Meet The Team
The Team at BITA are passionate about baking and the baking industry. We utilise a highly skilled and focused selection of experienced individuals to provide services to employers and apprentices to assist with your enquiries.
Martin has gained a wealth of knowledge and broad array of experience within his long-term career in the baking industry. He spent many years as an Executive Pastry Chef at 5-star hotels throughout Austria, Switzerland, England, and Queensland. His passion for the baking industry led to the successful completion of a Bachelor of Adult Education at QUT in 2004,which resulted in an ongoing career educating the younger generation of bakers since. Martin joined the BITA Training Team in August 2010 and has taught many apprentices in the art of baking.
In 2011, Martin was selected to participate in the Capability Building – Enterprise Engagement Project established by the Department of Education and Training which further established his career as a trainer and advocate for the baking industry.
Chris has more than 30 years of experience in the baking industry and a career that has seen him travel the world holding positions of all levels in England, Greece, Africa, and Australia. From 2004 to 2014 he owned and managed his own bakery in Queensland which received several awards including Queensland Bakery of the Year (three times) and a Quest Business Achiever Award (five times). This achievement also saw the businesses induction into the Quest Hall of Fame. Chris is an active competitor and judge of bread shows and known for his passion for artisan breads. Most recently Chris was a finalist in the 2019 Australia Society of Baking Sydney J Packham Scholarship.
With more than 35 years of experience in the baking industry, Rodney is the most recent trainer to join the BITA team. During his career he has performed in many roles including Bakery Manager and Bakery Owner and has also worked closely with milling companies Maralong Milling and OBP Milling in various representative roles. As a baker he has worked throughout Queensland and Papua New Guinea with teams varying in size, managing relationships, wages, customers, and more. Rodney’s most recent achievement is the completion of his training qualification allowing him to share his extensive bakery skills with the young emerging bakers of today.
Dean has 44 years of experience in the baking industry along with more than 20 years of experience in a training environment. He ran his own bakery for a number of years as well as assisting many bakeries with production and other business needs. Dean is passionate about the baking industry and excited to be back on board at the NBIA and BITA to share his knowledge and expertise.
Veeko has worked in the business environment within the baking industry for more than 10 years. She possesses a strong understanding of the company’s business model and industry and is able to use this knowledge to develop good strategies of which she is most competent in executing.
Veeko’s personal motto is ‘there’s no shortage of business ideas, what is missing is the will to execute them’.
Mel has 35 years of experience in customer service and more than 12 years of experience working in an RTO environment. She is process focused and supports BITA trainers/students with all things related to training administration. Mel is a bright and bubbly person who has a consistently positive demeanor.
Marketing and Membership Officer
Natalie has more than 10 years of experience in the marketing industry and is highly qualified in all areas of graphic design. Prior to venturing into the marketing industry Natalie received exposure to all aspects of graphic design, advertising, and media as a Senior Graphic Designer for various companies in the education and construction industries. In total, her career as a creative all-rounder spans more than 20 years and includes running her own freelance graphic design business.
Natalie’s personal motto is ‘plan everything in advance to get the best result’.
Monicca has more than 10 years experience in customer service in the hospitality industry. Her previous experience has exposed her to numerous aspects of the food service environment including customer service, staff training, policies and procedures, WHS, and food safety. Monicca assists the team with day to day administration tasks and enquiries.