Welcome to.. The Isle of Man Future Foundation!

Our mission

The Isle of Man Future Foundation is a data-driven, multi-disciplinary Think Tank, dedicated to providing insights into the socio-economic challenges for our Island. With our members we act as a catalyst for new ideas and solutions, providing positive narratives, formulating recommendations for long-term future policies.



Drawing from the rich diversity of our member’s expertise, scientific research and stakeholder consultation, we are committed to a multi-dicsplinary approach when addressing the big questions of our home.



We provide holistically derived, data-driven socio-economic insights and solutions for a sustainable future of our Island.



The Three Legs of Man: Economy, Society and Ecology in sustainable balance. A globally embedded, thriving and resilient economy for the Island’s residents, in harmony with our natural recources and unique identity.


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The Isle of Man Futures Foundation is a Think Tank, dedicated to providing data-driven insights into the Island’s socio-economic challenges, providing fresh thoughts and researched concepts to seize future opportunities.

We are united by caring for our community and globally embedded Island nation and by our confidence that mankind has the intellectual and technical means for positive change. Research provides us with understanding and insight into the world around us, and readies us to tackle great societal, ecological and economic challenges.

With publications and position papers, blogs and discussions we provide new impulses for the dialogue on the political-industrial-public interface. We put observations into the context of global, systemic and long-term trends and formulate recommendations for long-term policies.

Organised as a members’ club, the Isle of Man Future Foundation provides a platform for its members and guest authors to research and publish ideas on the Island’s future directions as renowned experts. The variety of scientific and business backgrounds of our members enables us a multi-facetted view on today’s society and our challenges.

All publications and statements referenced and made available via the Isle of Man Future Foundation remain the intellectual property and liability of their respective authors. 

We are the Isle of Man


Dr Richard Arning​

Entrepreneur, scientist, engineer, manager, advisor

Bridging the worlds of blue chips and startups, science and markets, private and public sectors, Richard has built and exited startups as well as been long term engaged in multi-nationals. In executive functions for SES Satellites and for Airbus and representative in trade bodies he has worked with governments all across the globe. Richard has published and co-authored national strategies for growth in the technology sector, shaped and evaluated governmental financial support schemes in many countries and at EU level. As a resident of the Isle of Man Richard has built a Public Private Partnership working as an inward investment agency and is a board member of the Department for Enterprise Digital Agency. Richard lives in Ramsey, is an active sailor since teenage times and holds a doctor degree in aerospace engineering from the Technical University RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Professor Dr Roland Brandtjen


Professor Dr. Roland Brandtjen, M.E.S. is an economist and lecturer at campus of Germany's largest private univerity in Berlin, IUBH. He is working on the identity of semi-autonomous micro nations like the Crown Dependencies or Faroes Islands, building a data base via recurring online polls. Roland is teaching 'Managing in the global Economy' and 'International Economic Policy' among other subjects. He has worked and studied in Australia, Spain, Luxembourg and Germany. Professor Brandtjen earned his PhD with a doctorate on 'Europeanised Separatism on Micronations' researching the Isle of Man, and is a fellow alumnus of Dr. Arning of the RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Christoph Stroschein

Smart City Planner, Digitalisation Evangelist, Architect, Public Sector Consultant

Christoph Stroschein, Managing Director of the German Institute for System Innovation, consults and advises governments, regions and cities in policies, processes and structures on their digital transformation. His focus areas are smart community building, future mobility and green energy. Christoph was chairman of the DIN/DKE (German Institute for Standardisation) national strategy steering group for 'Smart Cities', a member of the German IT summit, and the IEC Systems Commitee Smart Cities. Having studied architecture in Berlin, Copenhagen and Milan, he developed the Masterplan for the metropoliton region of Berlin after the German reunification. Christoph consults metropolitan clusters and rural regions in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is author of the book series »Smart Berlin 2020«. The publication presents new technical approaches for building, energy, water and waste management, explaining the to be expected impact of digitalisation. It also explains, how digitalisation can help to bridge insular or silo solutions of the various public administration bodies. Christoph, who lives in Berlin and Switzerland, has visited the Isle of Man and is looking forward to his next trip.

Sharon Sutton


Having founded Thornton in 2000, Sharon Sutton became the island’s first Chartered Financial Planner in 2009 and was UK President of the Personal Finance Society for the year 2017/18 having been first elected to the board in 2012. She was awarded the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Award ‘Building Public Trust in Life and Pensions in 2019 for her work in leading the PFS Financial Planners Practitioner panel (2017 to date). Born in the Isle of Man, Sharon is passionate about her island home and investing back in their island community having supported a number of the island’s up and coming sportspeople, and various local charities.

Professor Dr Adam Beaumont

Entrepreneur, Investor, Environmentalist, Philanthropist

As a consistent innovator and technologist with a strong cyber security background, Adam Beaumont is the Founder and CEO of trusted communications specialist, aql and CEO of Isle of Man based telecommunications company, BlueWave. He is also the driving force behind establishing both IXLeeds, a fully independent internet exchange outside London and the Isle of Man’s first and only internet exchange, ManxIX. An active angel investor, Adam founded not-for-profit investment platform, NorthInvest which propels co-investment in tech start-ups across the North of the UK. Adam’s passion for future technology and its positive impact on the economy and society was recognised by the Maserati 100 to which he became a member in 2019. He is also an ex-lecturer at the University of Leeds and supports its students through an awards scheme to promote the next generation scientists and technologists, The Beaumont Awards and offers scholarships for underprivileged students. As a devoted environmentalist, he is a Trustee of the Eden Project and non-executive board director of Eden Project International Ltd (EPIL). Adam is also the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia championing trade and close relations with the country in Yorkshire and Humber, North East England, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and the Isle of Man.

Dr Simon Collister

Strategic Consultant & BUSINESS LEADER

An accomplished strategy consultant and business leader with fifteen years’ experience, Simon has designed and delivered transformational brand, marketing and media strategies for global clients. He has a strong track record of setting strategic vision up to board level and driving complex, international projects to completion across a broad range of sectors from multi-national corporations and global consumer brands to government departments, inter-governmental bodies and international NGOs. Combined with this professional expertise, Simon holds a PhD in political science and has lectured at universities around the world and published several books and articles on politics, strategic communications, media and technology. He has given guest talks for the UK’s Foreign Office and NATO’s ‘Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence’. Originally from Ramsey, Simon is currently UK-based.

Paul Craine

BA MA MPHIL NPQH FRGS, Author of the Isle of Man Population Atlas

Paul Craine BA MA MPhil NPQH FRGS graduated in Geography from Liverpool University and was awarded a university studentship to undertake research on the topic of population and taxation in the Isle of Man. He was an Assistant Headteacher and later became the Island’s Co-ordinating Adviser for Secondary Education. He is an experienced GCSE senior examiner and reviser, a qualified secondary headteacher and a trained Ofsted inspector. Paul's involvement in the local community in the Isle of Man has ranged from Chair of the Island Games Association of Mann to Chairman of Marown Commissioners, He has intensively researched the Isle of Man demographic challenges, published the Isle of Man Population Atlas in 2016 and maintains his interest in the Island’s population through his website https://iompopulationatlas.paulcraine.im He is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and is in demand (Covid-19 permitting) for presentations and interviews on population and climate change in the Isle of Man.

Martin Sewell


An experienced and professional marketer, Martin Sewell has held senior executive positions in a wide range of retail, consumer and service businesses. He has developed brands, communications strategies, and distribution channels for retailers, financial services and hospitality. Martin founded the Retail Management Centre at The Chartered Institute of Marketing and Marketing Initiatives Limited, an organisation providing consultancy and coaching advice to a wide range of businesses in over 30 countries and with 50 nationalities. Martin is a change agent ideally suited to provide pragmatic and implementable consultancy advice from a strategic and technical perspective. His clients around the world include retailers, airlines, National Tourist Organisations), IT and FMCG companies. Formally trained in strategic marketing at Templeton College, Oxford, he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketers and a Freeman of the City of London. For the Isle of Man charity ‘Sailing for the Disabled’ Martin devotes time and energy as a Volunteer-Skipper.



A New Economic Model for the Isle of Man? 

Richard Arning & Martin Sewell, 2019

Isle of Man Population Atlas

Paul Craine, 2019

An Analysis of the Isle of Man and the Faroe Islands

Roland Brandtjen, 2019

Economic Impact Study, Ramsey Bay Marina

Richard Arning & Martin Sewell, 2019

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