ASCA Board

BRUNO MAIOLO
PRESIDENT

I probably don’t need any introduction to the majority of you, as I have been a constant in the coffee industry and ASCA since its inception. 

Coffee is all I know. 

I have worked, actually more like had fun, met lots of interesting and diverse people and indulged in tasty coffee all my life. 

I have been involved in coffee at all levels. From the supply chain, directly sourcing green beans, importing, roasting, education, a barista serving espresso’s, retail and wholesale. 

One of my proudest moments in coffee, collaborating in grass roots social projects, in healthcare, education and recycling. Recycling and sustainability is one of my major passions and focuses, with many more projects in the pipeline. With these grass roots projects, I can actually affect people’s lives for the better. 

A very close second proudest moment, is getting involved in ASCA. I have always given back to the industry that has nurtured and helped me along my wide and diverse career. I was kindly awarded Life Member status in 2017 for my service to coffee. 

I am honoured to stand as President of ASCA and fully intend to guide it diligently into the future.

president@aasca.com

CAM BALLARD
VICE PRESIDENT

I have been an ASCA accredited barista judge since 2008, judging in numerous states across Australia in those 10 years.

I am also a former Executive Committee member holding the post of Treasurer for 3 years from 2010 and being part of the committee that worked on getting ASCA’s involvement with MICE off the ground.

In more recent years, I have been organising the SA comps (now Western Region) including partnering up with the Double Shot Coffee Fiesta to lift the quality of ASCA events held in Adelaide from previous years.

vicepresident@aasca.com

MELISSA CAIA
SECRETARY

I’m the specialist barista trainer and coordinator at the Coffee Academy at William Angliss Institute, and also a certified WCE Sensory Judge for the World Barista Championships (2013-current).

I started judging at ASCA competitions in 2008 and am one of ASCA judge’s calibration and accredited lead instructors, having judged both state and national barista competitions for a number of years.

In 2016, I received the inaugural Australian Coffee Woman of the Year for my contributions to coffee over more than 20 years working in hospitality.

secretary@aasca.com

CHRIS WHEATLEY
TREASURER

I am currently the company owner and Director of Scope Accounting, and have been the ASCA Treasurer since 2017.

Before running my own business, I was Treasurer of the South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce and have years of experience under my belt when it comes to crunching numbers.

treasurer@aasca.com

DAVID SENG
BARISTA GUILD HEAD

Studying to become a mechanical engineer at Monash University, coffee was never meant to be my chosen path.

I’ve spent the last 15 years working with coffee professionally and I am an accredited WCE World Barista Championship sensory judge.

In 2009, I opened the doors to The Espresso School in Melbourne which would have never happened if I didn’t compete or judge in ASCA sanctioned competitions.

Don’t be afraid to reach out or say hello if you see me around competitions. I hope to see you at a Barista Guild event soon!

baristaguild@aasca.com

DANILO ANDRADE
ROASTERS GUILD HEAD

My coffee journey started in 2007 back at home in São Paulo, Brazil. I managed one of the first specialty coffee cafe & roastery in São Paulo called Santo Grão. It was there where I learned to appreciate the intricacies of specialty coffee. 

In 2008, I moved to Australia to expand on my coffee skills. Since then, I competed in state and national competitions in various categories and have won several awards, including 2nd place at the 2017 ASCA National Roasting Championship. 

I am now an accredited WCE WBrC and WCRC sensory judge. One thing the industry has taught me is that the competition experience is magical. It is where you learn and stretch yourself as a coffee professional.

roastersguild@aasca.com

BEN BICKNELL
ORDINARY MEMBER

Constantly curious, I’ve worn many hats from barista to educator, marketer to strategy. With specialty roaster, Five Senses Coffee, I established coffee training schools in WA, VIC and NSW and am part of the Senior Management team.

I’ve been lucky enough to judge coffee Championships since 2007, including as a WBC Sensory Judge since 2010 and, after gaining the first Coffee Quality Institute Q Grader certification in Aus, have gone on to share that knowledge as a Q Grade Instructor.

I’m excited to support our great coffee community towards a more sustainable, equitable and enjoyable future.

ordinary1@aasca.com

JANE CLARKE
ORDINARY MEMBER

Hi, I’m Jane and I am an experienced FMCG Marketer and is currently a Brand Manager at Lactalis Professional, the producers of the Pauls Professional Milk range. My passion for coffee coupled with a Bachelor Degree in Food Science and Nutrition puts me in a unique position to understand the intricacies and flavour complexities to make a great coffee.

By getting involved in sensory judging at barista competitions, my love for coffee drives me to continue to build my knowledge to continue to help others in the industry. I am also the co-ordinator of the ASCA Northern Region committee and a member of the National Competitions Committee.

ordinary2@aasca.com