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Meet the Team

Empowering Lifelong Behaviour Change

Michael Hawton, MAPS, B.A., Grad. Dip. (App. Psych.), Dip. (Teaching), Grad. Cert. (Bus. Admin.)

Michael Hawton, MAPS, B.A., Grad. Dip. (App. Psych.), Dip. (Teaching), Grad. Cert. (Bus. Admin.)

Parentshop Founder

Michael Hawton is a registered Australian psychologist, trained teacher, author of Talk Less Listen More and Engaging Adolescents™, international speaker, media commentator, and a father of two.
With 30 years’ experience working with children and families including in his private practice, working with the United Nations in Seychelles, and preparing child welfare reports for the Family Court, Michael is one of Australia’s foremost experts in managing difficult behaviours in children, adolescents, and adults.
Featuring regularly as a panel guest advisor on shows such as Today, Sunrise and more, Michael teaches teachers, family workers, early years educators, and parents based the latest research in behavioural science, covering a range of topics such as positive cultural change in schools, how to have tough conversations in the workplace, improving self-regulation in children, reducing anxiety in children, managing tricky adolescent behaviours, and tackling family of origin issues in child protection.
Michael’s training programs have equiped over +12,500 professionals and teachers and +110,000 parents across Australia, NZ, UK, and the United States since 2006 through 1-2-3 Magic® and Emotion Coaching, Engaging Adolescents™ and Tough Conversations™.

Meet the Head Office Team

Caitlin Kirkpatrick

Caitlin Kirkpatrick

Business Development Executive

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. Caitlin now heads the sales and research team at Parentshop building extensive relationships throughout the community health, early learning and education sectors.

Hayley Cravigan

Hayley Cravigan

Communications & Partnerships Manager

Hayley has over 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, management, marketing and events. Hayley has worked in strategic communications in London and Sydney managing major change projects and Australia wide communication teams. Hayley then moved into events trying her hand at managing large scale events as General Manager for a Sydney catering company working on events ranging from boardroom lunches to large public events of over 5,000 people. 

Eager to move home to the Byron area with her family, Hayley bought an existing wedding planning business and has been creating beautiful high-end wedding in the Byron Bay area for the last few years. 

Hayley brings her creativity, management and communications experience to Parentshop to fulfil its vision for ‘lifelong behaviour change’ for individuals, families and communities.

Emily West

Emily West

Learning Coordinator & Webinar Producer

Emily has over 10 years’ experience in managing & coordinating events of all shapes & sizes. After graduating with an Events & Marketing qualification, Emily began her career in conferences & exhibitions in Sydney (with a fun little stint in coordinating NRL games thrown in there!).

She quickly found she wanted more and moved to study Public Health & Health Promotion, with a view to targeting her events experience toward helping others. Loving working in the not-for-profit sector but deciding to relocate to the Northern Rivers for her young family, Emily found herself working in the thriving Byron wedding industry.

With a view to landing back in a role that utilises her interest in the health & wellbeing of others, Emily brings her events & marketing know-how to Parentshop!

Helen Labeque

Helen Labeque

Finance Coordinator

After completing her Masters degree in England, Helen left the UK to travel the world and found herself at home in Byron for the last 9 years. A keen equestrian for over 25 years, horse owner, riding instructor, and ‘Equine Specialist’ in the EAGALA model (the global standard for equine assisted psychotherapy and personal development), Helen has instructed clients of all ages, facilitated horsemanship and personal development workshops, competed across various disciplines, as well as providing freelance services through her own equestrian business.

With a flair for creativity Helen has completed diplomas in Marketing and Digital Media and is now completing her Diploma in Photography whilst working at Parentshop. Helen brings her attention to detail, customer service skills and systematic approach to her administration role.  

Christel Cherryadi

Christel Cherryadi

Multimedia Designer & Digital Marketing Assist

Christel Cherryadi is an award-winning creative digital designer, providing expertise in brand design, UI/ UX design, 3D animation, digital illustration, social media content creation, and have successfully elevated brand image, digital presence, sales conversion rate through online outreach in Indonesia since 2009 and have been providing digital design support for various industry sector in Singapore, Australia, Spain.

Christel Cherryadi’s passion and dream of building the house of God with her talents had led her to pursue her calling as a singer-songwriter & music producer at Hillsong College, Sydney, where she actively contributed to building the church in various areas of church; stage managing, multimedia design, and online church.

With technology paving the way for future business and ministry success, the need for a stunning and impressive visual media has become more important than ever before. Blessed with a scholarship award in Byron Bay, she intends to elevate her skills in fusing technology, visual arts, and music to influence the world through digital platforms. One of them, through Parentshop.

Meet the Team of Expert Presenters

Brad Williams

Brad Williams

Division Manager Primary and Childcare (Western Australia & Northern Territory)

Brad Williams is the Director of Behaviour Tonics and Parentshop’s Division Manager for Primary and Childcare as well as a 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.

Rob Steventon BA, MEd, PhD.

Rob Steventon BA, MEd, PhD.

Parentshop Consultant

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.

Angharad Candlin

Angharad Candlin

Parentshop Consultant

Angharad is a registered psychologist with nearly 30 years experience working with families. She worked in the area of out-of-home care and adoption for 17 years and then moved into the area of parent education. She is the lead author of two internationally recognised and externally evaluated parenting programs; Keeping Kids in Mind for separated parents engaged in chronic conflict and My Kids and Me a parenting program for parents whose children have been removed into statutory care. As well as being a trainer for Parentshop, Angharad is the Practice Manager of Parent Education with CatholicCare Sydney, Adjunct Fellow with Macquarie University’s Department of Psychology and an AHPRA Board Authorised Supervisor. Angharad supervises, mentors, and trains professionals working in the community and a variety of different settings. She is passionate about parent education and of supporting practitioners working in the community. She is a dynamic and engaging presenter and often speaks at conferences, community events and to the media.

Sally Learey

Sally Learey

Parentshop Consultant

Sally Learey is a keynote speaker, author and education consultant. She holds qualifications in teaching, training, positive psychology, coaching and counselling. Sally has 30 years combined experience working across adult training, parent education, primary and secondary teaching and workshop and conference presenting. She has worked with thousands of teachers and school leaders throughout Australia, facilitating evidence-based professional learning and implementing system wide change.
Sally is known for her insight and authenticity, her inspirational energy and the impact her presentations have on participants. All her work aligns with Parentshop’s vision for ‘lifelong behaviour change’.
Sally is also the author of 7 children’s books and an adult non-fiction personal development book.

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