Our People

 

Mike Roberts mbe

Founder, Director & Winemaker

Mike is a co-founder of Ridgeview Wine Estate and is the Chairman of the English Wine Producers.  The success of Ridgeview is a realisation of Mike’s vision through the tireless effort of everyone who works here and the Estate enables Mike to bring together three great passions in his life – business, wine and his family.
  

 

 

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Chris Roberts

Founder & Director

Chris co-founded Ridgeview with Mike and has taken on a variety of roles within the business, and is now in charge of the Estate, its management, maintenance and expansion. Chris has a unique eye for detail and problem solving so a new challenge or project is always welcome. Any spare time that Chris has is taken up with her passion for art and her (and Mike’s) four grandsons.

 

 

 

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Simon Roberts

Winery and Production Manager & Director

A natural winemaker with a skilled palate, Simon likes minimal intervention as a Winemaker and would rather let the grapes speak for themselves. Simon gained experience in Australia at Brown Bros Winery where he met his wife Mardi and he is responsible for the day to day winemaking at Ridgeview with a fantastic team.  In his spare time Simon can be found coming up with culinary creations in the kitchen. 

 

 

 

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Tamara Roberts

Chief Executive Officer

As Tamara’s title infers she is responsible for the day to day running of the business, ensuring all areas are working together to achieve the best results. Not much happens at Ridgeview without her knowledge.Outside of work she likes to spend as much time as possible with her two children and never turns down an opportunity to have a few drinks with friends.

 

 

 

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Mardi Roberts

Sales and Marketing Manager

Our Aussie import grew up around vines and the passion has never left her. Mardi met Simon whilst working at Brown Bros Winery in Victoria, Australia and came over to the UK with him in 1999 and began the development of the Ridgeview brand.  Her responsibilities include PR, export and managing national accounts. Mardi enjoys establishing and maintaining relationships, especially with like-minded people who make her job fun.

 

 

 

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Matt Strugnell

Vineyard Manager

Without fantastic grapes we have no wine and Matt Strugnell is responsible for making sure this happens.  He started working for Ridgeview in 2002 and now has responsibility of all our vineyards in which he works tirelessly to ensure the highest quality fruit.  Matt also provides valued advice & support to all Ridgeview’s partnership vineyards.  In his spare time he can be found star gazing or playing very loud rock guitar.

 

 

 

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Daniel Ham

Winemaker

Daniel discovered his passion for wine whilst living in New Zealand and decided to take the leap from marine biologist to winemaker. He undertook a winemaking degree at Plumpton College and began working at Ridgeview in 2011, while also squeezing in a vintage at Cloudy Bay and being awarded the WSET Rhone scholarship prize. Daniel supports Simon and Mike in crafting the Ridgeview wines. Outside work Daniel can be found cycling, spearfishing or cooking with glass of wine in hand.

 

 

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Simon Larder

Technical Manager

Simon's key tasks are to liaise with suppliers and to ensure we comply with our food safety accreditation standards (SALSA), as well as any technical requirement laid down by our customers.  To relax Simon enjoys road cycling, listening to music, spending time getting jumped on by his two boys and drinking the odd pint of Harveys.

 

 

 

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Oliver Marsh

Production and Sales Coordinator

Oliver joined us in 2008 and supports Mardi in dealing with sales enquiries from the UK and abroad, ensuring orders are despatched on time and managing customer relationships. Oliver is also the face of Ridgeview at tasting events around the UK and when he’s not working he lists his hobbies as running, eating and sleeping.  

 

 

 

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Verity Coxon

Brand Management

Verity joined us part time in 2011 and supports Tamara and Mardi with Brand Management, Production and Website Development. She has lots of experience in the drinks industry having worked for Diageo and First Drinks.  She then entered the world of advertising and the drinks brands became her clients.  Most of her time outside work is taken up with her 2 lively young children but occasionally she gets to be an adult and enjoys going out to new restaurants and sampling great food and wines.

 

 

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Holly Flintan

Winery Assistant

Holly is instrumental in the winery and keeps check on our stock, processes and recording of data as part of her varied role.  She enjoys all aspects of wine production and is futhering her knowledge part-time at Plumpton College. Holly is also very keen to assist with Ridgeview marketing and sales events whenever possible. Outside of work Holly is a great lover of Summer festivals, spending time with friends, travelling and visiting some of England’s best restaurants.

 

 

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John Palmer

Handyman

John likes a challenge which is just as well as we find him a variety of tasks to do in and around the winery and he is pivotal in helping to ensure that our premises and the estate stay functional and look exemplary.  Anyone who has worked with John will know that his stamina and ability to find a joke for any occasion are unquestionable.

 

 

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