Lee van Ryneveld (Backsberg)
Lee Ann entered the industry completing her in service training at various Hotels within the Protea Group. With a keen interest in nature, she took up a work opportunity at the Award Winning Mabula Game Lodge, focussing on banqueting, conferencing and incentive groups as Banqueting Manager. After relocating to Cape Town, Lee held the position of Restaurant Manager and then promoted to Banqueting Manager overseeing hundreds of weddings and corporate functions at the grand facilities at the Lanserac Hotel and Wine Estate.
After getting married, Lee Ann started her international travels in Europe which included managing Food and Beverage outlets and restaurants on Various Golf Estates across the UK. Managing restaurants in Jersey and finishing off her travels as Banqueting Manager at the prestigious Bishops Palace in Wales
Returning to SA, Lee was swooped up by the Orient Express Hotel Group to operate their world renowned Game Trackers Lodges with a multiple of camps in the Botswana Delta for 3 years. In 2003, Lee took up employment at Leinster Hall Restaurant with Wynand winning several awards and has since been involved in several ventures paving the way to Backsberg Estate Cellars.
Here, Lee does not only use her excellent banqueting skills to ensure that functions are coordinated and run perfectly every time, but also uses her vast food and beverage operational skills to manage the restaurants and wine tasting centres operated by Backsberg.
Suzanne Pittaway (Groups Financial Controller)
Suzanne is a dynamic and personable individual who takes her work seriously. She has been involved with accountancy since leaving school in 1989. Over the years she has been Financial Manager of three large corporate businesses. Three years ago she decided to leave the corporate environment and to pursue her own business. Suzanne works for a number of clients over a large variety of industries. In such this also gives Suzanne insights to a lot of daily business practices etc which have stood her in good stead to add value to any business she is involved with. She is loyal, dependable, very trustworthy and thorough. Her motto “if it is 1 cent out it doesn’t balance!!”
Suzanne takes full control of group accounting and financial management from planning phase, through implementation to evaluating operating progress at Extreem and its affiliates. Suzanne’s attention to detail and calm, pleasant nature has been a major benefit to Extreem in the accounting department, ensuring bills are paid timiously.
The Rest of The Gang
Extreem has a complement of in-house chefs, co-ordinators and administrative staff, which is specially geared to customer service. Together they form the foundation for the chefs to perform at their best, exceeding customer expectations. The background staff ensure that all the logistics and infrastructure is taken care of professionally, to create the ideal working environment to enable the chefs to perform efficiently and to maintain the standards that they are renowned for.