Hello, I'm Ben Heath. A 34 year old company director from Peel. I own and run Harbour Lights restaurants with my parents and I am married to Emily (née Killey) a nurse at Nobles Hospital. We have two young children who will grow up in Peel and this is my first time standing for local election. I have put myself forward to serve as a commissioner as I believe I will be a sensible voice for our community. I want to ensure that over the coming years, as more responsibilities are farmed out from central government to local authorities, that we have the right board of representatives making the right choices for Peel.
As a newcomer to local politics I would be keen to hear your thoughts and concerns and will always make myself available to hear what you have to say about the place in which we live.
A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
I moved here in 1997 and continued my education at Queen Elizabeth II High School. I stayed on to do A-levels and soon after I was offered a place at the Manx Multimedia Centre, a training facility based in Mill Road, Peel, funded by the Department of Trade and Industry. I was trained in all aspects of media to such a high standard that after completing my training I was then offered a job at the BBC on their flagship drama EastEnders. I started out as a runner and quickly worked my way up to Assistant Director. I spent 8 years working in London on that particular soap and other films and television dramas behind the scenes. The work was varied and it required creative vision and strong logistical management. Some days I would be directing actors or reading lines off camera and other days I would be managing budgets and dealing with the council about parking suspensions or child actors licenses.
I decided to move back to the island permanently in 2006 which is when I took up a lot more responsibility within the family business. We had one restaurant in Peel which had been a great success so we decided to open another branch in Ramsey. After that was established more branches followed in Port St Mary and Douglas, and most recently, The Sefton Hotel. I spend my days overseeing all aspects of the business from running the payroll and the administration to managing the I.T systems and the social media.
In my spare time I enjoy amateur dramatics. I started out with the Peel Pantoloons and I have fantastic memories of rehearsals at the Centenary Centre (long before the refurbishment, although I have to say I'm really proud of what it has become today). I have been in a few productions at the Gaiety Theatre and have sat on the MADF (Manx Amatuer Dramatics Federation) committee as treasurer, which is aimed at promoting theatrical arts for all ages on the Island.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and I hope you can be persuaded to come out and vote on the 28th of April.