Ed Widdowson and Alastair Macphie landscape

Source: Macphie

Ed Widdowson and Alastair Macphie

Ed Widdowson has been promoted to the role of site director at Scottish bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie.

The role will see Widdowson, who is nephew of current chairman Alastair Macphie, become the fourth generation to represent the family on the company’s board of directors.

Previously manager of operations, Widdowson joined Macphie in 2017 as head of sales after spending eight years working in sales and marketing for Procter & Gamble brands including Gillette, Pampers and Oral B before becoming head of UK sales for Duracell. In his new position, he will oversee the development of Macphie’s Aberdeenshire manufacturing facility in line with commercial ambitions and growing sustainability agenda, the company said.

“Ed brings fresh enthusiasm to our leadership team and I’m delighted to see the next generation of our family supporting the growth of this business,” chairman Macphie said. “He has been instrumental in driving our business forward over the last two years against an assortment of challenges.

“Ed has also been a key player in maintaining our status as a B Corporation and is committed to driving sustainable, profitable growth that provides jobs and wealth in the local area. With Ed’s commercial background, drive for operational excellence, and passion for the local community, he brings a strong, diverse skillset to our board under the direction of CEO Andy Stapley,” Macphie added.

Widdowson said it was “privilege” to be part of the family business and contribute to its “growing success”.

“Having worked with various teams since joining, I have gained invaluable experience of the way we do things, and the dedicated people behind the scenes who make it all happen,” he added. “I’m delighted to join the board and look forward to what this new role has in store for me.”