Victorian Plumbing have that announced Stephnie Judge will take over from Mark Radcliffe as Managing Director this March.
Judge, who joined the company as an Office Administrator and PA to Mark Radcliffe in 2013, has been promoted from the position of General Manager, where she oversaw operations, logistics and personnel, playing a key part in the business’ consecutive years of growth and profit.
The change, which also sees Radcliffe move into a Chairman role for the business, ‘comes at a time when the brand is in rude health’ according to a press release issued by the brand, having become the market leader for bathroom retail in 2019 after posting revenue of £151m and a profit of £10.1m.
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Victorian Plumbing have suggested that Judge’s appointment as Managing Director is a welcome change to the industry, a sector that is dominated by male leaders. It added that her ‘rise through the company’s ranks’ also demonstrates the brand’s commitment to nurtured talent, opting to promote from within and reward those who have come to share and grow the brand’s values and vision.
Judge said: ‘After seven rewarding years with Victorian Plumbing, I’m delighted to be stepping into the role of Managing Director. I’m grateful for the faith that the company has shown in promoting from within and the new role feels like a natural progression after years of becoming increasingly involved with the strategy of the business.
‘2019 was a great year for the company and a testament to the hard work of our staff. Continuing the consecutive years of growth and profitability is a trend that I intend to oversee as Managing Director.’
Radcliffe added: “Over the last two years I have stepped back from the business and Stephnie naturally started getting involved in more and more decisions regarding business strategy and direction.”
‘I have never felt more comfortable about someone taking on this important role, having worked so closely with me over the years she has developed an almost mirror image of my thinking and approach. Stephnie has been an integral part of our success story, and I am confident she will continue to drive the business forward with the same passion.”