Thursday 12th October 2023
Showground, Wadebridge

Rodda’s welcomes new director from Samworth Brothers

Award-winning director from Samworth Brothers joins Rodda’s.

Mark Duddridge, who previously held the position of group executive board director at Samworth Brothers, is this week becoming director at Rodda’s. He has over 19 years’ experience in maximising growth for both branded and own label products, resulting in increased profits for businesses and brands including Tamar Foods, Ginsters and Melton Foods.

Managing Director of Rodda’s, Nicholas Rodda, said, “We are delighted to welcome Mark to the board. His significant experience and visionary approach will add tremendous value to the business. Now in our 125th year, such a significant recruitment will help drive the business forward for generations to come.”

The new director, Mark Duddridge, brings with him a wealth of experience and strategic, operational and commercial influence, driving effective productive change whilst assuring good governance.

Mark is also chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, a trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, one of the Duke of Cornwall’s charities; a trustee of Chicks (Countryside Holidays for Inner City Kids) with centres in Cornwall and Devon, and has been chair of governors at Callington Community College since 2012.

This appointment takes place as Philip Rodda steps down as chairman on 31st December after more than 33 years of service and therefore additional expertise is required for the board.

Nicholas added, “We wish Philip Rodda every success in his retirement. Following a five year campaign Philip helped Rodda’s achieve Protected Food name status for Cornish clotted cream in 1998 a prestigious EU status which now guarantees the authenticity of Cornish clotted cream for consumers. His peers hold him in the highest regard and his inspirational leadership has played a pivotal role in driving the business to become renowned across the world since being founded by our great grandmother in 1890.”