General manager to leave Botanic Park

Andrew Guthrie takes post in UK

After
15 years as general manager of the Queen
Elizabeth II
Botanic Park,
Andrew Guthrie is resigning as of 31 May.

Mr.
Guthrie will be taking up the post of garden manager for
the Royal Horticultural Society’s botanical garden – Wisley
Gardens, just outside of London, UK. 

Gilbert
Connolly, chief executive officer of the Tourism Attractions
Board, thanked Mr. Guthrie for his hard work in Cayman.

“During
his 15 years of service with the Botanic Park, Andrew has been instrumental in
managing and guiding its development from a small project to a world class
Botanic Park. At all times, he has been a professional, committed and simply an
outstanding employee,” Mr. Connolly said.  

“On
behalf of the board, I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation
to Andrew for all his hard work and contribution to the Botanic Park. While we
are disappointed at losing a key employee like Andrew, we also wish him success
in his new job.”

Mr.
Connolly also addressed the question of a new general manager for the 65-acre
attraction, which has become increasingly
popular with residents and tourists.

“The
process to find his replacement will be carefully reviewed and assessed by the
Tourism Attraction Board, in
collaboration with other stakeholders,” Mr. Connolly said.

“In
the interim, there are highly competent staff at the Queen Elizabeth
II Botanic
Park who will ensure that
it continues to operate in an efficient manner and without any disruptions
in the high standards of service which our customers have come to expect.”

Mr.
Guthrie acknowledged mixed feelings about leaving.  “I am looking forward to the new challenges
and experiences that this new position will afford me,” he said.

“However,
I will not forget my time and friends in Cayman and will look fondly on my time
here. I hope that you will continue to support the Queen Elizabeth
II Botanic
Park as it is a wonderful
and important institution with much to offer the community.”

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Mr. Guthrie
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