Kate Soulsby - Carlton Manager, CommUnications & Finance
When not managing the Carlton Market, Kate can be found at Ceres Fair Food. It's safe to say her life is filled with vegetables - just the way she likes it. When not at work Kate loves brewing and experimenting with ferments and food in her kitchen, sharing food, drinks and laughter with friends or out in the hills walking, foraging or trail running in the sunshine. Originally from New Zealand, Kate now calls Melbourne home. The amazing diversity of people and culture is what keeps her here (and the coffee doesn't hurt).
Leila Alexandra - Operations Manager
Leila grew up on an organic permaculture farm in Gippsland, which nurtured her passion for good healthy food and fascination with the way societies, cultures and environments interact. She has worked as a language teacher; managed her family farm; helped Ethiopian farmers improve livelihoods though sustainable land management; and taught sustainability programs at CERES.
Her favourite vegetable is cucumber – she eats them whole and likes to hear them go crunch!
Anna Scobie - Fitzroy Manager
Anna's always been a lover of food. As a qualified dietitian, she's dedicated over six years to studying the goodness of fruits and veggies. However, she has never been known to turn down dessert. When she's not at the market, you'll often find her baking and experimenting in the kitchen.
Her favourite fruit would have to be banana, just because it can eaten alone, with a meal or with dessert.
She's always up for a chat about food, so pop down to our Fitzroy market to share your favourite recipes with her!
Hamsa Farah - Flemington Manager
Hamsa's love for fresh fruit and veggies can be seen by the smile he has when running every weekly market. He is currently en route to becoming an Environmental Scientist so he can work on improving land management techniques to support local farmers so we can have more delicious fruit and veggies at the dinner table. When not at the Market he can be always found in regional towns exploring the beautiful natural landscape Australia has to offer.
His favourite fruit has to be a nice juicy watermelon because it can always be shared with everyone.
Stella Yap - Mernda Manager
Stella has always love cooking and baking, she would spend hours in the kitchen. When she's not at the market, she loves sharing her foods and recipes with friends and family. originally from Malaysia, she now calls Melbourne her home.
Her favourite vegetable is baby spinach as it can be eaten alone or with omelettes.
Tamsin Hadfield - Pakenham Manager
Tamsin has a lot to do with food in her local area of the Cardinia Shire. As well as running our Pakenham market, she’s a food animator at the Cardinia Movement. She’s got a lot to do with food in her spare time too! When Tamsin isn’t at the market she can be found at the Community Garden or filling free food pantries and loves cooking new and interesting meals for her family. She loves fruit especially white nectarines and the only veg she really doesn’t like is parsnip.
Heather Seely - Pedal Powered Produce
With a background in nutrition and an (almost) Master's degree in food sustainability, it's safe to say that 99% of the thoughts that run through Heather's mind are food-related. Originally from the United States, Heather has been helping out with The Community Grocer's pedal-powered produce veggie box delivery scheme. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and eating, dabbling in food growing, and exploring all that her new home has to offer.
Her favourite veg is what inspired her to try to grow some of her own food--heirloom tomatoes, so she could eat them like apples :)