Meet the Team
Michael Hawton, MAPS, B.A., Grad. Dip. (App. Psych.), Dip. (Teaching), Grad. Cert. (Bus. Admin.)
Michael Hawton is a registered psychologist, trained teacher, author, international speaker, media commentator and father of two. Michael is one of Australia’s foremost experts in managing difficult behaviour. He has 28 years’ experience working with children and families including in his private practice, working with the United Nations in Seychelles, and he has also prepared child welfare reports for the Family Court. Michael’s training program, 1-2-3 Magic® and Emotion Coaching, has been delivered to over 11,000 professionals and teachers and 110,000 parents across Australia, NZ, UK and the United States since 2006. He also developed Engaging Adolescents™ for parents and Tough Conversations™ for school leaders, early years educators, child protection workers and secondary school teachers. He is the author of parenting book, Talk Less Listen More™, which has also been produced as an e-course and Engaging Adolescents™.
Philip has worked as CFO, finance director and general management across many industries for 25 years.
Specialising in support for the SME market, Philip has developed skills across multiple disciplines, including Finance, Accounting, Tax, IT and cloud based systems.
As a father of teenage girls, Philip is passionate to get Michaels message out to the world… who can’t do with a little help in managing behaviour!
Fiona has a diverse background in equestrian studies, event management, marketing, executive assistant and office manager roles. She moved to Australia from England in 2007 and immersed herself in vibrant city living in Sydney as a senior event manager. 6 years ago she moved with her husband to Lennox Head where she sought a slower pace of life and a more family friendly environment to bring up her children. Having started at Parentshop as the event manager, she has now moved into the general manager position and loves watching the Parentshop brand grow. She is known in the office as the ‘air traffic controller’ and is passionate about promoting our valuable events for parents and professionals.
After growing up in the UK and enjoying a varied career as a PA for a Consulting Engineering Company and more recently a busy International Trading Company in London, Michelle decided to move to Australia with her family. She chose to settle in Lennox Head enjoying the family friendly surf town and relaxed beach life. Michelle has just started working with Parentshop as their Administrative Assistant and is proud to be part of the team helping the company grow.
David Hinton - MHRM
Training & Development, BEd, BA(Ed), Grad.Cert.(HRM)
David was a Principal for twenty years in both Primary and Secondary schools, from small rural schools to large urban schools within the Victorian education system. He has also recently worked internationally as the Director of a school improvement project in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi). His areas of expertise include; leadership development, strategic planning, organisational development and improvement. David is the CEO of an educational training and consultancy company. David is passionate about making a difference; he believes that personal well-being is paramount to a successful and satisfying career. Being the best version of yourself, professionally and personally, requires an appropriate work-life balance and commitment to ongoing professional growth.
After growing up in the local Byron Bay area, Lizzie moved to Sydney to complete her Bachelor of Business, majoring in Event Management. Lizzie had the opportunity to volunteer with some incredible events including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and One Fine Day Wedding Fairs, going on to intern with Business Chicks and Luxperience in her final semester of study. After she completed her studies, Lizzie made the move back to her hometown to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle. Lizzie has a strong passion for placing value upon people and loves the diversity of the clientele at Parentshop. Lizzie is an event dynamo and loves the fast paced environment. Lizzie also works closely with Fiona our General Manager to create beautiful marketing collateral.
Research & Development
Caitlin started her professional life in the film and television industry in Melbourne and Sydney and for many years worked on some of our favourite old TV shows. When it was time for children, the long days and time away on location was not ideal and Caitlin moved into sales with a Theatre in Education organisation to provide quality performing arts productions with educational themes to schools across Australia. With children now grown and moved on, Caitlin has opted for the quiet life in Brunswick Heads NSW and a sales role with Parentshop providing quality professional development to the community health and education sectors.
Rob Steventon BA, MEd, PhD.
Rob Steventon has been a Primary School Principal for 37 years and specialised in gifted and talented education, inclusion of students with physical disabilities within mainstream education, and consulting in social/emotional learning (SEL) for students, staff, and parents. He has a strong desire to support school leaders who face intense challenges in times of unprecedented expectations.
Regional Master Trainer (Western Australia & Northern Territory)
Brad Williams is the Director of Behaviour Tonics and Parentshop’s regional master trainer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Prior to co-founding Behaviour Tonics with his wife Lisa in 2004 and becoming a father of two primary school-aged children, Brad worked with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for 10 years, working specifically with children experiencing significant emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Brad facilitates a wide range of professional development and parent education courses and is a consultant to many public, private and independent schools, mostly in the area of behaviour management. He has worked with over 12,000 parents, teachers and health professionals from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, taking him from Esperance to Perth to Arnhem Land. Brad is a great character and has appeared on TV and radio to share his extensive knowledge and humorous storytelling.
Training & Development, BSc(Hons), Grad Dip M, MA
Angharad Candlin is a Registered Psychologist and has been working with families for over 25 years; for the last 9 years she has been working specifically in the area of parent education. Working with teams of professionals she has authored two evaluated and published parenting programs in the areas of high conflict post separation and child protection. Angharad is also a Board Authorised Supervisor with AHPRA, Adjunct Supervisor with Macquarie University’s Masters of Professional Psychology and is the current Chairperson of the Board of the Institute of Group Leaders. She regularly trains, supervises and mentors Group Facilitators and has presented at many conferences, parenting events and in the media.
Catherine van der Vossen
Catherine van der Vossen has dedicated her professional life to the development of students, teachers and school leaders. She has worked in Public Education in WA for most of this time as a secondary classroom teacher, Vocational Education and Training coordinator, workplace trainer and assessor, and more recently as a professional learning consultant with the Institute for Professional Learning. Catherine has a passion for leading a positive learning culture in the workplace. With her experience in designing and delivering professional learning across WA, Catherine believes change begins with a commitment to quality, targeted professional learning that has a measurable impact and leads to successful outcomes for all.
BEd (Adult Education), Cert IV Training and Assessment, Adv. Cert. Personnel Mgt.
Monique Dickerson has over 20 years of experience facilitating and developing workshops for the Community, Vocational and Corporate sectors. She regularly leads “Train the Trainer” programs to skill up professionals to run programs relating to parents with high conflict post separation and parents involved with child protection services. She was also a member of the development team for the award winning My Kids and Me program.
Since 2010 Monique has been facilitating parenting groups for the diverse population of Sydney’s South West. This experience continues to challenge her to explore and implement innovative group facilitation techniques which effectively engages participants with varying needs.
Most importantly Monique is a mum of two fabulous teenagers who grew up on heaped spoonful’s of Parentshop principles!