A cross sector food, tourism and
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23 & 24 April 2018 – National University of Ireland, Galway

Tim Husbands

With strong strategic expertise and a proven track-record, Tim has been working in the economic development and tourism industry for over 30 years, initially in London and Edinburgh, then in Belfast and now in Westport, Co. Mayo. He has gained significant experience in launching, delivering and managing signature venues and events alike.

Appointed Chief Executive Officer for Westport House and Hotel Westport in November 2017, Tim is responsible for the management of the businesses and strategic projects, the leadership and direction of the operational teams, overseeing the marketing strategies, the management, and reporting of all financial affairs of the businesses, and meeting the long-term objectives for the business. His aim is to build a leading, recognisable international brand and destination at the historic house and to build visitor numbers to 1 million per annum.

As Chief Executive of TBL International, Tim was responsible for the launch of the world’s largest Titanic experience. With Tim at the helm, the internationally renowned world-class visitor attraction and team has continued to go from strength to strength. It has welcomed close to 3 million visitors from over 145 countries, hosting over 1,000 business and leisure events including the G8 summit reception, the World Police & Fire Games International Conference, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and MTV Sounds, as well as generating over £105million to the wider economy in its first three years of operation.

In the last year alone, TBL International Ltd has successfully added three new venues to its operations portfolio in addition to Titanic Belfast – SS Nomadic (April 2015), the last remaining White Star Line vessel, the Titanic Exhibition Centre (September 2015) and the British Music Experience, Liverpool (April 2016).

Over the past 25 years, Tim has played a significant role in the transformation of Belfast to a confident and vibrant destination of choice for both leisure and business tourists. In roles including Managing Director of Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and the Ulster Hall, Head of City Events and Venues at Belfast City Council, as well as Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast, he has worked at raising Belfast’s profile as a city for events on a national and international stage. In these roles he has been responsible for securing the Tall Ships Festival in 2009 and the MTV Music Awards in 2011.

In 2014 Tim’s services to Economic Development and Tourism were recognised at the highest level, when he was awarded an MBE by H.M. The Queen.

Prior to his career in Belfast, Tim was Managing Director of the Riviera Centre in Torquay and concurrently at the English Riviera Conference Bureau, where he was responsible for generating both profile and business for not the only Riviera Centre but for the region as a whole. Previously he managed venues in Blackburn, Folkestone and The Dome in Doncaster, which at the time was the UK’s largest indoor leisure facility with leisure pools, a two level ice rink, health suites, and a concert hall.

Tim also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Visit Belfast Board, is a board member of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), Windsor Park National Stadium and is a member of the Institute of Directors. He also served on the Board of the Tall Ships festival in 2015 and was previously a board member at the MAC, one of Northern Ireland’s leading art venues.

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