A company can’t grow unless its people grow, too. We aim to empower our team members to do their best work, develop lifelong skills, and have some fun along the way. Our team members are the heart and soul of Base Wood Fired Pizza and are the centre of the Base experience. Enjoy reading some of our amazing team members and their growth stories.

Elaine O'Connor Growth Stories

Elaine O’Connor

From: Supervisor to Operations Support Manager 

Favourite Core Value: Passion & People 

Pizza Love: Bosco


My journey in Base started in 2015 as a Supervisor in the Terenure branch after coming from working in a small restaurant in the city. I swiftly moved up the ranks and became the Store Manager of one of the larger teams within the company which was a totally new experience of working in the delivery aspect of the food industry. After working as a Store Manager for just over 3years I moved into the role as Production Kitchen Manager which was really learning behind the scenes of the preparation of the company, working with suppliers and getting to know our product even better and being involved in menu/product changes. After a year of working in the production kitchen and learning a lot from the experience gained, I moved into the Operations Support Manager role which brought me back into the stores and was able to advise or teach what I had learned in the different roles from the company and at the same time gain more experience in a new role from our Operations team and working with multiple Managers in stores. 


Paula Bilaver - Growth Stories

Paula Bilaver 

From: Pizza Chef to Store Manager

Favourite Core Value: Passion  

Pizza Love: Create your Own: Chicken, Nduja, Sprin​g Onion, Sweetcorn


I started working at Base in 2018 as an experienced chef and very soon I got promoted to deputy team leader. This role along with working in one of our busiest stores allowed me to become more familiar with all the aspects of work, both kitchen and management. In December 2019, although I enjoyed being a pizza chef and my role as deputy team leader thought me a lot of knowledge I wanted to change career and try myself in a different role. I decided to speak with HQ and after discussing where I wanted my career to go I was hired as a supervisor in one of our stores. This was a totally new role for me and proved to be great and something I adapted to very naturally. In February I was promoted to assistant manager, and after 6 months to a store manager. This progression was welcomed as throughout my time working in Base I have gathered knowledge of both food quality and food procedures, as well as people management. I have been fortunate enough and unique that I have been able to progress from both sides of the company starting off as a pizza chef and developing and progressing through the rankings to now become a store manager. Even though I am more than enjoying my new role I have to admit that sometimes I do miss the pizza making part.


Marco Placidi

From: Chef in training to Team Leader

Favourite Core Value: Passion

Pizza Love: Bosco


Working for Base Wood Fired Pizza has given me a great opportunity for growth both professionally and personally. It has given me the opportunity to deal with a multicultural work environment, where respect for people is as central as attention for the product, it also pushed me out of my comfort zone to engage with a more managerial aspect of the business that I had never faced before. Long story short, a great company made up of great people.

Amy Lally

From: Order Taker to Store Manager

Favourite Core Value: People

Pizza Love: Create your Own: White Base, Goats Cheese, Baby Spinach, Chorizo & Olives.


In 2018 I joined Base as a part-time order taker, and I found myself growing along with the team and the store very naturally. From the beginning, I realised how much I loved working with people as being an order taker you’re dealing with various types of people through the phone and in-store which gave me the push to work harder and want to do better for the store. During my time working in Base, I have been able to grow and develop and move through the rankings to Store Manager which is my current position. I believe based off my previous early experience working as an OT in Base I aim to provide a positive and enjoyable workplace for my team while providing high-quality pizza to our customers.


Ionut Daire

From: Chef In Training to Team Leader

Favourite Core Value: Passion  

Pizza Love:  Create your Own: Garlic base, smoked chicken, pancetta with spring onion


I started working at Base in 2014 as a chef in training and after a month a position became available in our production kitchen as a chef and driver. This was where I started to learn how to make the pizzas from scratch. I wanted to learn everything about Base so this role in particular really suited me. It was interesting to see the process from start to finish.

In 2018 I was promoted to Team Leader for the production kitchen and it has been a learning experience for me and one I have been able to to develop and grow within.


Michael Kinsella

From:  Order Taker to Supervisor

Favourite Core Value: Passion

Pizza Love: Create Your Own: Smoked Mozzarella, Buffalo Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Nduja Sausage, Red Onion.


I started off as a part-time order taker and under a year I had worked my way up to full-time supervisor. I always value our customer’s feedback on matters to help improve the business and by using the tools in which I have been shown and bringing my own personality in able to achieve a high level of customer service. I was proud to be awarded “Best Customer Service” in my first year with the company at our company awards evening. I am thankful for Base for giving me the opportunity to grow and develop within the company. 

Kind at heart and always want to give the customer the best possible service.

Sarah Linnane

From: Order Taker to Assistant Store Manager

Favourite Core Value: People

Pizza Love: Create your Own: Red Base, Nduja, Red Onions with fresh chilies


I started working in Base in 2019 as a part-time order taker. I settled into the role and team very quickly thanks to the welcoming atmosphere within the store. I was delighted to have the opportunity to learn new skills from my co workers in more senior positions. As I gained more confidence within the role, the opportunity of becoming a store supervisor arose. This position allowed me to learn more about the store operations and to focus more on providing uncompromising quality to our customers. My favourite aspect of working in Base has been the people. Between co workers and customers, my interpersonal skills have improved and the experience has made me a more confident person. Throughout my time in Base I have become more passionate about quality in the catering industry, and I look forward to continuing my journey here over the coming years.


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