Mary Quicke MBE DL runs Quicke’s, a £4.0m turnover farmstead cheese making business. Quicke’s Cheese is the largest British naturally matured traditional cheddar maker. Cheese has been made on the farm during the family’s 470 year history, and Mary is the fourteenth generation on the farm, running the business since 1987. The cheese is multi award winning, for instance winning Best Cheddar at the British Cheese Awards three years out of seven, winning Best English Cheese in 2015 and consistently winning trophies at major cheese competitions in the UK. The cheese sells to key outlets in the UK, and over one third to export, mainly US and Australia.
The 1500 acre farm has 600 cows grazing outside for most of the year, grows crops to feed the cows, as well as to sell and support wildlife in extensive environmental schemes. It has a farm shop selling cheese and foods locally foraged. The business employs 43 people in Newton St Cyres, Exeter, Devon, England.
In 2005, Mary received an MBE for her contribution to farming and cheesemaking.
Mary is developing the Academy of Cheese with cheese industry colleagues in the UK. This is a 4-level certification system including tasting inspired by the American Cheese Society’s Certified Cheese Professional programme. She is a Dairy Sector Board Member of AHDB, the levy body that supports farming from levies collected from farm products. She is active in promoting the requirement for scientifically knowledgeable, technically capable, practically engaged people to support the applied sciences of farming and cheese making.
She writes a monthly blog, Mary’s Dairy Diary and writes an award-winning column for Devon Life.
Paid employment, office or profession.
- Employed by Quicke’s Traditional Ltd, farmers, cheesemakers, packers & retailers (Mary Quicke & family members)
Directorships, whether paid or not.
- Director, Quicke Traditional Ltd (Mary Quicke & family members)
- Director, Academy of Cheese
Income, recognition or benefits
Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit.
- Dairy Sector Board Member, Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board
Organisations, clubs or bodies
Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations.
- Chairman of Council, Devon County Agricultural Association
- President: Newton St Cyres Recreation Ground Club
- Tower Captain: Newton St Cyres Bellringers
- National Farmers Union
- Dairy UK
- Specialist Cheesemakers Association
- Academy of Cheese
- Institute of Agriculture Management
- Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies
- Devon County Agricultural Association
- Royal Bath and West Show Society
- American Cheese Society
- Devon Farm Management Association
- South West Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
Shares and investments
- Quicke’s Traditional Ltd (Mary Quicke & family members)