Online bathroom brand Victorian Plumbing has announced the appointment of Stephnie Judge as its new managing director.
She takes over from current MD Mark Radcliffe – the founder and owner of Victorian Plumbing – who will move into the role of chairman. Both changes are effective as of March 1.
Judge has been with the firm since 2013, joining as office administrator and PA to Radcliffe. Her business acumen and leadership skills were recognised in 2016, when she was promoted to the position of general manager, overseeing operations, logistics and personnel.
Her promotion to a top-level management position comes at a time when there has been much debate about the gender divide in the KBB industry.
Commenting on her promotion, 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 the company has shown in promoting from within and the new role feels like a natural progression after years of becoming increasingly involved in 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.”
The change in leadership coincides with a strong period of growth at the business. Last month, Victorian Plumbing revealed it had achieved record sales in 2019 of £151.7 million – an increase of 28% over the previous 12 months. It also reported that profits had also jumped 188.6% to £10.1m.
Radcliffe added: “Over the past two years, I 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.”