The Baker Family
Our human resources number is approx. 245. This investment enables our business to resource all aspects of the operation to the level of excellence we demand.
Our success depends largely on the ability to integrate our available resources at any given time and have the capability to undertake existing works. AJ Baker & Sons are proud to maintain a large workforce across the different states.
As well as our own in-house facilities we employ a variety of specialist sub-contractors for the supply and installation of capital refrigeration equipment.
Sub-contractors are selected based on the quality of their work and past experience that AJ Baker & Sons have had with them. Where practical we ensure our subcontractors are able provide innovative cost saving solutions, without compromising standards or quality of service.
Peter Baker joined the Company in 1968 and served in a number of positions prior to assuming the Managing Director’s role in 1981. He is currently the Chairman of the Company and acts in an advisory role to all areas of the business.
Mike Baker is a University qualified Mechanical Engineer with a wealth of experience in the refrigeration and power industries. Mike held a position at Western Power for 14 years prior to joining AJ Baker & Sons in 2004 Mike oversees the national branch network and directly manages the two West Australian Branches.
Brendan’s 30 years of experience in refrigeration and air conditioning commenced with a four-year apprenticeship with us.
He established our Queensland Branch enabling Baker Refrigeration to expand into the eastern states, allowing our case sales, contracting and service businesses to grow substantially. Brendan oversees our Queensland Branch operations, as well as the account manager for a number of our major independent supermarket chains.
Claus commenced with Baker Refrigeration in January 2007. He has a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business Administration and over 10 years Management experience with Linde Refrigeration Systems in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
He brings with him a vast knowledge of company development and management skills. He is responsible for the ALDI relationship and its contractual obligations.
New South Wales State Manager
Mitch joined Baker Refrigeration in June 2009. He has over 25 years of commercial refrigeration experience since completing his apprenticeship.
Mitch is responsible for managing our NSW Branch operations: project installations, servicing and sales of capital equipment.
Victoria State Manager
Matthew has over 30 years of commercial refrigeration experience since completing his apprenticeship. Matthew took on the role as our Victorian State Manager after moving from his role as Design Engineer for Refrigeration Systems & Air Conditioning at Woolworths.
Mathew is responsible for managing our Victorian Branch operations: project installations, servicing and sales of capital equipment.
South Australia State Manager
John McBurnie joined Baker Refrigeration in May 2005 and has over 25 years’ experience in the refrigeration industry.
As the South Australian State Manager, John is responsible for the day to day operations of the branch and oversees engineering and design, project installations, refrigeration, catering sales & servicing, custom built cabinet manufacture and our defence contracts.
Bunbury WA Branch Manager
Denis joined Baker Refrigeration back in 2004 as a service mechanic, since then he has been actively involved in the day-to-day operation of our Bunbury branch in Western Australia. He was promoted to the Bunbury Branch Manager in 2010.
Denis has 24 years of commercial refrigeration experience and plays an integral role in project installation, sales and service of capital equipment in the southwest of Western Australia.
National Service Manager
Shane is a qualified refrigeration technician with over 25 years’ experience. After completing his apprenticeship with Baker Refrigeration, he worked with our service team and progressed to Commissioner and then Service Supervisor.
In 2003 he relocated to Brisbane to start our Queensland branch with Director Brendan Krummel. Shane went on to study Business and Commerce and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management. Shane works closely with key accounts and contract management.
National Sales Manager - Plug in Equipment
Charlie has been with Baker Refrigeration for 13 years. He has a Diploma in Business Studies and 16 years of experience in the commercial refrigeration industry.
Over the past 13 years, Charlie has promoted Baker Refrigeration across Australia to a wide range of corporate, retail and distributor customers, concentrating on our brands of plug-in refrigeration cases and Manitowoc ice machines.
NSW Sales Executive
Lucinda joined Baker Refrigeration in 2013 and has a Bachelor degree in Marketing. Lucinda has been selling refrigeration to the independent market for over 10 years.
She uses her extensive product knowledge and understanding of the retail supermarket industry to provide excellent service to her customers and offers tailored solutions for both new stores and refurbishment of existing sites.
SA Sales Manager - Food Service Equipment
Mark McLennan is a qualified chef, with 21 years’ experience running kitchens in 5-star hotels. For the past 18 years, Mark has been using his practical experience and understanding of the catering industry to design and build commercial kitchens and bars.
Mark fulfils the role of both designer and project manager delivering a complete solution.
SA Sales Executive
Travis commenced with Baker Refrigeration in October 2016 after working in the commercial kitchen industry for 6 years. He has completed a Certificate III in Cabinet Making and a Certificate IV in Sales & Marketing.
His responsibilities at Baker Refrigeration include quoting, sales, project management, CAD drafting, kitchen design and customer relationships.
Western Australia Sales Executive
Andrew has been employed at Baker Refrigeration since April 1997, he started with us as a draftsperson. Since then he has completed his Diploma of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology, and has over 20 years’ experience in helping develop the Baker Refrigeration brand.
Andrew is involved in project estimation and overall project implementation.
Erika Bockler Billeaud
QLD Sales Executive
Erika commenced with AJ Baker & Sons in 2020 with 16 years’ experience in the industry.
She has completed a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Business to Business, and studied electrical engineering, specialising in controls and building automation in France.
Erika’s previous roles have been in technical and sales positions, always focusing on delivering great customer service.