Wilkins takes over the role from Neil Woods – who became president of the CBA in February.
He brings with him his extensive contact book of the trade, having acted as Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers (2016-17), London’s second oldest guide with origins tracing back to 1155, along with his ongoing role as a Trustee of the Bakers Benevolent Society.
His 32-year career in the Police Service investigating crimes and Major Fraud, as well as working with law enforcement agencies in Europe and the US, has given him a unique insight into business and commerce at all levels. On retirement, he dedicated his efforts to charity, at one point becoming the Head of (Beneficiaries) Welfare for one of Europe’s largest grant-giving Charitable Trusts dealing with child poverty.
His position as Secretary of the Wandsmen in St. Paul’s Cathedral involves managing the sidesmen’s responsibilities for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Service in St. Paul’s on 3 June 2022.
Wilkins will be promoted to national president of CBA in June 2023.
Holds bakers in highest regard
“Over the past 23 years, through my active involvement in the trade aspect of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and the events I attended throughout Britain and elsewhere during my year as Master, I have gained a considerable knowledge of the baking Industry and made many valued contacts and friends,” said Wilkins.
“I have found craft bakers at every level to be highly skilled, hardworking and immensely dedicated to their craft.
“I hold them in the very highest regard and look forward to a happy, productive, and hopefully fun filled year representing the Association, and promoting its excellent work to support them.”
Setting sights high
Added George Fuller, CBA’s chairman, “We are delighted to welcome Patrick as our President Elect.
“He has a strong personal commitment to not-for-profit organisations, and a deep knowledge and understanding of our industry and the people who work in it.
“On a lighter note, Patrick told us that in the last few years he has fulfilled a long-term personal ambition of trekking to Mount Everest, where, incidentally, whilst in the Himalayas, he visited the highest bakery in the world. We won’t be asking him to do anything nearly so arduous in his role as President.”
The Craft Bakers Association was established in 1887 and today is the UK’s leading industry association for independent and family bakers, providing support and guidance to strengthen and safeguard the craft baking community.
Members receive free expert advice on employment law, Health and Safety and Primary Authority Assured Guidance covering Food Safety, Health and Safety and Trading Standards. They also have access to energy consultants, training seminars, e learning courses and the CBA’s annual Conference.