The brewery is owned by Stephen and Lesley George with Lesley running the brewery whilst Stephen maintains a background presence alongside a full time job outside the brewery. In addition they also employ a further five staff full time, three brewers and two office/shop, and two part time office/shop staff.
Meet them all below…..
Lesley (Partner & Business Manager) studied at Edinburgh University then spent 13 years working in London & travelling in the management of Cultural Exchange Programmes. She also lived in the USA and Brazil before moving to Norfolk with her family in 2006 to be part of the new Humpty Dumpty Brewery team.
Stephen hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has lived in the UK since 1997. A keen homebrewer, he started making real ales after hopping the pond. Trained as a chemical engineer, Stephen works full time outside of the brewery as a consultant in the oil industry. His travels give him ample opportunities to try new beers everywhere, and he does look forward to working with the brewery in his spare time. One of these days, he will finally get around to brewing that Imperial Russian Stout he’s been promising for a few years. Mmm, stout!
Office Staff and Sales
Started at Humpty in summer 2010 after working for 30 years in the hospitality industry and the latter 20 years as hotel manager . Now have the time to enjoy sailing our traditional Broads sailing cruiser here on the Broads, President of the local WI and a member of the local amateur theatre company and spend a lot of my spare time walking our dogs and generally joining in village life!!
Ann has worked for the current partners since they first took over the brewery. She serves on the local parish council and is a member of the Womens’ section Royal British Legion. Ann is an active member of the village and enjoys walking with her daughter and dog around the Norfolk countryside.
The Brewing Team
Head Brewer Ian has been at the brewery since May 2011 , arriving via a short career (five years) in teaching and a long career (25 years) in the Military (Army). Alongside his responsibilities as head brewer Ian also works in the office, primarily on social media including running the website but also in advertising and design. Outside of work he enjoys a physical lifestyle including running, having taken part in a number of races over various distances, as well as the more usual and relaxing pursuits such as the theatre / movies / eating out etc.
Tom spent the summer of 2010 working at the brewery as a holiday placement from university. He returned as Assistant Brewer in 2012 after having finished his BSc in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. In the brewery, Tom works in the day-to-day brewing and bottling operations, as well as some lab work and new product development. Outside of work, he is a keen cook and baker and an avid miniature wargames enthusiast.
Sean started his brewing career at Blackfriars in Gt. Yarmouth, whilst there he completed a start-up course in brewing and a bottling course at Sunderland University he then also completed a course in microbiology at Ottley College, Ipswich. He then moved to the Cayman Islands where he worked as a brewer at the only brewery on the island before returning to the UK 18 months later and joining the Humpty Dumpty team in 2014. He is a keen footballer and often plays for the local team in his spare time.