Meet the Michael Caines Team

David Kirk, Finance Director

David is an Exeter based Chartered Accountant and the senior partner of the firm Kirk Hills Chartered Accountants, a four partner firm based in Exeter. David has worked with Michael since 1998 and has assisted Michael with a number of business ventures, most recently the creation of Lympstone Manor.

Steve Edwards, Operations Director

Steve has worked closely with Michael for over 20 years.

Originally from Sydney Australia, Steve Edwards emigrated with his family to the UK when he was a teenager. He studied food preparation and food service at Newton College of Further Education before joining the RAF’s catering squadron, serving in England, Central America and on two tours with the mobile catering support unit on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. After leaving the armed forces he came to Devon in 1987 to join the team at Gidleigh Park and had already been in situ for some years when Michael Caines started as Head Chef in 1994.

“Michael and I have worked together since june 1994 on a vast number of different projects but nothing quite as exciting as Lympstone manor”

Steve worked closely with Michael at Gidleigh Park to achieve and maintain 2 Michelin stars, helping to deliver service and hospitality of the highest calibre, and developing his knowledge and passion for wine, working and maintaining one of the best cellars in the UK. In 2002, Steve took some time away from work to further his knowledge of wine, travelling extensively and visiting wineries and producers in France, Spain, Australia and the United States, working a full vintage at Chateau Routas in Provence.

On his return to the UK in 2003, he joined up again with Michael as the Food and beverage manager for the Michael Caines restaurant at the Royal Clarence. When ABode Hotels was formed by Michael and Andrew Brownsword, Steve was an instrumental member of the management team as Head of Group service, responsible for general service standards within the ABode hotel group and for ensuring that Michael’s unique ‘service with style’ was delivered in all of his numerous outlets. From 2012 – 2014 Steve was group Operations Manager for Andrew Brownswords Hotels, one of the group team responsible for the entire hotel operations across 12 properties and 750 staff.

Steve has therefore worked very closely with Michael over the course of more than 22 years. His close working relationship with Michael, allied to his experience, proven track record, in depth knowledge of the hospitality industry and his passion for wine are a great asset as Michael’s new business ventures develop and evolve.

Chelsey Lockheart, Personal Assistant

After spending almost 5 years living and working in London in the Filming and PR industries, Chelsey’s home of Devon was calling and in August 2016 she returned to pursue a change of career and a more Devon style lifestyle.


Chelsey works close alongside Michael, Steve and the team at Lympstone Manor. She is also involved in the properties and partners within the Michael Caines Collection, and the Exeter Festival of Food and Drink. She assists with many of the projects, charity work and selected partners as well as managing Michael’s demanding busy schedule.

To contact Chelsey for enquiries regarding Michael, his team or the food festival email;


Marc Millon, Editorial Director

Marc is a food, wine and travel writer and the author of numerous books as well as magazine articles published on both sides of the atlantic. He has worked closely with Michael Caines for the last seventeen years, helping Michael to communicate his vision, philosophy, professional and personal interests and enthusiasms.

“My professional relationship with Michael goes back many years and was born out of a friendship based around our shared love of food, wine and the value and joy of shared memories around the table.”

Along with Michael, Marc is a patron of Oxford Gastronomica, the centre for food, drink and culture studies. In addition to writing, Marc lectures and leads gastronomic cultural tours. He also has his own wine company and consultancy business, Vino Ltd, importing wines direct from small, quality, artisan wine estates such as Cascine Fontana in the Barolo wine hills.