The Team

Jem Ham, MD & Brewer

Jem gained over 15 years brewing experience before founding Cheddar Ales in 2006.

Jem Ham Cheddar Ales MD

Simon Baker, Drayman

Simon joined Cheddar Ales in 2014 having worked in the delivery trade in and around Bristol.

Simon Baker Cheddar Ales


Dennis Weir, Brewer

Dennis joined us in December 2021 as a brewing apprentice. A local lad who has had a broad variety of jobs, from the Services to labouring with plenty of experience within the hospitality sector.



Catherine Nicholson, Office Manager

Catherine has worked in sales with national and international brewers and wholesalers for over a decade. She joined Cheddar Ales in 2015.

Matt Wilkins, Taproom Manager

Matt joined the team in January 2024 following many years within the industry. Previously a musician for 10 years and a founder member of The Laylines!



Joe Chard, Taproom Assistant

Joe has been part of the Taproom team since 2020.