Tim Husbands, a prominent executive in Ireland's leisure and tourism industry over the past 25 years, has been appointed Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse. Husbands will take up the role in mid-January.
Husbands has played a significant role in transforming Belfast into a tourist destination as managing director of Belfast's Waterfront Hall and the Ulster Hall, head of city events and venues at Belfast City Council and chief executive of Titanic Belfast-in his latter role, Husbands was responsible for the launch of Northern Ireland's single largest capital investment in tourism. Husbands sits on the board of Failte Ireland is an enthusiastic follower of horse racing and other sports.
Outgoing Leopardstown CEO Pat Keogh took up the same role at The Curragh during the summer.
“I am delighted to accept the role as CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse and am really looking forward to working with the team there,” Husbands said. “Leopardstown is a racecourse which showcases the best of Irish racing, and hosts some of the most important racing events in the calendar.
“It is also a popular sports and leisure venue in a vibrant European capital city, and I am looking forward to bringing my experience in venue management to Leopardstown racecourse.
“The redevelopment of the site, which will be completed next year, will significantly improve Leopardstown as a racing facility and outgoing CEO Pat Keogh deserves great credit for the job he has done there.
“I am also looking forward to connecting with those individuals and businesses which already support Leopardstown throughout the year, meeting prospective new partners and making a positive contribution to the Irish racing industry.”