Alex Shead Director of Food ladder

Alex Shead – Founding Chairman, Director

With a wide range of entrepreneurial business experience, Alex has a 25 year track record in large scale merger and acquisition activity.

As an entrepreneur CEO, Alex has been a founder of numerous insurance businesses including Stuart Alexander in the UK and Winsure in Australia, both of which were sold to public quoted companies. Alex is also the Executive Chairman of Lockton Australia.

Alex conceived of and established Fair Business in 2008 in order to use his experience in business to create lasting social change. From this foundation in 2010, together with Kelly McJannett, Food Ladder was created to tackle inequality, food security and environmental issues on a global scale using the model of social enterprise for scale.

Kelly McJannett – CEO and co-founder

Kelly McJannett – CEO and co-founder, Director

Kelly McJannett is experienced in the development of high impact start ups that create broad reaching, sustainable impact and change.

As the CEO and co-founder of Food Ladder, Kelly has driven the organisation’s growth throughout Indigenous communities in Australia and its international replication across some of the most challenging and remote communities on earth.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations from The University of Technology Sydney and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Sydney, where she held a full scholarship for her work in community development.

Kelly is passionate about creating sustainable solutions for pervasive social issues affecting communities around the world, and galvanising the power and passion of organisations, individuals and governments to do this.

In November 2016, the Australian Financial Review named Kelly among Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women.

Jane Clifford

Jane Clifford – Director

Jane Clifford joined the Board of Food Ladder in July 2019 after having supported the not for profit organisation with advocacy and backing for many years.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma in Education from UNSW, Jane has worked in public education for twenty years and has a strong commitment to social justice and philanthropy.

A Director of the JAAM Foundation since June 2012, the foundation has supported organisations working in the arts, education, health, domestic violence and the environment.

Jane is the Inaugural Chair of ‘Champions of Change’ from 2019, for Social Ventures Australia and a philanthropic supporter of The Bright Spots Schools Connection.

Jane is an active member of the Sydney Committee of Human Rights Watch since 2018 and Room To Read.

Jane has worked on fundraising events with Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the JAAM Foundation was a matching donor for AWC’s Feral Cat Challenge raising contributions of 1.5 million.  Jane has also worked on a number of fundraising committees including YWCA NSW,  Dance Noir for Sydney Dance and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Darren Milne

Darren Milne – Director

Darren joined the insurance industry commencing into the family business in 1986 whilst pursuing further studies and took over the management of Milne Alexander in 1999. A sale of the business took place in 2018 following extensive growth.

With an entrepreneurial approach Milne Alexander grew significantly, and employed over 30 well respected industry specialists prior to the sale. Darren completed 8 insurance broker acquisitions, involved in the process/detail, integration and profit driving.

Specialties: Strategic Direction, Growth Planning and Implementation, Acquisitions of Insurance related businesses, Workplace Culture Specialist.