Mark Robertson - Founder & Chair of the Board
Mark moved to North Northumberland in 1973 to experience a quality of life and all the joys that come with being a farmer. In fact it was a lot of hard work! He began making ewe’s milk cheese as a farm diversification and to satisfy his fundamental belief that we should create wealth from the primary resources around us. The move to the Blagdon estate reflects Mark’s ambition to reach more customers and be part of the fine food scene that was developing in Newcastle. He now enjoys the culture and buzz of living in Newcastle and is a keen participant of both types of yoga; Hatha and Iyengar.
Mark's Favourite Cheese
My favourite cheese at this time of year is Reiver with its robust aroma of autumn leaves. Reiver is a mould-ripened hard cow’s cheese with a complexity of flavours that develop and last on your palate.
Jackie Riley - Managing Director
Jackie joined Northumberland Cheese in 2003 having previously worked for the Real Soup Company. She was quickly thrown in at the deep end and shown how to make cheese by Mark himself. As our new Managing Director as of January 2014, Jackie has ambitious plans for the future of Northumberland Cheese Company, so watch this space!
Her busy schedule managing the company does not faze Jackie, who strives for excellence and tackles any challenge head on. At the weekends, Jackie can be found out and about exploring the countryside with her little monster, Joe and her big monster, Peter.
Jackies` Favourite Cheese
My favourite cheese is Brinkburn. It is mellow and nutty with flavours of Brazil nuts and coconut, delicious!
Martin - Production Manager
Martin joined us in 2004 after 24 years as a chef for the Royal Navy. His passion for making cheese has stemed from his belief in going back to basics and producing local food by hand. You can find Martin tending to the cheese vats; molding, monitoring and testing the cheese in the production stage to ensure that each batch is as perfect as the last. He is also our chief experimentor and enjoys testing recipes for new and innovative cheeses e.g. Blagdon Blue which he developed in 2010. After his early mornings in the dairy it is suprising that Martin has enough energy to spend time with his dog Forrest and his 3 favourite girls; Trisha, Sophie and Amy.
Martins' Favourite Cheese
I think it has to be Cheviot - strong, mature and ginger, just like me!!
Ann-Louise - Office Manager
Graduating from Sunderland University Business School in 2005, Ann-Louise joined the team to develop the shop side of Northumberland Cheese. Visit our shop now and you will find a wide array of unique and local gifts, food and art. She uses her creative eye to source the best products out there to complement our wide selection of cheese. When she is not in the shop you will find Ann-Lou organising the many farmers markets we attend and making sure as many customers as possible get to enjoy our fabulous cheeses. Ann Lou spends her spare time doting on her new kitten, Sid, or going for long walks on the beach with hubby, Chris.
Ann-Louise's Favourite Cheese
My favourite cheese is our Garlic. It's nice and creamy and goes great with homemade garlic bread and cheese or as a topping on a lasagne. In the cold winter months, a warm hearty lasagne with Garlic Cheese is just what you need!
Bethany - Sales & Marketing Manager
Bethany joined the team in 2013, after living and teaching in Malawi for three months. Bethany looks after the Sales and Marketing for Northumberland Cheese, developing the distribution of our products nationwide, managing customer accounts and meeting chefs from the North East’s top restaurants.
If you are a new business looking for a cheese supplier she is waiting for your call. A lover of nature, Bethany enjoys spending her free time walking in the countryside with boyfriend Michael, tending to her allotment and is an active force in Newcastle’s thriving foodie scene.
Bethany's Favourite Cheese
I like slices of Blagdon Blue on a crisp oat cracker with red grapes, and some walnuts or pecans if I have some. The soft, creamy, salty Blagdon Blue goes perfectly with the sharpness of the grapes and the snap of the cracker! Lovely jubbly.
Ann - Cheese Loft Café
Ann is our longest serving member of the coffee shop team having worked here for 11 years. She can be seen beavering away in the kitchen baking all sorts of mouth watering cakes as well as cheese soup, tomato soup and quiches. Her passion however is cheese scones where she strives for perfection with every batch. Always willing to help and serving with a smile Ann is a valuable member of the team. When not at work, Ann can be found either riding a bike or climbing a mountain but not at the same time!