Our Experts

Meet our expert contributors

We’re pleased to offer you a wide variety of parenting and educational resources with contributions from renowned experts. You can find out more about the experts below.

 

Michael Grose
Founder & Director, Parenting Ideas, Author, Award Winning Speaker

Michael is a best selling author of 10 books and award-winning speaker. As a conference speaker, parenting presenter and workshop leader Michael has been entertaining, informing and inspiring audiences around Australia, and internationally for more than 20 years. Michael’s passion for teaching, his understanding of the educational and parenting landscapes as well as his engaging communication style means has held a respected profile in the media spanning many years.

 

Dr Jodi Richardson
Wellbeing and Mental Health Speaker, Author

Dr. Jodi Richardson is a mental health speaker and author who is changing the way parents, teachers and schools think about and cultivate children’s mental health and wellbeing. Jodi has developed her expertise over two decades of professional work in teaching, wellbeing, clinical practice and elite sport, including working for beyondblue on the national schools-based initiative for the prevention of depression.

 

Sharon Witt
Author, Presenter, Secondary Teacher

Sharon Witt is an author, teacher and presenter who’s been immersed in the teen world for over two decades. She is one of Australia’s leading book authors for young people, having written 12 books including the bestselling Teen Talk and the Girlwise and Wiseguys series. Sharon runs regular workshops within schools and youth events around Australia. She is a regular media commentator on issues impacting young people, parenting and educational issues.

 

Kate Johnson
Advocate for children on the autism spectrum

Kate is the Founder and Director of Spectrum Journeys Inc, a not for profit autism service that equips and empowers educators, support workers and families as they support children on the autism spectrum to flourish. Kate has worked in advocacy and the community sector for more than 14 years.

 

 

Martine Oglethorpe
Parent Educator, Speaker, Counsellor, Cyber Safety Advisor

Martine is a parent educator, qualified youth and family counsellor, who speaks, writes and consults on the challenges faced by families in the modern world. Martine has a Masters in Counselling and a background in secondary education. Through her personal and professional work with families raising children, she recognises the important role technology plays in the social and emotional wellbeing of young people. Martine is an accredited speaker with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.