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 ten 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 pursue their own passions. Every second Friday, staff members who have less than ten emails in their inbox can leave mid-afternoon.
The team also enjoy 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.
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. Carolyn is actively involved with many charities that support thegrowth of happy and healthy young minds. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Carolyn’s business success has also seen her move into the public eye, appearing as a mentor on Channel 10’s Recipe to Riches.
Carolyn’s passion for healthy food made from real ingredients that don’t need to be hidden in fine print has cemented Carman’s reputation as a food brand that customers around the world can trust to be natural, healthy and delicious.
Carman’s has recently celebrated its 22nd birthday.