Chris came into the family business from the age of 16 where he learnt all the time honoured family skills from his Father, Chris. He took over the running of the business in the early 1990’s and strived to maintain the Tradition and quality that is expected from the 3rd generation family business. It was Chris’s decision to start making vegetarian Cheese in 1986 and went on to develop a range of blended varieties the same year, which are still very popular today.
In 1996, Chris started smoking some Cheese for himself, before investing in our first Smoking kiln in 2000 and a second smoker in 2014. With a smoking capacity of 20 tonnes a week, you could say it was one of his better ideas!
In 2019, after 40 years, Chris stepped back from the business in order to play more golf. However, with the small issue of a global pandemic, he can often be found driving around the North West delivering cheese in his favourite Hi-Vis vest.
Michelle joined JJ Sandham in 2017 and is now part of the Successful Management Team driving the business forward. With over 20 years’ Sales and Customer service experience, Michelle has a positive, ‘can do’ attitude and is always at the end of the phone to discuss new ideas and requirements.
When asked what JJ Sandham means to her, Michelle says “We are a small, friendly team, each one of us playing a vital role in running a successful, reputable business. I am very proud of our ability to adapt quickly and develop in the ever changing industry, whist maintaining a professional but friendly approach”
When not working, you’ll find Michelle either cooking in her kitchen or pottering about in the garden, usually with a glass of wine.
With a Food Science and technical management background spanning over 30 years, covering a cross-section of categories within medium sized and multi nationals, Mai joined the team at JJ Sandham in 2014.
She has been instrumental in the company’s successful implementation and ongoing commitment of a robust food safety and management program, maintaining SALSA accreditation and driving technical excellence. Whether it be technical consultancy, food safety training, food labelling and legal compliance, auditing or project management and consumer support, Mai continually strives to ensure all food safety and ‘due diligence’ requirements are met.
Outside of work, Mai enjoys walking in the Lakes with her family as well as practicing yoga/ Pilates and indulging in her passion for wellbeing and all things retail.
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