Meet the Black Chalk Team

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Jacob Leadley

CEO and Winemaker 


In 2009 Jacob left a comfortable job in London to retrain as a winemaker. Since then he has worked in the English wine industry producing multiple award winning wines. He has also worked in Champagne and New Zealand during this time. Black Chalk was launched in 2015 with Jacob as joint owner and Winemaker. In 2018, Jacob left his winemaker job to focus on Black Chalk full time.

Andrew Seden

COO and Sales/Marketing Director


Andrew is Jacob’s Brother-In-Law, and is a co-founder of Black Chalk. He was introduced to the wine industry via Jacob, and has learnt on the job as well as attending several courses at Plumpton and with Wine GB. Andrew came from a very different background, before Black Chalk was conceived he ran a successful property development company, and prior to that he spent 5 years as a professional poker player! Andrew is very focused on delivering the famous Black Chalk branding across all areas of the business. 


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Zoë Driver

Assistant Winemaker 


After studying English and Drama at university, Zoë spent a couple of years travelling the world; it was during this time she fell in love with winemaking whilst working for a sparkling winery in Australia. Upon returning to the UK, she became the UK’s first Winemaking Apprentice at Hattingley Valley Wines, progressing up to Assistant Winemaker, and helping to make several award winning wines. She has also spent some time making wine in Champagne, and is currently studying for her MSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College.