Paul Lindley

Founder and CEO, Ella’s Kitchen

Paul is one of the UKs leading entrepreneurs. He founded Ella’s kitchen in 2006, with a mission to improve children’s lives through developing healthy relationships with food, and it is now the biggest baby food brand in the UK.  He is co-founder of The Key is E, a charity that supports entrepreneurs in Africa whose businesses benefit children.   In January  2015  Paul  launched  Paddy’s  Bathroom,  a  kids  organic  toiletries  brand  which, through  its  Drop  Buy  Drop  programme,  provides  clean  water  for  children  in  Rwanda. Paul believes the best businesses are those that make profits and have a core purpose to  do  social  good;  his  personal  focus  is  upon  improving  the  rights  and  welfare  of children.

In seven years the company has grown from a small business to a division of a NASDAQ listed company. Hain Celestial acquired Ella’s Kitchen in May 2013.  Paul is now CEO of the Global Infant Toddler and Kids division under which Ella’s Kitchen and the leading US organic kids food brand, Earth’s Best sit.

In 2011 Paul won both Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Business Awards and Business Person of the Year at the Oxfordshire Business Awards. In 2013 he published an influential report on improving children’s health in the UK, Averting a Recipe for Disaster.

Paul sits on the Santander SME advisory board, is an ambassador for the Family and Childcare Trust. He recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Reading for his contribution to improving children’s health and his work as an entrepreneur.

Paul Lindley loves to explore, dream and discover. He was born in Sheffield, England and grew up in Zambia, where his explorations, dreams and discoveries truly began. Graduating from the University of Bristol, he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London and Los Angeles. He then spent nine years at Nickelodeon UK, where he rose from Financial Controller to Deputy Managing Director. These career and character forming years gave him a passion for children’s issues and a deep understanding of how children think.