Meet the team
We're proud of the team we've built at Bad Shepherd over the years and are excited to introduce you to them.
Dereck & Diti - Founders
Bad Shepherd was the brainchild of husband and wife team, Dereck and Diti Hales. After years working for some of the worlds largest brands, Dereck felt something was missing. While brewing award-winning home brews scratched some of that itch, he knew owning his brewery was his true dream and who better to be his partner in that journey then his wife Diti: a passionate fan of quality restaurants, American style BBQ and an expert in brand marketing.
Dereck's Fave Brew — Almighty IIPA: It’s big, punchy, intense, and the launch party is always a heap of over the top fun!
Jenny – Business & Hospitality Manager
Brew Crew #5 the highly regarded Amber Rye
Jenny started as a Sues Chef in the Bad Shepherd kitchen nearly 5 years ago, became Head Chef, then venue manager, then Business Development Manager! After 25 years in hospitality she's done everything from washing dishes to working security to owning her own business and her impressive experience has helped build the Bad Shepherd brewpub into a must visit spot in Melbourne. Jen's only great regret is that she's never been a professional DJ.
Fave Brew — American Pale Ale: Love the bitterness and lovely resin-y hop flavour. Nothing beats a fresh of the line APA for me!
Craig – Head Brewer
Brew Crew #12 – COMING Q4 2021
Craig was a graphic designer for 10+ years but had a huge passion for homebrewing on the side with a BIAB setup. His foray into commercial brewing began in 2015 with some volunteer work at Arctic Fox Brewing whilst pursuing brewing studies, before accepting a Head Brewer position at Athletic Club Brewery in Ballarat. Now he’s our Head Brewer and has been ‘tending the flock’ since July ’18.
Fave Brew — Pina Colada Sour: Summer in a glass! The perfect balance of pineapple and coconut, with a mild & sessionable sour base. 👌😎 It almost makes me WANT to mow the lawn, just so I can smash one of these bad boys afterwards! 🤣
Tim – Warehouse Manager
Brew Crew – TBC 2022
Tim came from a transport operations background where he ended up as Operations Manager at a major transport company. Leaving the ‘glitz and glamour’ of transport behind 13 years ago, he headed into warehouse & logistics management which then brought him to Bad Shepherd mid 2020. In a rapidly expanding warehouse Tim has shown himself to be the best (only 😂) Warehouse Manager Bad Shepherd has ever had.
Fave Brew — Victoria Pale Ale: Not as "exciting" as a one-off Limited Edition but it is a beloved classic and I love the background of this beer, especially the story of 100 year old Melbourne yeast aspect. I great sessionable beer throughout the day.
Mark – National Sales Manager
Brew Crew – Q2 2022
Mark came on board as our National Sales Manager to make sure our beers are stocked in bottleshops and bars around the country. Bringing decades of experience in the alcohol industry, including at some of the countries biggest brewers and distributers.
Liam – Digital & Social Marketing
Brew Crew #17 - COMING JAN 2022
Liam joined the Bad Shepherd team two years ago to support our marketing campaigns, bringing over a decade of digital marketing experience including working with some of the largest brands in Australia. He's the first point of contact for your questions and feedback across social, as well as ensuring our beers are available Australia-wide from our online store.
Fave Brew — Oatmeal Stout: I'm a fiend for dark beers and I can't pass up a classic stout. Dry, roasty, right amount of sweetness and body. I don't care if it's Summer I'll still enjoy it!