Founder, Ella's Kitchen & Paddy's Bathroom | Co-Founder, The Key is E
Paul Lindley founded Ella's Kitchen after nine years at Nickelodeon, where he rose from Financial Controller to Deputy Managing Director. Previously, he had trained and qualified as an accountant at KPMG. Paul's daughter Ella was the inspiration behind the creation of Ella’s Kitchen and, recognising a gap in the children’s food market, Paul gave up his job at Nickelodeon in 2004 to embark on a research mission. Investigating the worlds of grocery retail, food manufacturing and the FMCG industry, he concluded that Ella’s Kitchen would not only be a viable but essential addition to the existing market. Ella’s Kitchen grew extremely quickly, catching the zeitgeist of our times and really connecting with parents and, most importantly, kids. In 2014 Ella’s Kitchen had a turnover of $100 million, and less than every second of every day, someone somewhere around the world eats an Ella’s Kitchen product. Paul has won multiple accolades, including the national Entrepreneur of the Year Award in both 2011 and 2012. In 2014, he co-founded a social enterprise with hip hop artist and activist Emmanuel Jal, and in 2015 he founded Paddy's Bathroom, which has a core social goal to provide clean water to Africa’s poorest children.