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Westport House CEO resigns from high profile position


MOVING ON Tim Husbands, who was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Westport House and Hotel Westport last November, has left the position after only eight months in the job. Pic: Keith Heneghan

Michael Duffy

TIM HUSBANDS, the highly regarded CEO of the Westport House and Estate development, has resigned from the position after only eight months in the job.
The shock news was announced this morning in a statement released by both Mr Husbands and the Hughes family, who bought the house and estate from the Browne family in early 2017.
Mr Husbands has cited delays in the advancement of the Westport House project as the reason for his resignation, and he now plans to seek more immediate opportunities with the wider tourism industry in Ireland.
“Delays in the advancement of the project have resulted in a longer lead-in period than we had initially predicted. I have completed as much preparatory work as I can on the project and the time is right for me to seek more immediate opportunities,” said Mr Husbands in his statement.
“The Westport House and Estate Project is in the very best of hands with the Hughes family and their senior management team, who I have very much enjoyed working with. The Estate is primed to become the leading leisure and business destination in the west of Ireland, especially with the significant increase in both domestic and international tourists in the area. I wish the Hughes (family) and all the team the very best with the project and thank them for the opportunity to play an early role in the Westport Estate story.”
The Hughes family said they are indebted to Mr Husbands for his hugely valuable strategic input on the project at such a crucial stage.
“Unfortunately project delays are part and parcel of life when undertaking significant renovations on an Estate that is steeped in history and heritage. We wish Tim every success in the future. We are now considering the organisational needs of the project and will begin a fresh recruitment process immediately. Our senior team remain fully committed to delivering the very best visitor experiences across all our Westport Estate businesses and we look forward to updating on Estate developments very soon,” said the Hughes family statement.


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