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Meet The Team


Mark Sharman

Mark Sharman is Managing Director of Sharpham Partnership Ltd. After graduating as a mining engineer and working in a Canadian goldmine, he took over the running of Sharpham vineyard from his uncle in 1988 and then the cheese dairy in 1990. In that year, he also became the winemaker at Sharpham and developed the business to focus on high quality wine and cheese and providing an excellent visitor experience.



Duncan Schwab

Duncan Schwab is Head Winemaker.  In 1992, he came to Sharpham to get some wine experience, following his father’s purchase of a three-acre vineyard in Cornwall.  Twenty years later and Duncan is one of the most experienced and reputable winemakers in the UK. He lives in Totnes with his wife Chloe, their two young girls and baby Angus.



Abby Smith

Abby Smith is Office Manager & Accounts. She started at Sharpham in 1992 following a career change after being a full time professional foster parent for twelve years. In her twenty years here she has been a part time cheesemaker, helped out at events and tastings and worked in the shop. Now Abby manages all the accounts and keeps our paperwork and finances in order! She is a keen singer, performing regularly in a choir and is proud grandmother to little Oscar.



Debbie Mumford

Debbie Mumford is Head Cheesemaker. She joined Sharpham as a vineyard technician in 1988 and took over the cheesemaking in 1990. At this time it was Debbie and one assistant. Debbie now leads a team of eight cheesemakers in the purpose built cheese dairy, constructed in 2002.



Carl Elesmore

Carl Elesmore is a cheesemaker. He has been at Sharpham for five years. Carl doubles up as our resident handyman at Sharpham and loves anything DIY as well as his passion for showing classic cars.




Peter Sudworth

Our Vineyard Manager, Peter Sudworth joined us in 2001 after a varied career in Britain and abroad, including six years working in South Korea. His interests include music, cycling, growing organic veg and restoring vintage guitars.


Other Cheesemakers:

Kate Davis, Nicky Davis, Jane Hazel, Brigette Mumford, Judy Smith and Gilly Roberts.