Carolyn Creswell

Founder and CEO, Carmans Fine Foods

Carman’s founder Carolyn Creswell is an inspirational leader whose success proves that you can run a multinational business, love what you do and have a genuine work-life balance.

As an 18 year old university student, Carolyn Creswell founded Carman’s in 1992. She bought the tiny business for $1,000. This year Carman’s proudly celebrates its 25th birthday and is Australia’s number one selling muesli brand along with being a leader of deliciously good for you bars and nutritional snacks.

From humble beginnings where Carolyn used to park her tiny Daewoo alongside semi-trailers in supermarket loading docks, Carolyn’s determination and focus on producing quality products using whole foods, has seen Carman’s build a strong following in more than 32 countries around the world.

Carolyn’s business acumen has led to a number of accolades including being named the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the winner of 2007 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Carolyn sits on the Board of the Human Rights Law Centre and is an Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and the Australian Childhood Foundation. She is also Patron of the St Kilda Gatehouse.