Carolyn Creswell is founder and managing director of Carman's Fine Foods which is now in it's 23rd year. She single-handedly grew this business from its origins, hand-making muesli for a few Melbourne cafes and delis, to a multinational company that now turns over more than $50 million annually. A humble and warm presenter, with the combination of her success and amazing ability to connect and communicate has turned her into a TV celebrity.
Carman’s founder Carolyn Creswell is an inspirational leader whose success proves that you can run a multinational business and still love what you do and have a genuine work-life balance.
Carolyn has grown Carman’s to become the number one selling gourmet muesli brand on Australian supermarket shelves, while at the same time maintaining a successful relationship with her husband Peter and raising four kids aged eleven and under!
Over two decades, Carolyn has focused on producing delicious tasting products using real ingredients. From humble beginnings where at age 18 Carolyn used to park her tiny Daewoo alongside semi-trailers in supermarket loading docks, Carolyn’s determination has seen Carman’s build a strong following in more than 32 countries around the world.
As a proud mother, Carolyn understands the importance of producing nourishing foods for herself and her family and applies this philosophy to every Carman’s product.
Carolyn’s own commitment to a healthy work-life balance is also reflected at the Carman’s office. Many employees work flexible hours and are encouraged to attend their children’s special events and even take time out to pursue their own passions.
The team also enjoys eating lunch together around the boardroom table - trying to take out honours of daily quiz master. Carman’s warm and encouraging environment provides a truly enjoyable place to work with a very low staff turnover.
Carman’s has recently celebrated its 23rd birthday. 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 Boards of The Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation, and the Human Rights Law Centre. She is an Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, the Australian Childhood Foundation and Patron of the St Kilda Gatehouse.
Great speaker & great story. Simply interesting & engaging.
Buxton Real Estate
Carolyn was fantastic, she has an amazing story and we would book her again!
Success Resources Australia