Chris Sandham


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 Gates

Managing Director

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.

Steve Fuller


Steve joined the team in 2020 on a temporary basis to cover holidays. Fast forward to 2021 and he loved it so much that he joined us full time! Having retired from over 25 years in teaching, Steve enjoys nothing more than jumping in his van and heading out across the country, taking everything in his stride. With a love of Whisky, Golf and Motorbikes, Steve is a great addition to the team and is always ready to greet you with a smile.

Gail Fuller

Office Admin

Gail is a retired secondary school teacher who enjoys reading, baking, and taking trips on the motorbike. Spending quality time with her family, having fun and keeping life balanced are still a juggling act despite not working full time anymore. Her four grandchildren keep her busy, but they are a delight and very much treasured. As well as keeping Steve in check Gail brings a smile and happy face to the office every week.

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