Orla Hughes

Commercial Manager Europe, Portwest

A photographic portrait of Orla Hughes

Orla Hughes is Commercial Manager for Europe at Portwest, an international workwear company that specializes in the design and manufacture of protective clothing, safety footwear, work gloves and personal protective equipment.

Portwest was founded in 1904 by Charles Hughes, Orla’s great-grand-uncle. Currently led by the third generation of the Hughes family, Portwest has transformed from a local drapery to a global manufacturer. The company trades in more than 130 countries, continues to grow at over 20% per annum and now employs 3,700 people.

Prior to joining the business in 2017, Orla spent more than four years in Germany working to promote Irish trade and in the European chemical industry. Orla, her cousins James and Cathal, and her brother Henry and sister Stephanie make up the fourth generation to join the family business.

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