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The Scottish Bakers Team
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The Scottish Bakers team works across membership, training and our events, competitions and conferences. Meet the team below:

Our Office Team

  • Alasdair Smith, Chief Executive
    Alasdair Smith, Chief Executive

    Alasdair joined Scottish Bakers in January 2018 after many years working in Scotland's vibrant skills and learning environment.

    He is responsible for overall leadership of Scottish Bakers, setting the strategic direction and ultimately ensuring that the Association serves its membership effectively at all times.
  • Scott Anderson, Training & Quality Manager
    Scott Anderson, Training & Quality Manager

    Scott Anderson joined us in 2008 as a Training Advisor and now heads up Scottish Bakers training operations to bakery and Food and Drink Manufacturers throughout the U.K and Northern Ireland. He is passionate about the baking industry and sustaining the skills within it.

    Scott began his career in 1985 with Newlands Home Bakery (Glasgow) where he learned his craft from old-school bakers. Scott moved into the supermarket sector in 1990, first with Safeway (now Morrisons) and then with Asda and  Sainsbury. 

    Scott's most recent commercial role was production manager at California Cake & Cookie in Glasgow where he gained valuable experience in buying, human resources, planning and auditing and working closely with NPD and Technical departments.
  • Kim Beatson, Administrator
    Kim Beatson, Training Services Administrator

    Kim joined Scottish Bakers in June 2002 after studying Business Administration at Edinburgh College.

    Her main responsibilities include co-ordinating and managing training provisions carried out by Scottish Bakers/National Food & Drink Training and maintaining the administration systems to provide information to funding and awarding bodies.

    Kim is also responsible for operational management information, effective systems and funding claim management and maintaining the NFDT website as required.

  • Emir Blaiej, Administrator

    Emir started working for Scottish Bakers in August 2007.

    His key roll is to assist the senior management team with all administration tasks which vary from booking travel, meeting and greeting guests, managing the switchboard, assisting with the events that take place throughout the year. He also administers the English and Northern Ireland training programmes as well as supporting the Scottish training team when required. 

  • Lucy Wheeler, Marketing Manager

    Lucy joined Scottish Bakers in April 2015 as Marketing & Events Administrator progressing to the position of Marketing Manager in June 2017. After graduating from Queen Margaret University with a BA (Hons) in Public Relations and Media, Lucy spent five years working in PR, working with clients such as Magners Cider, Dewars Whisky and Gleneagles. Following that she spent three years working in the corporate events industry, before leaving to join the team at Scottish Bakers. Lucy is responsible for all Scottish Bakers marketing and communications, member service and events.
  • Susan Whyte, Head of Finance and Operations

    Susan joined Scottish Bakers in September 1997 as Finance Officer. She had previously worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland and in the photocopier industry. Susan became Company Secretary and Financial Controller in 2011.

    Susan is responsible for all financial transactions and as Company Secretary organises and attends all Board meetings.

    Susan has also assisted in organising Scottish Bakers conference and events.

Training Team

  • Graham Ayton, Training Advisor
    Graeme Ayton, Training Advisor

    Graeme joined Scottish Bakers in September 2017.  With 25 years’ experience in large and small scale Craft Bakeries, 10 of those in management roles, he can give expert advice on retailing, costings, distribution/dispatch, production and improvement techniques and more.

    Graeme is able to offer help and learning support to candidates and support your business's requirements with SVQ training in a number of critical areas.  
  • Steve Fleming, Senior Trainer

    Steve joined Scottish Bakers in August 2009 and is now one of our Senior Training Advisers. Prior to joining Scottish Bakers, Steve was Retail Manager with Glen Bakers in Glenrothes overseeing all their retail operations. 

    Steve now has many more strings to his bow, gained through a commitment to professional development and now delivers qualifications in Retail, Dairy, Production, Distribution and Food Manufacturing Excellence. He gained his Food Hygiene Diploma in 2010. Steve works closely with companies to upskill their workforce and takes great pride in seeing the people he works with gain their qualifications.
  • Patrick Finnigan, Training Advisor
    Patrick Finnigan, Training Advisor

    Patrick is an experienced Manager who has over 40 years’ experience in the food industry his expertise and passions are bakery and coaching people during his career Pat has had the opportunity to work and experience the food industry at all levels from operational to management in both production and retail environments.

    Patrick started his career as an apprentice with Lightbody's of Hamilton where he gained a great work ethic and passion for quality before moving to South Africa working with supermarkets and Bakery ingredient suppliers providing technical support to customers and most recently at regional support Management level with Sainsbury's before joining Scottish Bakers.

  • Karon Lucke, Training Advisor
    Karon Lucke, Training Advisor

    Karon joined Scottish Bakers in October 2012 as a Training Advisor in England. Karon brings over 40 years experience from the retail and food industry, including some 20 years in management, and has many valuable skills to share with bakers.

    Karon travels widely in her role completing industry qualifications and Hygiene training in businesses of all sizes. Karon also supports candidates with their maths and English skills.
  • Jim McCormack, Senior Trainer

    Jim joined Scottish Bakers in May 2008 and is now one of two Senior Training Advisors responsible for ensuring smooth delivery and quality across our Modern Apprenticeship programmes throughout the U.K. and Northern Ireland.

    Prior to joining Scottish Bakers Jim was a bakery manager with Morrisons (formerly Safeway) overseeing instore retail and bakery production for 18 years. Jim learned the art of craft baking during his 5 years spent with Olivers, (Glasgow).

    Jim works closely with food & drink business across the sector in delivering Food Manufacture Excellence qualifications and lean manufacture process along with sharing his retail and bakery manufacturing knowledge across the sector.

  • Gary Steele, Training Advisor
    Gary Steele, Training Advisor

    Gary joined Scottish Bakers in September 2012. He learned his trade at Glasgow bakers, H R Bradford where he developed his passion for all things baked. 

    He then ran his own craft bakery in Ayrshire for a time before joining us as a Training Adviser; he now enjoys helping to pass on skills and knowledge to the next generation of apprentices.
  • Joe O'Connor, Training Advisor
    Joe O'Connor, Training Advisor

    Joseph O’Connor joined the Scottish Bakers training team in September of 2011. Prior to that, he had spent several years in the baking industry in different positions.

    Joseph began his career working part time in the retail sector before becoming an apprentice baker for H R Bradford in Glasgow. After many years at Bradford's he went on to enjoy a career in the bakery department of a large retail chain.

    Joe brings knowledge, understanding and experience with him to Scottish Bakers, supporting learners through their modern apprenticeships and passing on the skills gained throughout his career as a baker.

  • Jim Taylor, Training Advisor

    Jim Taylor Joined Scottish Bakers in April 2011, after retiring from a 28 year career in Further Education as Head of Department in Bakery and Food and Hospitality.

    Originally working full time with Scottish Bakers, Jim is currently working part time as an Assessor/Training Advisor for National Food and Drink Training and is involved in delivery and assessment over the range of qualifications we offer.
  • Louise West, Training Advisor
    Louise West, Training Advisor

    Louise joined Scottish Bakers in March 2019 bringing 32 years of industry experience in both craft and production baking. This includes being a partner in a family business for 23 years helping the business move with the times to meet high street & customer requirements

    Louise leads on our apprenticeship delivery across England, bringing a wealth of first-hand skills and expertise gained over the years. Louise also covers food safety, QA and customer service skills.