Emma Richardson

Founding Director, Executive Director

Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Master of Education (Research). 

Emma is a passionate educator and is proud to lead the Valad Solutions team into its second decade. Since the Company was established in 2009, Emma has welcomed and supported many new team members as they collectively deliver high quality, expert advice and programs across education sectors. She is motivated by her desire to support systems, schools and educators to provide the best opportunities for student learning; particularly for those experiencing disadvantage.  

As a Founding Director of the Company in 2009 and now the sole Executive Director, Emma is responsible for ensuring that all services provided by Valad Solutions meet and exceed client expectations. Her knowledge and expertise are informed by her work in consultancy since 2006, which has included school reviews across three sectors, research and evaluation, and the design and delivery of professional learning.  

Prior to consultancy, Emma was an active member of the academic research community. She has taught internationally and locally at university and held numerous roles in schools as a teacher and school leader. Emma’s work encompasses Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary teaching contexts. Emma also brings expertise from work in the corporate sector prior to teaching. This included various roles in administration and human resources in diverse fields such as advertising, banking, IT and facilities management.