Meet The Team
The Team at NBIA are passionate about baking and the baking industry. We utilise a highly skilled and focused selection of experienced individuals to provide services to our mand 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.
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.
Veeko has over 10 years of experience in the business environment within the Baking Industry. Her strong understanding of company business models allows her to develop and execute good strategies to reach organisational goals.
Veeko’s personal motto is ‘there’s no shortage of business ideas, what is missing is the will to execute them’.
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.
Board of Directors
The NBIA Board is comprised of a group of industry professionals from diverse backgrounds including plant bakeries to independently owned and operated businesses, and allied traders. Our directors are successful and proficient within their fields, resulting in their ability to deliver industry-wide experience and expertise when serving NBIA Members and the baking industry at large.
Mark is the current Sales Manager (Bakery, Manufacturing, and Innovation) for Kialla Pure Foods and President of the NBIA. He has more than 40 years of experience from various sales and technical baking advisory roles in the baking industry, which has resulted in an extensive collection of transferable skills across product development and troubleshooting of product quality. Mark is passionate about all things baking and serves to build a thriving bakery industry for all.
Myles has more than 25 years of experience in the bakery industry. His roles within the industry have given him a wealth of knowledge about bakery products and business. Myles is inspired by the diversity of the baking industry and serves on the NBIA Board to assist with further development and support of the industry.
Chris has more than 30 years of experience in the baking industry. His career has seen him travel the world holding positions of all levels in England, Greece, Africa, and Australia. Chris is known for his passion with artisan breads and loves passing on his knowledge to the younger baking generations is a trainer for BITA. He is an active competitor and judge at bread shows and as a result has many awards and business accolades to his name.
Rodney is the newest trainer at BITA and brings with him a large amount of knowledge based on many years of hands on experience in the Australian baking industry.