Charity Board Members

Robert Quayle MA (Cantab): Chairman

Robert is a solicitor by profession, with his past experience including solicitor at Linklaters and Paines and Partner of Travers Smith Braithwaite. From 1976 to 1987, Robert was Clerk of Tynwald and Secretary to the House of Keys.

He is currently a consultant and non-executive Director, including Chairman of Isle of Man Steam Packet Co Ltd, Chairman of Communicator Limited, Chairman Ellan Vannin Fuels Ltd, Chairman AXA Isle of Man Limited, Director IPIR, Deputy Chairman, Employment Tribunals.

His Charitable work has included former Acting Chief Executive of Manx Blind Welfare (and now member of the Management Committee of same) Chairman Salvation Army Advisory Council 1980 to 1988, Chairman, Manx Foundation for the Physically Disabled 1986 to 1988. (and now on the Management Committee) Governor, Monkton Coombe School 2000-2008, and Governor, Q3 City Academy.

Robert and his wife, Clare, are very much involved in organising fundraising events at the Schoolrooms together with the other Directors/Committee.


Alison Jones BA Hons, ACA: Fundraising, Visitors Centre, Website and Archive development

Alison is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Price Waterhouse on the Island. She is a Shareholder and Director of two businesses, employing 18 staff, which provide accounting services to a variety of clients based on and off-island, the second of these is a joint venture with Cains Advocates Limited, providing Accounting Services to Cains Group’s clients.

She is also: Trustee of The Milntown Trust and thus experienced with the establishment and management of tourist attractions on the Isle of Man; Treasurer of Culture Vannin (The Manx Heritage Foundation); Non-executive Director of Radio Manx Limited (Manx Radio) since 2000, and Chairman of its Audit Committee; Non Executive Director of the captive insurance companies of each of London Heathrow Airports (formerly BAA), and Cathay Pacific.

Her voluntary roles include assistant leader for the St Johns Brownies, and teaching gardening at St Johns Primary School. With the assistance of the rest of the Committee/Directors, Alison organises various fundraising events for the Schoolrooms.


Ciaran Downey B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying): Schoolrooms Contract Design and Project Manager

A trained Quantity Surveyor by profession, Ciaran is Construction Director for Dandara/Heritage Homes.

Ciaran has spent considerable time developing the plans in conjunction with the former Committee (now Directors) and in consultation with the community, liaising with planners and putting in the planning application, entirely on a voluntary basis. Ciaran and his family are very involved in fundraising events for the Schoolrooms.


Fiona Anderson BSC (Joint Hons) PGCE, DipOE: Assistant Project Manager for Schoolrooms development and Schoolrooms bookings coordinator

Together with her husband, John, Fiona is a Director and Shareholder of Knockaloe Beg Farm Limited. Fiona is responsible for running their “bed and breakfast” and self-catering tourist accommodation aspect of the Farm.

A former secondary school teacher, with a specialism in geography, more recently Fiona has project managed the build of Knockaloe Beg farm buildings and renovation of its various stone outbuildings into a 4* holiday accommodation. In addition she has subsequently project managed the renovation of two further properties in Patrick, one of which is a listed former coach house.

Her voluntary roles include running the weekly youth club at the Schoolrooms. With the assistance of the rest of the Committee/Directors, Fiona organises various fundraising events for the Schoolrooms.


Richard Jones BSc, ACA: Treasurer

Richard is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with KPMG on the island. Together with Alison he is a Shareholder and is Managing Director of the two accounting services businesses detailed under Alison Jones above, namely Hanover Resources Limited, and Cains Accounting Services Limited.

He is also CEO of Gibbs Amphibians Limited, Director of Flat Technologies Limited, Sydney, Director of Downtown Music Inc, New York, in addition to involvement in a number of other underlying structures for clients.

His voluntary roles include Commissioner of Patrick, and Chairman of the Western Civic Amenity Site.


Elspeth Griffiths B.Sc. MRICS: Committee Member/Trustee

Initially obtaining a degree in Land Economics and becoming a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Elspeth became Property Acquisitions Manager for Halfords. Elspeth subsequently took a with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (MBACP) and, since having her children and moving to the Island, is now a self-employed counsellor.

Elspeth and her husband, Peter, have just finished building their home in Patrick, with Elspeth overseeing the Project Management.

Her voluntary roles include teaching gardening at St Johns Primary School. Elspeth is also very involved in fundraising events for the Schoolrooms.


Sara Hogg: Committee Member/Trustee

Sara is a former residential social worker, however for the last 18 years Sara has been home educating her five children who are diagnosed as gifted and dyslexic (known as twice exceptional children).

Sara and her family now live just the other side of Peel having been unable to buy a house in Patrick, but are former residents of Ballcallin House, Patrick. Sara has been heavily involved in developing the Patrick Allotments and assisting in clearing, organising and planting the Patrick Community orchard this year. She is also very involved in fundraising events for the Schoolrooms.


Graham McAll MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCSEd MRCGP: Committee Member/Trustee

After seven years helping commission a new medical school in Malaysia as a surgeon and head of the Department of Surgery, Graham returned to the UK with his Manx wife Jenny and their four children. For 19 years he was a GP in city centre Sheffield, and selected and trained GP registrars. He is now a locum GP at Peel Medical Centre and at other surgeries. He is on the Advisory Board of Manx Bird Life. He has been involved in the development and running of the Patrick allotments and various events in the Schoolrooms.