by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Titanic Belfast, the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, has confirmed Judith Owens’ appointment as Chief Executive. Judith Owens will take over the reins from Tim Husbands MBE as Titanic Belfast’s Chief Executive on 15th December 2017.

As Titanic Belfast’s Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive since before opening in 2012, Judith has been fundamental to the success of the award-winning tourist attraction looking after all front of house operations, including ticketing, events and the visitor experience, as well as recruitment, facilities management, learning and outreach programmes.

Alongside leading the operation of all signature events at Titanic Belfast, including BBC Sports Personality of the Year Red Carpet event, MTV Sounds and BBC Proms in the Park, Judith has also been integral in the business’ commercial development to include the operation of SS Nomadic (April 2015) and the Titanic Exhibition Centre (September 2015).

With her unrivalled knowledge of the tourism and events industry, Titanic Belfast has gone from strength to strength.

Prior to her role at Titanic Belfast, Judith was Head of Operations and House Manager at the Waterfront & Ulster Hall for 14 years. With experience spanning nearly three decades, Judith is one of the UK’s most experienced and established operational venue management professionals.

Welcoming the appointment, Conal Harvey, Deputy Chairman of Titanic Belfast Ltd, commented:

“We are delighted to appoint Judith Owens as Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast. Serving as Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive for over six years, Judith has been fundamental to our development, and has a wealth of strategic and operational knowledge. With her stakeholder relationships and unrivalled knowledge of events and Northern Ireland’s tourism industry, she is uniquely placed to lead Titanic Belfast’s strong management team into the next phase of our company’s development. We have ambitious plans to develop Titanic Belfast and its related activities so it continues to be recognised as a world leader in tourism and we know Judith’s experience will prove invaluable.”

Judith Owens said: “Having been at the forefront of Titanic Belfast’s development, I’m very proud of Titanic Belfast and everything it has achieved in its first five years, resulting in it being crowned the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards. I’m delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive and look forward to delivering in the next stage of the company’s development. Rest assured, we will continue to deliver our five star and world-class standards to visitors and clients alike.”


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