Owners and MDs

1849 - The Twyfords Sanitaryware Company is established  


1849 - 1872    Thomas Twyford (Father)

Thomas Twyford from an oil painting
date unknown


1872 - 1921    Thomas William Twyford (Son)

Thomas William Twyford in 1912


1921 - 1935    J T Webster

J T Webster

1935 - 1949    E H Bailey (Stayed on as Chairman after retiring as MD in 1948/9)

E H Bailey in 1924

1949 - 1967    Jack R T Hay

Jack R T Hay


1967 - 1971*    Harry F H Barclay (first appointed to the Board in 1962, then Assistant MD in 1964 and Joint MD in 1965)

Harry F H Barclay in 1966


1971 - Change of ownership. Twyford becomes part of Reed International - Building Products division.

1971* - 1976*    Norman Richards

1976* - 1985*    Geoffrey M Yates


1985 - Change of ownership. Management Buyout.  Caradon formed.

1985 - 1987    Les Tench

1987 - 1989    Alan Heeks


1989 - Change of ownership. M.B.Group, who own Stelrad Doulton, purchase Caradon. 

1989 - 1989    Tim Walker

1989 - 28 May 1993   Nigel Worne


1993- Change of ownership.  MB Caradon acquired by Pillar Group.

5 July 1993 - 1994     Gavin McLean (Chris Kitching, Deputy MD)

1995 - 1999    Ray Young


1998 - Caradon Plumbing Solutions launched as a new trading company.

1999 - 2000    Naomi Thomas


2000 Nov - Change of ownership.  Caradon Plumbing Solutions purchased by HSBC Private Equity.

2000 - 2002    Mark Pickering


2001 Jan - Change of ownership. HSBC sold Twyford Bathrooms to the SANITEC Corporation of Helsinki, Finland.

2001 Jul - Change of ownership. Sanitec aquired by BC Partners.

2002 - 2007    Alan Brown


2005 Apr - Change of ownership. Sanitec acquired by EQT Private Equity.

2007 - 2011    Michael Conlon


August 2011 - Twyford's Alsager factory ceases production

2011 - 2014   John Blackburn - General Manager

2014 - 2015 April  Brent Hudson - General Manager


2015 Feb - Change of ownership. Sanitec merges with Geberit who purchase all Sanitec stock

7 April 2015 -         Mark Larden MD



 OWNERSHIP of the Company  
First 122 years - 2 owners
Last 30 years - 10 owners


 MANAGEMENT of the Company  
First 127 years - 6 Managing Directors
Last 15 years - 6 Managing Directors


DATES*  Need confirming


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