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All the best: Tim Husbands on his favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 58-year-old is the chief executive of Titanic Belfast. He is married to Emer and they have three sons, Daniel (29), Jamie (24) and Jake (21).

My best moment

A couple of years ago I was very proud to have a mention in the Queen's New Year Honours list when I was awarded an MBE for services to tourism and the economy. It was important on a personal level, for myself and my family, but also for Titanic Belfast and the 17 years I had spent at the Waterfront and Ulster halls. Titanic Belfast was also recently recognised as the Leading Visitor Attraction at the World Tourism Awards - less than five years after opening.

My best song

Anything by Van Morrison is great and David Bowie's Let's Dance is up there. My most recent is Sounds Of Silence by Disturbed.

My best way to relax

Without a shadow of a doubt it's playing sport. It's the only time I get completely immersed in something, so I can't think about anything else - be it tennis, football or even golf.

My best job

It has to be here at Titanic Belfast, because of the change it's brought to Belfast and the role it's had in positioning the city on the international stage. I get a great buzz at being able to play a part in the wider scheme of things. I think the Waterfront did the same thing 20 years ago and it's great to be involved in projects which help to change the landscape.

My best advice

A Polish entrepreneur recently told me to surround myself with people who talk about visions and ideas, not about other people. It's also a good idea not to fix the present, but create the future.

My best movie

As a film buff with a degree in history of art, design and films, I know every frame of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. I hadn't seen Titanic when I got the job here, but made sure I saw it afterwards.

My best gift

My wife Emer gave me a Burberry watch which is much admired. I'm a stickler for time so it's also useful.

My best achievement

Having my three very big, decent sons. They're all good lads, although I won't say they haven't given me any headaches, but they're all doing well for themselves and are great guys. I also consider working in Northern Ireland an accomplishment as I came here in 1994 and worked at Belfast City Council.

My best buy

I'm a hoarder, so I collect things. I like whiskey - Irish, of course, but Japanese more so these days - and clothes because they can create an impression. I also have many, many pairs of shoes that all get worn. Original artwork is another passion and I love my Terry Bradley image and one of the Lake District.

My best book

Ian Rankin can do no wrong for me in terms of the Rebus books but it was William Golding's Lord of the Flies which started me reading when I was at school. I discovered Japanese novels 15 years ago after a visit there - the most recent one I've read is Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama.

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