David Wertheim is an international businessman, having lived and worked in the UK, Europe
and the USA as well as having active business interests in Australia, Africa and Asia. He has
held senior roles in a wide range of businesses, primarily chemicals, energy, transport and
logistics. He moved to the Isle of Man with his family in 2007. He has held non-executive
Board positions in the private, public and charity sectors. These have included the Halle
Orchestra, the Royal Mint, the NW Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Culture
He has a strong interest in the arts, especially visual arts and music, as well as conservation.
Since moving to the Isle of Man he has co-organised and sponsored a number of significant
loaned art exhibitions. These include three relating to WW2 internee artists at the Sayle
Gallery, Douglas: "Forced Journeys, Artists in Exile in Britain 1933 – 1945" (with the Ben Uri
Gallery, London, 2010); "Ernst Eisenmayer - Art Beyond Exile." (with the University of
Kingston, 2012); and "Kurt Schwitters – Responses to Place" (with the University of
Kingston, and assistance from Tate Modern and the Sprengel Museum, 2013), which was
the first IOMAC supported event during Island of Culture: 2014. In 2015 he helped organise
the exhibition: "Secret Treasures: Modern British and Irish Art on the Isle of Man" (together
with Christie's, London) at the Manx Museum. He was instrumental in introducing "Live
screening" to the Isle of Man by arranging for performances from the Royal Opera House
starting in 2013 at the Studio Theatre, Ballakermeen. He has also worked with the Rushen
Heritage Trust in researching and helping organise the two "Friend or Foe" exhibitions in
Port Erin in 2016/17 profiling the history of the Rushen Internment Camp during WW2.
David holds master's degrees in science, business and economics from the Universities of
Cambridge and Pennsylvania.
Joined the Arts Council in 2010