Rod’s career has seen him shape some of top high street names in the UK, culminating with his position as CEO of Welcome Break. Rod started his career as a kitchen manager at TGI Friday, quickly rising through the ranks to become Operations Manager. As Operations Director at Prêt a Manager, Rod oversaw the growth of the business from 14 to 85 units across the UK, and as Managing Director of Coffee Republic he oversaw a similar 3-year expansion programme growing the business in the UK from 16 units to over 90 units.
In 2001 Rod joined Welcome Break and in 2005 became Chief Executive Officer. He has since overseen a business improvement programme including the introduction of leading brands such as Waitrose, Starbucks, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Harry Ramsden’s, Tossed and Papa John’s.