Kathy Walker OAM is the founding Director of Early Life Foundations and is one of Australia's leading parenting and education experts, public speakers and authors. In 2012 and 2014 she was nominated for Australian of the Year, and in 2014 she was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM). She has received many additional awards and fellowships throughout her career. Kathy is a lead author with Penguin Publishing and the Australian Council of Educational Research with her texts Ready Set Go - School Readiness and Preparation, Parenting, What's the Hurry, Play Matters and Engagement Matters. Kathy is one of the country's leading curriculum and teaching and learning experts in personalised learning and is the designer of the first major personalised curriculum for schools in Australia, the Walker Learning Approach, which is implemented across Australia and internationally. Her latest book Future Proofing Your Children is due for release through Penguin Publishing in 2015. Kathy is the Founding Director of Early Life Foundations, one of Australia's leading parenting and education consultancies in areas of research and consultation in education and parenting. Her expertise in these areas spans over 30 years.