Our Story

In 2011, Paul Allam was inspired to set up The Bread & Butter Project following a trip with his wife, Jessica Grynberg, to Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border, where at the invitation of a local orphanage they taught a group of Karen refugee women how to bake bread and helped establish a social business to support these women and the orphanage.

On returning home, Paul along with his partner at Bourke Street Bakery, David McGuinness, decided to use their baking expertise and community spirit to set up a social enterprise bakery to empower the least privileged in our community. Their vision was that Bourke Street Bakery would gift its time, baking and hospitality expertise to establish a wholesale bakery where 100% of the profits would go towards training and employment opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers in Sydney. 


The Bread & Butter Project is a public company with a voluntary board of directors. As a social enterprise - we operate as a commercial business and at the same time are a registered charity with DGR status. 100% of our profits are channeled into creating opportunity and alleviating poverty. Currently bread & pastry sales fund 90% of our training and operation costs and donations fund the remaining 10%. We also rely on volunteers and pro bono assistance to help us achieve our goals.

Founding Team & Board

Cindy Carpenter - Chairperson
Cindy is an experienced management consultant, who was a Principal and then General Manager Aust/NZ for the Boston Consulting Group before co-founding the consulting firm, Cast, in 2010. She thrives on helping organisations achieve their boldest aspirations, and has advised many large and mid-sized corporates as well as not-for-profit and public sector organisations. She is a part-owner of the restaurants Pendolino and La Rosa in the Strand Arcade, and has an MBA from AGSM and Wharton School of Finance. 

Paul Allam - Founder
Paul has been a chef and baker for over twenty years.  In 2004, along with David McGuiness, he established the highly acclaimed Bourke Street Bakery.

David McGuiness - Co-Founder
A veteran of the hospitality industry, David is a chef with a particular passion for pastry. He has always seen Bourke Street Bakery as more than a business and has nurtured its place as a community bakery. David is thrilled Bourke Street Bakery has been able to initiate something as exciting, bold and life-changing as The Bread & Butter Project. 

Jessica Grynberg - Co-Founder
Jessica is a researcher and writing and communications consultant. The vast amount of her career has been in international and local documentary and factual entertainment TV as a researcher, Associate and development producer.
Sally McGeogh - Co-Founder
Sally has worked at the intersection of social entrepreneurship, business and philanthropy with the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). Sally has also worked at Oxfam and has been a sustainability and communications consultant. She currently works as a senior advisor at The Westpac Foundation.

Rachel Simons - Company Secretary/ Director
Rachel is a food entrepreneur and former employment lawyer, now living in New York.  After 15 years in the legal profession, working for Fairfax Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Rachel moved to the United States with her husband and family and is now pursuing her culinary career dreams by co-founding New Yorks first sesame concept store, Seed + Mill. Rachel holds an Arts Law Degree from the University of Sydney (First Class Hons) and was one of the founding Directors of The Bread & Butter Project
Chris Green - Board Member/ Director
Chris is an experienced investment banker, who has worked for Macquarie Group and PWC in Sydney and New York. Chris currently heads up Macquarie Capital's real estate group globally from New York. Chris has a bachelor of commerce and law from Sydney University.

Nicola Kalder - Board Member/ Director
After graduating from Brown University , in Providence RI, Nicola worked extensively in the retail industry in New York. Some of Nicolas previous employers include Victorias Secret and Brooks Brothers. Upon returning to Sydney in 2003 Nicola became a consultant with some leading retailers including General Pants and Carla Zampatti. In 2015 Nicola made the switch into the non for profit sector consulting with Sydney Story Factory and Folomo. Currently Nicola is a Donor Relations Manager at Variety The Children's Charity as well as a board member of Bangarra Dance Theatre and Kinderling Kids Radio.

Robert Biancardi - Board Member/ Director

is a Marketing and Finance professional that has worked at senior management levels at a number of leading companies in the financial and investment sector, including Citibank & Westpac. He has recently been a director of  Evolution Healthcare Ltd, a leader in Private Hospitals. Robert has also been a director of numerous companies, including RockRidge Private Equity,  Hutchisons CC Ltd, Eroma.com.au and is currently a director Cobalt Blue Holdings Ltd. 

He served as a Director and President of the Restaurant & Catering Association of NSW for 13 years. Robert has also been a Board member of   The Heart Foundation of Australia for over 7 years. Robert has recently joined the Board of the Diabetes ADEA Association.  Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a AGSM Diploma in Professional Administration form University of NSW. 
Jane Doolan - Board Member/ Director
Jane is a business development professional and lawyer who has worked with MinterEllison for 17 years with deep expertise in the government and health sectors as well as HR management and industrial relations.  Jane's real talent is the ability to build coalitions of the willing across the MinterEllison partnership to proactively solve clients' challenges.  She is a founding member and champion of MinterEllison's LGBTI network and passionately believes in the need to give people the opportunity to be fully alive in public and private.  Jane was on the board of St Vincent's College, Potts Point for 9 years and continues to be inspired by the mission of the Sisters of Charity in service to the poor.  

Our Sponsors & Supporters

Pro-Bono Partners


A Big Thank You...
Thank you for daring to dream with us.  By rolling up our sleeves in providing an honest craft we can make a difference to those who need it most.

Thank you also to our pro-bono supporters:

  • Suzanne Kuntz - Executive coaching and trainee support