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In 1891 some 35 per cent of the Manx population was living in Douglas, placing additional demands on the town. The Douglas Municipal Corporation Act of 1895 provided for the election of 18 councillors for the town’s six wards with six aldermen elected by the councillors. This legislation enabled the formation of the Municipal Borough of Douglas in 1896.

The first Mayor of Douglas was Alderman Thomas Keig JP, a cabinet maker and amateur astronomer who helped pioneer photography in the Island. Since then 86 men and women have served the Borough as Mayor. 


For the 2018-2019 municipal year the holder of the office is His Worship the Mayor of Douglas Councillor Jonathan Joughin JP who is supported by his wife, Angela, as Mayoress of Douglas.


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The couple have two children, Emma and Myles.


Born in Edinburgh but an Isle of Man resident for more than 54 years, His Worship was a postman for 31 years and co-owned Peel Post Office with his wife for 11 years.


A councillor for five years, he has also served as an MHK for Douglas East. As a councillor for Victoria Ward he served as vice-chairman of the Environmental Services committee and of the Pensions committee where he was able to draw on his wealth of experience from his time as a trustee of the Isle of Man Post Office Pensions Committee.


When contemplating his year in office as Mayor of Douglas he said: ‘I believe now is the right time for me to serve as Mayor. Having been a councillor for some years I’ve worked with a number of Mayors, so have an understanding of the role.


‘I want to be a “hands-on” Mayor and connect with as wide a cross section of the community as possible. Together with Angela as my constant support we make a good team and we intend to use the Mayor’s parlour and Council chamber as a setting in which to welcome people of all generations and from all walks of life. In this way we hope to learn more about what they do and promote the good work of the Council. I believe it’s also important to reach out to the business community and encourage investors to recognise the capital’s potential as a centre of enterprise.’


Away from his mayoral duties His Worship enjoys rugby and has a collection of vintage British motorbikes.


The Mayoress is Manx born and attended Park Road School. After her children were born she continued her A levels at the then Isle of Man College, studying for law and banking examinations. Much of her professional life was spent in the finance sector where she worked principally in compliance for a number of high street banks. A change of career direction saw her become co-owner with her husband, His Worship, of Peel Post Office where she was postmistress for 11 years.


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She became a volunteer at Kensington Road youth club, first encouraging children to attend and later working with teenagers. She went on to provide one-to-one learning support to mature students, which she continues to do at University College Isle of Man. She is also a member of the Department of Home Affairs’ Independent Monitoring Board, the body which monitors the day-to-day life within the Isle of Man Prison, remains involved in charity work and enjoys travel, dog walking and painting.


The Mayor and Mayoress have selected three charities to benefit from the 2018-2019 mayoral charity appeal: SSAFA Isle of Man in commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War One; the Rotary Club of Douglas, of which His Worship is a member; and Special Olympics Isle of Man, with which the Mayor and Mayoress have close links, following the loss of a family member who died while competing in South Korea in 2013.


The Mayor and Mayoress are supported by Councillor Ian Clague MBE, who serves as Deputy Mayor and his wife, Sue, as Deputy Mayoress. The Mayor’s Chaplain is Monsignor John Devine, OBE.

Last modified on Wednesday, 09 May 2018 12:10