From April 2020
Ambassador’s Q&A: Derek Orford
Having appointed four of our senior staff into
ambassadorial roles, we’re firing questions to them each
month to reveal what they’ll be getting up to in their new
role. Last month we heard from Roy Betts, our
microbiology ambassador. This month it’s Derek’s turn.
With 36 years in the brewing industry, and 29 of those as
a master brewer, it’s safe to say that Derek understands
the sector better than most. As our brewing ambassador,
here’s what he had to say about his new role.
What will your new role allow you to do?
I’ll be able to meet more brewers and other industry
players more regularly so that we really understand how
their needs are changing and ensure we have the knowhow
and the right resources in place to meet them. I’ll
also have more time to support industry bodies and
provide support through consulting for specific clients.
What are you looking forward to
I love assisting with new product development and I’m
expecting our ‘kombucha club’ to make great strides in
making kombucha production more reliable and
reproducible. Internally, I’m really looking forward to
helping develop the skills of our younger team members
to enable them to grow in the world of brewing.
What does the future hold for the
Every brewer I talk to is not only trying to make great beer
but is also focused on doing so sustainably. I think this
continued attention to the long term means that beer and
brewing will continue to be relevant to new consumers.
I’m sure this theme will be reflected in the majority of
brewing meetings and conferences this year, including our
own Fermented and Alcoholic Drinks Member Interest
Derek is our primary contact for brewers, both large and small.
To discuss all things brewing, get in touch.
Contact: Derek Orford