People

Alex Shead – Founding Chairman

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

Kelly McJannett – CEO and co-founder

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

Tate Brammer – Head of Operations

Tate is a passionate, inquisitive and driven operations manager. He has 15-years’ experience in the delivery of complex infrastructure projects.

Scott McDonald – Horticulture and Training Manager

Scott’s career in horticulture and related industries extends over 30 years, 25 years of which have been in Australia’s Northern Territory.


Nigel McLean – Project Coordinator

Nigel has worked in the agriculture sector since 1991, after he graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Diploma in Applied Science in Aquaculture. 

Kumar Chandan – India Manager

Kumar has a diverse array of experience in project management, for projects pertaining to agri-business, rural electrification, renewable energy and education.

Graeme Smith – Greenhouse Technical Advisor

With over 25 years of experience in soil-less hydroponics, Graeme brings best-in-class knowledge and acumen to Food Ladder’s ambitious goal: to make its technology available to the most disadvantaged communities in the world.

Lucy Payne – Culinary Health Manager

Lucy is charismatic and diligent with a passion for food, nutrition, sustainability and culinary content creation. Lucy graduated from the Australian National University in 2014 with a double degree in Arts and Commerce and since then has been working in full-service stockbroking and wealth management. More recently, Lucy moved from being the head of direct clients at a trading platform in Australia.

Lucy joined Food Ladder in 2021 with a view to utilise her strong understanding of platforms and client management to engage with our invaluable donors. Additionally, to facilitate partnership development,
and aid in the success of the School Rollout Program which is a strong focus going forward. Lucy believes Food Ladder is a positive catalyst for fostering school age children to have a greater understanding of
the importance of fresh produce, good nutrition, healthy eating, engaging cooking principles and their long term wellbeing.