Melissa Walsh


Melissa is the CEO at Early Life Foundations and has worked in various teaching and learning positions within education, the corporate sector and private enterprise for more than 30 years. Melissa is a strategic leader dedicated to innovation and continuous improvement and growth.

Prior to partnering with Early Life Foundations, Melissa co – founded a successful business specialising in education software and distribution.

Her career background has also included senior business management roles, teaching and lecturing positions. Melissa has tertiary qualifications in education and is currently completing a Masters in Education. Melissa advocates for the education and well-being of children of all ages, and will ensure that Kathy Walker’s mission to create ‘ a child focused world ‘ will be upheld, that the organisation remains an independent voice for all educators and that our professional learning can be accessed nationally and internationally.

As a mother of two young men who pushed back against conventional education and achieved excellence, Melissa advocates for individualised and personalised learning and has a strong desire to help as many children as possible learn through Walker Learning – a holistic and personalised learning approach committed to set all children up for success ( no matter who they are, where they live, their religion, culture, opportunities or challenges).