Mel has built a 20 year career as a therapist, business consultant and leadership coach for high performing people. A thought leader in Confidence and Courage, Mel draws on her background in psychology, as well as stage and screen performance, to ensure her speaking and consulting engagements are highly informative, actionable (and always entertaining!).
Mel’s work with NAB led to the development of the successful Start Counting program, a workshop series to empower women to make smart life and money choices. Her media presence has steadily built over the past decade, resulting in her becoming one of Australia’s highest-profile relationship coaches and experts. As a speaker, Mel educates and entertains with her unique combination of science-backed research, light-hearted story-telling and interactive audience participation.
She has graced the stage for organisations such as Business Chicks, Financial Executive Women and What Women Want, earning her sea legs as she wobbled her way through a 5-part speaking series, The Thrive Series, onboard P&O Cruises.
Mel has appeared on Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight for the past nine years, and 2023 will see her once again return to Australian and international screens. Mel’s warm, yet direct style and colourful facial expressions have earned her a place in Australia’s heart. Presenting a balanced approach with a clear feminist perspective, Mel has a reputation for asking the hard questions, making people accountable for their actions and shining the spotlight on gender politics in relationships.
In 2021, Mel joined the UK version of MAFS undergoing a massive makeover and adopting the Australian format, working alongside sex therapist Charlene Douglas and “the world’s most influential matchmaker” Paul C Bronson. What’s more in 2022, Mel has penned a new book and launched an online membership experience – The C Word. Themed around confidence, it’s expertly aimed at helping guide high-achieving women to live extraordinary lives without leaving their comfort zone. Mel says, “Courage emerges when what you want is bigger than what you fear.”
Mel is the relationship expert I related to the most during the experiment. She really took the time to get to know me and always showed warmth, compassion and care. Mel really helped me get through to the end and open up to love– MAFS participant
Mel is warm, approachable, caring and makes you feel like she has your back. She openly shares her own mistakes in dating and relationships and how she found success in love and shares these teachings with you. I came away feeling more positive, confident and ready to get back out there– Jane D.
I did a 2-day workshop with Mel through Business Chicks which I thought was only going to be about dating however I learnt so much more about myself, how I form relationships and how to set boundaries with family, friends and partners. It gave me the foundations to build much deeper and more successful relationships in my personal and professional life– Kylie Business Chicks Member