One of the more bizarre sights on the motor-racing circuits of northern Europe is a 16-stone seventy-ish individual who ought to know better. Unlikely to worry Lewis Hamilton as his racing motto is ‘after you, Claude.’ Anthony founded Goddards Brewery back in 1993, and Team GB carry on the business with the same energy, humour, and occasional political incorrectness!
Xavier started his brewing life at what was then Ventnor Brewery – after 15 years there, he then joined Molson Coors as an Account Manager for Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. He was then offered an opportunity to go to Ireland to set up a brewery and brew a lager for Dingle Brewery – a six month arrangement soon turned into 3 years. The resulting Creans Lager is a great success.
Goddards Brewery’s answer to Elizabeth Taylor, Babs puts up with a quite astonishing amount of political incorrectness. If you are on the receiving end of our telesales system, then it’s more than likely that it is Babs who contacts you. Can turn into a Rottweiler on demand if you don’t pay your bills on time, be warned! Babs is also the longest-serving employee at Goddards.
Adding a touch of northern charm to the team, Gary originates from the heart of Manchester and is a self-proclaimed true blue (but don’t hold that against him!) Before joining us, Gary ran his own successful business building theatrical scenery and exercising his artistic flair across the county.
As well as production engineer and drayman, he also looks after Millie, our bottling machine. In his own time, Gary is a keen home brewer of a variety of products, so far we have not plucked up the courage to try them!
Promoted to head brewer after serving an 8 year apprenticeship, Nigel is a closet musician, surfer, pantomime actor and general all-round brewery good egg. He has learned his trade under the guidance of two top class brewers and has a thorough, thoughtful and professional approach to making sure that our beer comes out perfectly every time.
Josh originally joined us at the brewery as an apprentice. He brought with him great knowledge of beer care as well as a science background and a dart player’s mathematical brain.
Before joining Goddards Ian lived in Australia and has travelled extensively around India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii (the list goes on quite a bit…). He eventually lay down his hat on the Isle of Wight and has since become the second longest employee at Goddards.
Marc spent seven years with British Telecom and four years working in IT before taking his interest in home brewing a bit too seriously and is now production engineer at Goddards.
He now runs the latest edition to the Brewery. The GAI MLE 661 bottling machine which is affectionately known as Millie.
If he’s not annoying his fiancée brewing ‘hefeweizens’ in their home kitchen then he’ll be out taking photos of the Island or making a racket with his bass and guitar.
Richard Harvey BSc MBrew
Richard started brewing at Bass, Birmingham in 1975, and began migrating south in 1982.
He has worked as Head Brewer, Managing Director, and General Manager at a variety of breweries in the South of England, until joining us here at Goddards Brewery in 2009 ( although he remains an occasional consultant and locum brewer at other breweries). Richard is one of only 350 Master Brewers worldwide, and is a Life Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, a past director and regional Chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers, so beer is very much in his blood!
When not brewing (hardly ever) he is a keen sailor and campanologist (bell-ringer, to you…).
After winning the competition for drinking the 250,000th pint of Fuggle De Dum, Kev felt there was only one thing to do, that was to join Goddards… once again! 26 years after leaving Goddards and seeing the world (well the UK) Kevin has returned to an interesting environment, new innovation ,new and old staff and as always bloody good beer!
Competing for Babs’ title of our resident Rottweiler, Hannah is the loud, and somewhat northern one in the office (though she says she’s from the midlands but that is still northern to us). Working for us part-time she also juggles freelance work and looking after her newborn daughter who arrived in March 2019 (how she fits in her social life we aren’t quite sure). You may get her on the phone or if you choose to engage with us via social media it is likely it will be Hannah on the other end.
‘From grease monkey to cask monkey’ – Rob’s words not ours! Originally a motorcycle technician from Cambridge, Rob has decided to swap “grease for yeast” and become part of team Goddards. Rob used to enjoy preparing motocross bikes for events and now he is helping us make sure our Beer is race ready. He’s happier in brogues than wellington boots. When he’s not out sampling Goddards Beers in one of the many Islands pubs, Rob likes long distance walking with his girlfriend and having Blade Runner movie nights at home.
Pleweto is Pleweto… not a lot else we can say! He won his name via our social media competition and the winning name was subsequently selected by Phoebe (Hannah’s daughter who was only 11 weeks old at the time!). Very good at not doing a lot but likes to pretend he can do everything. Tried stealing our valuable team members’ jobs and also been seen in various establishments across the island and trying to steal other people’s jobs! Be warned if you see him about… you never know what he may get up to!