Organisation Information

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

Registered Charity Number 921. 

Registered Office: 94 Woodbourne Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, British Isles IM2 3AS

The Management Team

With around 120 staff working for us, we have a full range of skills, experience and knowledge on which to draw.

Looking after the overall management of The Children's Centre is the Senior Management Team.

Fiona Dawson - Chief Executive Officer

Fiona joined in April 2015 and is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of The Children's Centre. She has a track record in change management and was also formerly a sessional lecturer at the IoM International Business School. Her career has spanned finance, PR, customer service and operations. She has an Executive MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland).

Neil Corlett - Operations Manager

Neil has overall responsibility for the charity's Facilities management and procurement, as well as the agenda for IT, Healthy & Safety, Operational Risk & Compliance and Quality. As well as planning for the future operational requirements of the organisation as we develop and adapt to meet demands for services, his role works closely with Finance to ensure we constantly review cost-efficiency and remain environmentally aware. Neil joined The Children's Centre in March 2016 after a 23 year career in the Manx Government which spanned property management and development, financial and information assistance to new businesses plus legal and court administration.

Linda King – Practice Lead

As Practice Lead Linda is responsible for creating and ensuring professional social work standards are promoted and enhanced throughout The Children's Centre, including working with and reporting to the relevant regulators. Linda joined in 2016, sharing a wealth of experience following 30 years as a social worker practitioner and manager in the UK. Linda holds an MA in Social Work Management and has a keen interest in Therapeutic Social Work, Early Prevention, Fostering and Adoption.

Sarah de Yoxall - Finance Lead

Sarah joined in February 2017 as Finance Lead and is responsible for the management and operation of Finance and Company Secretarial functions for The Children's Centre. She previously worked at Manx Telecom as Head of Commercial Finance and brings with her a wide range of experience in a variety of financial areas. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants.

The Board of Trustees

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

The current board is made up of six individuals, bringing a wide range of skills and expertise to the charity.

Mike Gardner - Chairman


Mike, a chartered accountant, brings a wealth of financial experience to The Children's Centre, having been an Audit Partner with KPMG in the Isle of Man for many years prior to taking retirement in 2008. Since then he has accepted a number of non-executive directorship appointments, principally in the insurance market, and acts as an Independent Examiner to a number of local charities.

In his spare time, Mike can be found riding his bike around the Manx roads and has participated in a number of cycling-related fundraising events for the Children's Centre, including several Lands' End to John O'Groats rides.

After being appointed as a Trustee in September 2011, Mike took on the role of Chairman in January 2014.

Other trustees

Stuart Colligon

S Colligan

Stuart has been a trustee since October 2007 and is a business owner, with a number of companies operating in the health sector including pharmaceutical, medical device, consultancy and leisure organisations. A Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Stuart also holds the IoD's Diploma in Company Direction.

Jacqueline Dunn      

J Dunn

Jacqueline brings a health and family care background with experience working in the governmental and non-governmental and charity sectors in the Isle of Man, UK and overseas. Jacqui currently works with Isle of Man Public Health Directorate, leading its Health Protection work.  Jacqui has been a member of the Board of Trustees since November 2012.                                     


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.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Andrew as the newest Trustee is a qualified solicitor with over 30 years of experience in the private and financial sectors in both the UK and IOM. Andrew's background is wide ranging covering Group Counsel, Group Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for three major offshore financial services companies as well as childcare and protection matters when in private practice. Andrew is looking forward to becoming actively involved as a Trustee after his appointment in December 2016, planning to use his experience and skills for the benefit of The Children's Centre, helping to provide every opportunity for children of all ages to develop and flourish.

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.

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