Our Team

Our Team

The Journey Early Learning Team have a comprehensive first-hand experience within the early childhood sector. We are motivated and excited for the journey we are on to achieve excellence in early childhood education and care and to inspire lifelong learning.

At Journey Early Learning , our team prides itself on the quality of our curriculum, the character of our team and the connections we share with our families and communities.


Ryan Meldrum | Founder

Ryan is motivated and excited for the journey we are on to achieve excellence in early childhood education and care and to inspire lifelong learning. With a young family of his own, Ryan is aware of the commitment Journey needs to make each day to the families and children who attend our centres.

Bringing together Ryan’s personal values and over 14 years experience in the early childhood sector, he is passionate about the positive impact Journey Early Learning can have on all of our lives.

Ryan was previously Founder and CEO of the Expect Group, a leading national training and recruitment company specialising in the early childhood sector. The group currently provides educators to over 2,000 centres across Australia.

Ryan’s success has been recognised by numerous business awards including the Telstra Business Awards, My Business Magazine Annual Awards and the Anthill Magazine Innovation Awards.


Lisa Bassett | Finance Manager

Lisa is a finance and corporate governance professional who brings a wealth of experience to Journey Early Learning. With a background in chartered accounting, she has worked with a range of small and large businesses.

Lisa has a history of providing high standards of financial management, delivering significant projects, system implementations and strategic support.  Lisa provides invaluable support to team members, clients & stakeholders.

Commercially, Lisa has held accounting and head of finance roles both in Australia and the UK, working in the financial services, new media and education sectors. As an undergraduate tutor at The University of Sydney, she also demonstrates a passion for education.

With a young family of her own, Lisa understands the substantial impact teachers, mentors and educators have on children and values those who take a personal interest in an individual child.  She is passionate about Journey’s commitment to inspiring lifelong learning.


Paula Moffat | Team Support

Paula has been working in the early learning sector for many years in a variety of roles including Recruitment, Human Resources and Operations.

Her passion for business improvement and supporting teams to achieve great outcomes had her supporting over 650 centres and centre support staff for one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit early learning providers.

Paula brings a long professional career of team leadership and is excited to see the Journey teams working together to support their children and families and become an integral part of their local community.

As a proud mother of two school age children, Paula is very passionate about creating the best possible environments for young people to play, learn and grow.



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