Castletown his home.

I have been lucky enough to work in some amazing places such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Courtauld Gallery in London and for an Arts Council England Bridge hosted by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. I sat as a Heritage Lottery Fund committee member for the East of England between 2013 and 2019 which was both fascinating and a tremendous opportunity. I was invited to join the committee due to my expertise in social inclusion, education and cultural engagement.

It is sad that there is a need for a charity like ours on the island, but there is the need. As such I want to ensure what we do is the best we can do, and to really impact young people facing uncertainty, challenges and adversity. I would have relished such a charity as a boy, if there had been one near me growing up; I both believe in the impact of the work we do but know first-hand how important it can be to help young people reach their goals.

In my spare time I am a keen musician, an enthusiastic voice of reason in the life of our dog and an expert teller of stories to my two little girls.

Please do make contact if you want to hear more about the work we do.

My email is 

The Board of Trustees

The company is governed by the Trustees, who are also the company directors.

The current board is made up of individuals who bring a wide range of skills and expertise to the charity.

John Spellman - Chair

John Spellman is an accountant and banker who spent his early career in financial and software services specialising in the various parts of the offshore industry. He has held a variety of senior positions in the IOM and UK including Managing Director of Clerical Medical International, Halifax General Insurance and HBoS Financial Services. He has wide experience liaising with Government regulators and has held Approved Person status with the FCA in the UK and FSA in the Isle of Man. He has acted as strategic advisor to the Isle of Man Government and various private equity ventures since returning to the Isle of Man in 2007.

He is currently an investor and director of Annexio Limited, and Non-Executive Director of Zurich International.


 Linda Muirhead


Linda was appointed as a Trustee in April 2016 and brings with her over 20 years' experience specialising in Operational improvement and transformation predominantly within the life assurance industry. Linda has operated at both Senior Management and Board Level, with a proven track record in strategy development, business planning and operational change to support growth whilst improving efficiency and effectiveness, and customer experience.

Anthony Page

Anthony was appointed as a Trustee in February 2017, and brings with him a wealth of financial services experience. Having worked within the offshore fiduciary industry for over 15 years, he has developed and enjoyed close working relations with high net worth individuals, families and corporate clients both on Island and within the Channel Islands. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and holds a diploma in International Trust Management. Whilst his current role as Managing Director of Knox House Trust Limited keeps him busy, he is not one to rest there, he is also prone to take up the odd adventure challenge including his 970 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats in July 2016 to raise funds for The Children's Centre.

Ann Norburn - Safeguarding Trustee

Ann is an Independent Safeguarding Trainer and Consultant, Registered Social Worker and Practice Educator for Social Work students.  She has over 40 years experience in the field of child and adult protection as both a practitioner and facilitator/educator in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.

Ann is a group member of a number of boards including England Golf Case Management Group and CFOA (Chief Fire Officers Association) Children and Young Peoples Group and a Safeguarding Trustee for Homestart Cheshire.

She currently works with numerous agencies, organisations and individuals to identify their training, learning and safeguarding needs, evaluating learning at an individual and organisational level.   Ann makes recommendations and/or delivers appropriate safeguarding support and training to make those organisations safer for children; young people and vulnerable adults.

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week