About Rod Soper

Rod has more than thirty years in the fields of education and leadership design.

He has held a range of senior positions, including Head of Primary Years, Assistant Principal (P-12), Director of Early Years Learning in the preschool space, senior researcher and leadership designer.

Rod’s expertise in the fields of education and leadership includes research into ontological and interpersonal development, critical thinking, pedagogy and transformational learning environments, educational change and leadership. He has led numerous research projects and published papers and book chapters within the field of education, teaching practice, learning design, leadership and organisational change.

Rod is passionate about learning in all its forms and aims to provide optimum opportunities for all learners to realise their full potential. Through his work, he aims to build a network of transformational educators and leaders by facilitating change through personal growth, creative, critical and reflective thinking and innovative practice.

The establishment of Thinkers.inq is one way Rod is demonstrating his commitment and vision to foster a community of creative and inquiring minds, whether that be teachers, families and children, that can go forward into the world with confidence, open-mindedness and passionate curiosity.

Rod also has published his first children's book: The Great Gratitude Surprise.


The happy preschooler
The happy preschooler

About Mel Browne

Mel is an award winning ex-financial advisor & ex-accountant who went from having less than nothing in her 30s to becoming a multi-millionaire and having financial independence in her 40s.

Mel’s mission is to help women & families work towards choice through financial empowerment. The main way Mel does that is through her signature 8 week course, the My Financial Adulting Plan which has had more than 3,000 people through its doors in the last 3 years.  She also works with corporates to create practical, sustainable financial well being strategies in their workplaces.

Mel wrote a fortnightly column for the Money Section in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age for seven years as well as being a regular contributor for CEO Magazine, Yahoo Finance and other publications. She makes regular TV and radio appearances including Triple J’s The Hack, the Today Show, Weekend Sunrise, Weekend Today, Sky Business and The Daily Edition. She has also been featured in or written articles for Cosmopolitan, Who, Vogue, Elle, The Collective, Harpers Bazaar, Rendezvous, Madison and more. In 2013 she was featured as one of Australia’s 100 most inspiring women in Madison magazine and in 2016 was named one of The Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

She is the author of 4 books: More Money for Shoes, Fabulous but Broke, Unf*ck you Finances and Budgets don't Work (but this does).