We have a fantastic team of dedicated market managers who run the markets every week - rain, hail or shine - as well as a team of two behind the scenes.
Our board of talented professionals from all walks of life volunteer their time to help guide the organisations' strategic direction.
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!
Kate Soulsby - Finance
It's safe to say Kate’s life is filled with vegetables - just the way she likes it. Kate previously managed the Carlton market and worked at Ceres Fair Food. When not at work, she 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).
Heather Seely - CommUnications, FAWKNER & Carlton MANAGER
With a background in nutrition and 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 pioneered The Community Grocer's pedal-powered produce veggie box delivery scheme. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, 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 good she could eat them like apples!
Greta - Fitzroy & Flemington Manager
Food is definitely a theme in Greta’s life, whether it’s gardening, foraging, cooking feasts, making sauces and ferments or making sculptures out of fruit and vegetables… She doesn’t really do favourites but gets excited about produce with noses and cool hairstyles.
Her other interests are far reaching. She’s into everything to do with grassroots social change and since her studies in community development she’s worked on gender equity and community inclusion projects. She’s also a shoemaker and loves all things crafty as well as circus, dancing, singing, reading, writing and spending time in the bush.
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.