Dr Boyd Tunnock CBE



Boyd is the Chairman and Managing Director of Thomas Tunnock Limited, which produces the iconic snowballs, caramel wafers, caramel logs and Tunnock’s teacakes famous in the UK and worldwide. He is the grandson of the founder of Tunnock’s, Thomas Tunnock. Other than the two years he spent in national service, he has worked in the family business since the age of 15.

Boyd took over the post of managing director in 1981 following the death of his father, Archie. At the age of 83, he is still very active with the day-to-day operations with his daughter and son-in-law and still arrives at the factory every morning at 8am, spending most of his time there.

The company was established in 1890 by Thomas Tunnock and has an annual turnover of over £54m and over 550 employees. Tunnock’s Teacakes featured in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Outwith work, Boyd has been Chairman since 1981 of Malin Court Housing Association in Ayrshire, a home for elderly people. He is also chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for the West of Scotland and has held the same position on the Lifeboats of the Clyde Appeal committee. He is an elder in the Church of Scotland.

Boyd was awarded an MBE in 1987 for services to exports, and also a CBE in 2004 for services to charity.

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