Waratah Hotel Management
Waratah Hotel Management is a privately-owned company that manages the daily operations of a portfolio of pub and accommodation venues including those owned by Waratah Hotel Group. More information on Waratah Hotel Management’s relationship to Waratah Hotel Group in its capacity as Asset Manager is available in the Group’s constitutions

Meet our team

Darren Baker


Darren has over 30 years’ experience owning and operating small businesses and hotels. He was a director and responsible manager of Tankstream Funds Management Limited from inception of the Tankstream Pub and Leisure Fund as Waratah Hotel  Group was then called. Darren is experienced in all facets of hotel operation. His primary areas of responsibility are investment fund management and hotel portfolio management.

BJ Hansen

Group Operations Manager

BJ has over 15 years experience as Group Executive Chef including eight years with Icon Hospitality and seven years as an Operations Manager for Waratah Hotel Management. BJ’s knowledge of hotel management and kitchen operations has proven valuable to Waratah Hotel Management. He has a hands on approach, and every week you will find BJ at one of the venues – whether it’s in Alice Springs, or one of the regional NSW venues.

David Male

Group Systems Manager

David has extensive hands-on experience in information systems, information technologies, and operations within the hotel sector.  Over the past 12 years David has been responsible for overseeing the architecture and implementation of all operational and business support systems for hotels managed by Waratah Hotel Management including the Waratah Hotel Fund.  David’s deep understanding in areas such as stock control and pricing has consistently delivered increased profitability through improved margins and a reduction in wastage.

James Templeman

Group Marketing Manager

James is a marketing professional with 14 years’ experience who can commercialise and deliver innovative multi-channel marketing campaigns. He leverages experience from the direct response, offline and digital environments to deliver effective branding and performance based solutions. Prior to specialising in marketing, James worked in food and beverage operations management for 10 years working across a variety of environments in the UK and Australia, including large suburban hotels, private members bars, fine dining restaurants, and outdoor events.