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 – Head of Partnerships

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.

Indy Shead – Research Assistant

Indy is studying a Bachelor of Philosophy Honours (Humanities and Social Sciences) at the Australian National University, majoring in English and Gender, Society and Culture. Indy joined Food Ladder in 2021 with a commitment to supporting the School Rollout Program and fostering impactful long-lasting relations.