Mentor | Coach | Consultant | Entrepreneur
Horizons Unlimited Pty Ltd
Benchmarking Professional Standards for Organisational Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching
Melissa Richardson is one of Australia’s experts in coaching and mentoring, having worked in the field for over twenty-five years. She provides executive coaching and mentoring and works with senior leaders, business founders and entrepreneurs. She is trained to supervise coaches and mentors. She has experience across a broad spectrum of industries including professional services, government, financial services, building & construction, packaged goods, retail, telecommunications, and industry associations.
Melissa began her career in large FMCG multinationals, making her way to Marketing Director and leadership team member. She later co-founded a brand strategy and market research firm, where she led a practice specialising in corporate brand development, vision and culture alignment, and strategic planning.
Her interest in mentoring led her to co-found Art of Mentoring in 2015 with her son, Alex Richardson, later selling that business. She was CEO at Art of Mentoring until May, 2022, and exited fully in June 2023.
A lifelong learner and enthusiast for personal and professional development, Melissa has an undergraduate degree in psychology, postgraduate qualifications in Strategic Marketing, in Counselling, a Masters degree in Organisational Coaching, Diploma of Coaching Supervision, and is trained in Crucial Conversations, NLP and Play of Life. She is accredited in profiling tools such as LEA, LSI, Birkman and Personal Directions.