Durkan seeks HML assurances after top level resignations

Derry’s MP Mark Durkan says he has been told the resignation of two of HML’s most senior figures will have little impact on the firm’s call centre in the city.

Mr Durkan says he spoke with HML management after it was announced yesterday that the company’s Chief Executive Brian Brodie and the Chief Commercial and Finance Officer, Neil Warman, have left their posts.

“They sought to assure me that this announcement has no direct or consequent implications for HML’s employment levels in Derry,” Mr Durkan said last night.

The city’s MP said it was vital Derry staff were kept informed of the implications of the resignations.

“I reflected that local staff would be made anxious by such developments which bring uncertainty and could generate adverse speculation. The company told me that they would be undertaking communication measures with their workforce as well as with local representative interests. ”

Mr Durkan said he has been told the company would be liaising with InvestNI and that their interim Chief Executive would be visiting the Derry call centre in the near future.

Since March of last year HML has shed more than 500 jobs across its operations.