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Bonita is editor & co-director of Motherpedia, FootballToday.com.au and TravelMuse.com.au She has written two books (one on woman in small business, the other a sporting biography). Her interests include public policy, politics, health, education, all sport (especially football), travel & coffee. Bonita is a mum to two adult sons. She is also a football reform activist with #NewFIFANow. You can follow her on Twitter @bonitamersiades
Nutritionist, chef, author, presenter and educator, Zoe’s passion is food and empowering us to embrace the benefits of food through education. In her role as Ambassador for Rafferty’s Garden, Zoe provides nutritional advice to new parents and is helping take the brand to the next stage in meeting babies and parents needs. See www.zoebingleypullin.com
Annabel Astbury is Head of Digital Education at the ABC and is working with a great team to deliver the ground-breaking free education website ABC Splash. Previously, Annabel was a classroom teacher and has also worked closely with students, teachers, government and cultural institutions to promote education and learning with ‘digital’ technologies in her role as Executive Director at the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. Annabel enjoys writing, reading and sharing her views about education because it proves her theory that education does matter to the general public.
Keshia teaches political economy and international relations at Monash University. Her research focuses on global economic governance and the political economy of the European Union. She has previously written about her research for Crikey, the Drum, SBS and Women's Agenda. She is a graduate of Monash University and the University of Sheffield. Follow her on twitter @keshiajacotine
Senator Fiona Nash is a National Party Senator from NSW and the Assistant Minister for Health. Prior to joining the Parliament in July 2005, Fiona worked as a staffer to various National Party MPs. She lives in the Young area of NSW and is married with two children.
Morris Gleitzman is one of the English-speaking world's most prolific authors of children's and young adult fiction. He has also collaborated on children's books with another Australian children's author, Paul Jennings and has published collections of his newspaper columns. Prior to turning to full-time children's fiction, Morris was a long-term television comedy writer.
Nicole Kofkin started Smart Au Pairs after realising there was a gap in the market for affordable child care. Having lived and worked in six countries before settling in Australia, she set up her au pair agency in Sydney to help working families with affordable childcare solutions. She is a firm believer that working parents can successfully balance a career and family life with the right help. Nicole has two children.
Professor Craig Speelman is Professor of Psychology at Edith Cowan University in Perth. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, followed by a PhD in Psychology from UWA. In both degrees he completed research projects in Cognitive Psychology, the study of processes underlying thought. The focus of his PhD research was cognitive skill acquisition, which is his main area of expertise today.
Tammy Potter is Fitness First’s Pre and Post Natal Specialist Personal Trainer. After witnessing so many of her friends battle with negative body image both during and after pregnancy, she knew she wanted to help. Tammy helps her clients physically and mentally prepare themselves for a safe and comfortable pregnancy, and helps them build confidence and strength following. See www.fitnessfirst.com.au
Ciaran is Director of Tutoring Services with yourtutor.com.au. he holds both a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Teaching, and deeply enjoys applying his years of experience in, and immense passion for, both fields on a daily basis. With over a decade of extensive experience in online education both internationally and within the Australasian region, Ciaran ensures the yourtutor.com.au team meets the highest standards of tuition provision, and that students continue to receive highest quality, educationally sound experiences possible.
Cody Jarrett was married to the actor John Jarrett for eight years when he suddenly left her to return to his first wife, leaving Cody with two young boys, two dogs, two cats, a mortgage and a pile of bills. She says she spent the first few months completely floundering and overwhelmed, no-one to turn to and no-one to guide her. Almost four years on Cody has taken her loss and lessons to launch an online resource and six-week program called Starting Over. Starting over gives women a framework and structure to navigate through the emotional, financial, legal and logistical implications of separation, vowing to hold their hand through each step. Starting Over is a workbook-based support program that focuses on one key theme per week – Financial, Emotional, Legal, House & Home, Health & Wellbeing and Business & Career. For further information, visit www.startingover.com.au
Anne Collier is editor of NetFamilyNews.org, a blog, RSS feed, and email newsletter that focuses on "kid-tech news for parents.” With SafeKids.com’s Larry Magid, she co-directs ConnectSafely.org, a web-based interactive forum and information site for teens, parents, educators, and everybody interested in the impact of the social Web on youth and vice versa.
Alex Malley is the CEO of CPA Australia and host of the Nine Network’s The Bottom Line. A parent of seven, he is also a former award-winning university lecturer of close to 20 years.
Alex continues to work closely with the next generation of business leaders and is committed to helping make successful leaders of today more accessible to them.
As a member of the exclusive LinkedIn Influencer group, Alex has written articles on career and leadership. He also writes for The Huffington Post and is a regular business and leadership commentator on the nationally syndicated programs The Money News on 2GB and Sky News Business.
Judy is currently the Federal President of the Isolated Children’s Parent’s Association of Australia (ICPA). The ICPA is a voluntary national parent body dedicated to ensuring all geographically isolated students have equity with their non-isolated peers, of access to an appropriate education. Judy lives about an hour from Walgett in North Western NSW, with her husband and three children.
Dr. Dain Heer is a speaker, coach and author of nine books including the bestselling book, Being You Changing the World, which has been translated into Swedish, German, Spanish Italian and Estonian. Dr. Heer provides the tools and inspiration to uncover the real ‘you’ and find the courage to be different – which in turn sparks new ideas, creates success and increases happiness and wellbeing. His work is now in 131 countries in which he facilitates people to tap into and recognize their own abilities and empowers them to know they are the creators of their own life. As a doctor of Chiropractic, Heer hosts a regular radio show on Voice of America and has been a guest on hundreds of nationally syndicated radio shows. Gaining global attention, Dr. Heer contributes regularly to magazines and blogs such as Mariashriver.com The Collective Magazine, Natural Awakening, Om Times, Askmen.com, Beliefnet.com, and San Diego Living. He has appeared on several TV shows including Fox News, Good Morning Shows in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Canada and on Gaiam TV. Learn more at www.drdainheer.com or at www.accessconsciousness.com.
Michael Dermansky is a senior Physiotherapist and Managing Director at MD Health Pilates. Michael has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons), a Grad Dip in Nutrition, a Masters of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehab). Michael has had formal training on McKenzie Mechanical Lumbar & Cervical training, Clinical Pilates Level 1&2; Ergonomics for Physiotherapists and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop. For Fun, Michael enjoys playing golf, scuba diving, playing video games, and if anyone is ever interested to fund Michael, he’d love to go back to university and study some more! Michael values Integrity, Honesty and Trust.
Anne has been the CEO of UnitingCare Queensland since November 2003. She is also Chair of Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS Ltd), UnitingCare Queensland’s aged and community services in the Northern Territory. Anne came to the role having held senior positions in government and non-government organisations across a broad range of rehabilitation, disability, aged care and community services. She has served on various government bodies including the Child Protection Council and the Smart State Council. She has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in social work. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women. In 2008, Anne was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Applied Human Services at the University of Queensland. In 2014, she was named the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.
Amanda Foxon-Hill is a leading cosmetic chemist and director of Realize Beauty – a consulting agency specialising in directing the R&D process for cosmetic brands and brand owners such as New Directions and Nature’s Gold. Amanda is familiar with the Clearasil range and now encourages her children to use it.
Tessa is a single mum of a tech-obsessed nine-year-old boy, a six-year-old fashionista girl and a rough and tumble four-year-old boy! During my years of motherhood to-date, I have worked full-time, part-time, stay-at-home, part-time online education and now full-time in class education supported online through the LENS. I’ve tried it all with mixed success! Most of all, I’m now seeking the balance between looking after my kids and feeling accomplished in my career – something I’m well on my way to achieving.
Ryan is a Clinical Teaching Specialist at the University of Canberra and is a former teacher in NSW and the ACT. He has Masters degree in Educational Leadership with an interest in parent education and engaging boys in literacy. He is an executive committee member of the Australian Literacy Educator's Association (ALEA), a member of the International Reading Association and the Primary English Teacher's Association.
James Williams is a Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Sussex and is a former secondary school science teacher. His research interests revolve around teaching 'The Nature of Science', 'The Scientific Method' and, in particular, what do trainee teachers understand about these concepts and ideas in science.
Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham and is a leading international researcher across applied ethics. In 2005 she was awarded a visiting fellowship at Harvard University, where she worked on issues of moral neo-colonialism. She has led a number of funded projects on issues of property in the body; reproductive rights; human tissue; war on terror and ownership and governance of the genome. Her current primary project is on the moral philosophy of beauty and she holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for the next two years to complete her book Perfect Me! (under contract with Princeton University Press).
Richard Olsen is a doctoral candidate at Monash University, currently researching how modern technologies improve school learning. He is the author of 'Understanding Virtual Pedagogies: Collective Knowledge Construction' and the creator of the 12 Principles of Modern Learning.
Passionate about online learning communities, social networking, inquiry-based learning and game-based learning, Richard has experience as the Assistant Director of ideasLAB, an education research and development incubator in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining ideasLAB, Richard was ICT Coordinator at Mill Park Heights Primary School and Concord School where he implemented a number of social and virtual learning initiatives.
Ceri Chamberlain is a freelance writer and editor of children's fiction; both online and print. She lives in the UK with her two young children Joely and Ivo. Ceri has previously worked as an English teacher at the International Labour Organisation in Switzerland and as a writer/researcher in management consultancy.
Yalda Uhls and Maryam Kia-Keating are sisters, psychologists and mums. Uhls is a senior scientific researcher at the Children’s Digital Media Center@LA at UCLA and regional director of the non-profit Common Sense Media. Kia-Keating is an associate professor of clinical psychology at UC Santa Barbara.
Rosemary kick started her publishing career as the Editorial Assistant at FAMOUS magazine before taking on the role of Beauty Assistant a year later. After indulging herself in the world of celebrity gossip and beauty looks of the rich and famous, Rosie moved to NSTYLE for Hair as the Beauty & Online Editor. Her love for the digital world saw her foray into beautyheaven.com.au as the Skin Care Editor in early 2014, and she hasn’t looked back. From top tips on eating your way to glowing skin to layering products like a pro, Rosemary is the ultimate go-to girl for helping readers look and feel their absolute best – no make-up required!
Alex Merton-McCann is McAfee’s Cybermum in Australia. Alex is a mother of four boys aged 9 to 16, who juggles family, work, home life, sporting commitments, hobbies and her children’s ever growing social lives (on and offline). To learn more about Alex and McAfee’s Family Internet Safety Centre, go to www.mcafee.com/cybermum, follow Alex on Twitter @Cybermum_AU or email Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca is an Associate Professor of Communications at Salem State University. She is the author of the book Growing Up With Girl Power: Girlhood On Screen and in Everyday Life (Peter Lang Publishing). She blogs at www.rebeccahains.com
Mary Dawes is a qualified First Aid instructor with over 10 years’ experience and a passion for teaching First Aid. Mary has taught courses for blue chip companies, child care centres, apprentices from almost every trade, fitness industry, retailers, corrective services, sporting and community organisations. Mary is also a busy mum with two young boys, so she can apply her own personal learning and provide parents with practical solutions to life’s little (or not so little) accidents. Mary is an accredited representative of numerous First Aid & OHS Organisations including TAFE NSW, and Safety Corp PTY LTD.
Catriona Pollard is the author of From Unknown To Expert, a step by step framework designed to help entrepreneurs develop effective PR and social media strategies to become recognised as influencers in their field. Catriona is also the director of CP Communications, which merges traditional PR tactics with cutting-edge social media strategies that engage consumers as well as business.
Follow Catriona on Twitter @catrionapollard, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catrionapollard and via her blogs at www.catrionapollard.com | www.unknowntoexpert.com/blog
Rowena Lee grew up in a family of readers and in a home full of books, so reading has always been an important part of her life. After teacher training, Rowena completed an Arts degree majoring in English Literature, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and spent more than 40 years in schools. Currently, she lectures and tutors in the primary education program at Macquarie University. Since retiring as Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory School, Rowena has established Middlemarch Reading and Books. Through parent talks and reading guides, she promotes the joys of reading with young children and supports parents as their children’s first educators, in the selection and reading aloud of quality literature.
Kimberley Garlick’s first experience with Pilates was when she was 15 studying fully time ballet. After a shortened career due to lower limb injury she studied sports science and nutrition and has always continued her education in various modalities from bioenergetics, massage, Myer Briggs personality profiling, personal trainer, group fitness classes, yoga and more. Kimberley completed her first Pilates certification in 1997 and has undergone many certifications under various Pilates bodies including the Polestar certifications and Diploma. Kimberley has been an educator for Polestar Pilates since 2004 and had a successful Pilates studio in Frenchs Forest/Sydney before moving to Northern NSW/Byron Hinterland where she has a busy country studio in Lismore/Northern Rivers Pilates. Kimberley continues to teach Ballet and present both in Australia and overseas. See http://pilatesroomwithkimberleygarlick.com.au/ for more information.
Nat Kringoudis is a Chinese medicine practitioner with a background in biosciences. In 2003, she set up a women's wellness clinic, The Pagoda Tree, where she champions fertility before it becomes an issue, helping women in their 20s to lay a 'healthy hormone' foundation. She tours the country regularly, holding workshops and speaking at events to help women get clued-up on their bodies and take control of their hormone health.
Cynthea has been making wine for 23 years. She started at a young age ... 5 to be exact when her parents moved from San Francisco to Tasmaniaand purchased a plot of land which they planted in 1980. It was a natural evolution to work with the vines and Cynthea eventually ended up studying winemaking and wine marketing. She has two sons, aged 3 and 5 years.
Hannah has two children, aged 18 and 26. She likes to blog about political issues. Her belief is that: " .... if we all got together and stomped out feet collectively just once .. the world will rumble so loud grown men would cry".
Working full-time until having children, Rachel says she didn’t realise what ‘busy’ meant until the kids came along. Now a full-time mum of three and living in country NSW, Rachel says that life is pretty hectic, but a nice distraction is a late-found appreciation for writing poetry. "Keeping my mind active and my thoughts flowing I like to pen a line or three when the mood takes me."
Chloe Thea is a holistic time management and productivity coach - passionate about helping big-hearted creatives become masters of their time and energy so they can shine bigger, brighter. She writes over at You Can Go Your Own Way [www.youcangoyourownway.com]. Get Chloe’s Organised In 30 Minutes Kit [http://youcangoyourownway.com/join-the-tribe/] with free meal planner, and join the tribe on Facebook [www.facebook.com/youcangoyourownwayblog] for practical time management tips.
Penny Spencer established the Spencer Travel corporate travel agency in 1998. With 16 years in the travel industry Penny wanted to do it her way and set out to build an award winning corporate travel agency with a total focus on customer service, product knowledge and giving value for money to her clients. Spencer Travel has won numerous awards for customer service and staff excellence. She is a role model, mentor and successful business woman who successfully balances her home life with her husband and two children.
With nearly a decade of experience in the legal profession, Karen's main areas of interest include conveyancing, criminal law, debt recovery, civil litigation, commercial transactions and wills and probate matters. For every client Karen strives to reach positive outcomes and she does this by offering attentive, time-effective and friendly service. www.owenhodge.com.au
Naomi Findlay started her successful home staging business SILK Home Staging & Styling, in 2011 and is now also the founder of the International Institute of Home Staging (IIHS). IIHS combines her experience of running her own successful home staging business with her awarded expertise in tertiary education. The IIHS offers the first and only range of interactive online Australian home staging and property styling courses, from introductory through to more advanced certificate courses. Students of the courses are from all across Australia and include contestants from The Block. The comprehensive and professional courses equip students with the tools and insights required to learn more about adding value to their own properties or starting their own successful home staging businesses. Naomi has received teaching awards from the University of Newcastle and the Australian College of Education and been nominated for a national award with the Australian Teaching and Learning Council. She is also the author of a bestselling book, Ignite Your Property Mojo, in addition to being a regular columnist for realestate.com.au. See more at www.instituteofhomestaging.com.au
Steven has been the Managing Director of Sunlite Mitre 10 for the past 10 years while the Czeiger family has been in hardware and electrical wholesaling for the last 25 years. Steven won the NSW Retailer of the Year Award in 2008 and is ambitious to grow the Sunlite Mitre 10 operation. For further information, visit www.sunlitemitre10.com.au.
Rosie Bell Founder of 'Parent Mindworks' Program has more than 30 years experience working with and serving families from the heart. Her work has included working for the Western Australian Government providing intensive support to children and families who want to overcome problems and barriers to be the best parents they can be.
Amy Giannotti is a Dietitian, Sports Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Author and athlete! She’s also just launched her own Food Product ‘Amy’s Grains’, a Breakfast staple made from 6 unique wholegrains designed for maximising sporting performance and weight management.
Elizabeth Broderick is Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Elizabeth is committed to improving gender equality through her advocacy in preventing violence against women and sexual harassment, improving lifetime economic security for women, balancing paid work and unpaid caring responsibilities, promoting women’s representation in leadership and strengthening gender equality laws, monitoring and agencies. She is married and has two teenage children.
Katie is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert by day and writer by night in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of the upcoming parenting book, "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Cheerful Children In a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin Publishing).
Katie divides her time between her family, her private practice and her laptop. You can find her at Practical Parenting, moonfrye, Clomid and Cabernet, allParenting and HuffingtonPost.. She lives by the beach with her rock & roll husband and her two children. She believes in lattes, family time and the power of play.
Karen Westwood is a business owner with The Body Shop At Home, the direct selling arm of beauty brand The Body Shop, and enables individuals to start their own business within the beauty industry. Boasting a flexible, fun and supportive work environment, The Body Shop At Home has empowered thousands of men and women to start their own business and join the "beauty with heart" movement in line with The Body Shop's ethical values. For more information about The Body Shop At Home please visit www.thebodyshop.com.au/TheBodyShopAtHome.aspx
Kate is celebrating 10 years as a Journalist at the Press Association in the UK, writing about everything from film and showbiz to books and food. As a new mum, she's also discovering how to balance work and family life - or not!
Dr Andrew Zuschmann is a Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist. Andrew graduated from Medical School at the University of New South Wales in 1996, and completed Specialist training in 2005, attaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Further studies lead to him being awarded Master of Reproductive Medicine by UNSW in 2008. See www.andrewzuschmann.com for more information.
Louise Glendon is an entrepreneur and professional photographer who spent over a decade as an Officer in the Air Force, before launching herself into the civilian world to spend more time with her two girls aged 6 and 7.
Louise now runs two successful businesses; providing women with an intimate, empowering and relaxing Boudoir photography experience and teaching photography online through her website Click Love Grow.
See http://www.clicklovegrow.com/ for further information.
Pat Mesiti is the father of 3 girls and grandfather to 4 children. Pat is also a seasoned business executive, entrepreneur & mindset expert. He has shared the platform globally with some of the world’s most influential people including Sir Richard Branson and Donald Trump. Pat has raised over half a million dollars for charity and gives 10% back of everything he earns. See www.mesiti.com
Jocasta is a serial entrepreneur who imports beautifully designed chairs with the purpose of promoting mindfulness and mindful living. Chill Out Chairs are ethically made and sustainably sourced using mango wood, seagrass, banana leaf weave, and cotton and kapok filling. Her customers include CEOs of multinationals to Buddhist nuns; health practitioners to mums and are sold in a variety of different colours. See www.chilloutchairs.com.au
Charles Bishop is co-convenor of Sydney Toy and Game Expo being held from 5-6 July 2014. Charles, along with Steve Rohan-Jones, has coordinated and convened the Toy and Game Expo since 2010. In giving both big and little kids the opportunity to experience the latest in toys and games, and also to breathe new life into the classics, Bishop and Rohan-Jones truly believe that they have the best jobs in the world. www.toyandgameexpo.com.au
Coach Bobbi is a Life Creation & Relationship Specialist and author of the awakening woman’s handbook, '12 Steps to Self Empowerment'. As a qualified Advanced Practitioner of Life Coaching, and Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming & Trainer, Bobbi brings her coaching skills together with personal experience to give women the tools, tips and knowledge to successfully move away from fear and in to the driver's seat of their life. Bobbi gives women the permission, the confidence and the skills they need to move from merely existing, into living a life that is rightfully theirs.
Michael Carp is the owner and Managing Director of family-run and Australian-made business, Kez’s Kitchen – a supplier of biscuits, snacks and cereals to major retailers, airlines, cafes and conferences nationally. Michael is a strong supporter of Australian manufacturing and has outlined below the five benefits to the consumer.
Dr Markijan Hupalo is a Sydney-based Prosthodontist who gained specialist registration in 1999 after graduating from the specialist clinical training programme in prosthodontics at the University of Sydney. Apart from the traditional dental restorative solutions, Dr Hupalo has a special interest in adhesive dentistry and conservative dental solutions. Dr Hupalo currently runs specialist private practice Sydney Prosthodontics, with an international reputation for quality dental solutions and patient care. He also holds a teaching appointment with the University of Sydney.
Grant Waldeck is spokesperson at comparethemarket.com.au, which compares more health insurance funds than any other Australian website. comparethemarket.com.au is a free comparison service hosting more than 100 brands across nine categories – including car insurance, travel, life and health insurance.
Lisa Annese is the Programs & Member Services Director of the Diversity Council Australia, an independent, not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor to Australian business. DCA provides diversity advice and strategy to over 250 organisations, many of whom are Australia’s biggest employers. For more information visit www.dca.org.au.
Holly established Bodyline Health International in 2004. Her keen interest in sports massage was spurred while working as a trainer for a country football club and she now lectures in this topic for Sports Medicine Australia. Holly specialises in soft tissue dysfunction such as headaches, shoulder, neck and back pain as well as pregnancy massage. She enjoys kayaking and mini-triathlons and spending time with friends and family, especially five month old baby Archer.
Michael McQueen is a youth trends expert and 4-time bestselling author. His book The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement is a parent’s guide to understanding and engaging Gen Y and Gen Z. For more information, visit www.michaelmcqueen.net
Karen Taggart is a business mentor, educator, author, and creator of A Walk in the Clouds where she helps stay-at-home-parents start their own businesses from home while still keeping their family as their top priority. She's an attorney, photographer, and entrepreneur who believes that mums can and should "have it all". The key is figuring out what "it all" means to you and letting go of the rest. She has a knack for making complicated, overwhelming things very simple and easy-to-understand. Signup for free weekly tips and inspiration at http://www.karen-taggart.com and catch her new Q&A video show called "Ask Karen".
Alison Amos is the Chief Executive Officer of Ovarian Cancer Australia having formerly been the Manager of BreaCan at Women’s Health Victoria. Alison has 20 years of experience in the research, health and community sectors in roles such as Manager Ambulance Performance at the Victorian Department of Health and the Manager of Research and Cancer Services Improvement for BreastScreen Victoria. Alison has also run her own buusiness delivering a range of professional development workshops and consultancy services to health and community sectors.
Robert Bihar is a Finance Analyst and author of ‘Don’t Eat The Marshmallow; The Fun and Easy Way to Teach Your Kids About Money’ (RRP $19.95). A father of two, Robert lives by his personal mantra - “try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value” (Albert Einstein) - to inspire parents to invest in their children’s financial intelligence. Outside of finances, Robert is a self-confessed “soccer tragic”, a long-time fan and current coach of junior teams. Visit http://www.robertbihar.com
Dr Kate Byrne is a business coach and blogger specialising in business development for women consultants and coaches. She has previously co-founded a successful management consultancy and these days writes at www.bettymeansbusiness.com offering women business advice, courses and 1:1 coaching programs. Kate is dedicated to roller derby and the success of women in coaching and consulting worldwide. She also has a PhD in public relations, can swear with the sailors and out fancy the Queen.
Sally Collins is a stepmother, a mother, a corporate girl and first time author. She has two stepdaughters in their 20s and two children with the love of her life who is Dad to them all. When Sally first became a stepmum, she was ill-prepared for what was involved and she looked for inspiration & wisdom from others - and this eventually led her to write & create http://www.stepmotherlove.com
Stacey Copas is a speaker, author, trainer and coach on the topic of resilience. She has not let a devastating accident that left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair at 12 years old slow her down. Using her life experience and research she delivers keynote speeches and training workshops on How To Be Resilient and is launching a pre-order campaign for ebook and printed version of the book in the same name, to be launched in August 2014. Originally a Sydney-sider, Stacey now resides in the Adelaide Hills, she is training for the 100m wheelchair sprint and aiming for Gold in Rio Paralympics in 2016. To date Stacey has won Gold in SA State Championships in Discus and 100m and won Silver at National Championships in discus last year. http://howtoberesilient.com/
Dr Penelope Law is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Hillingdon Hospital, London, honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College, London, and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Portland Hospital. Dr Law has wide experience of pregnancy and birth in public and private hospitals. The Australian editions of 'Expecting a Baby?' and 'Expecting Twins?' have been co-edited by Dr Sarah Clements, an obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney.
Anne Armansin is responsible for Origin Energy's home energy services and is directly involved in providing practical, easy-to-understand advice to consumers on how to choose wisely and use appliances to minimise energy usage. Before working for Origin Energy, Anne worked for manufacturers, Bosch and Miele. She is also a mum. Find out more at www.originenergy.com.au/energyexplorer
Ben is a chef, television presenter, author, and brand ambassador. Cooking is both a passion and a reflex. It’s something he’s done since childhood and it never ceases to give him pleasure or stimulate his imagination. He unequivocally believes that food should be simple and distinctive and technically and culturally correct. Ben started his career working in several top Australian restaurants before moving to London. He moved back to Australia last year with his family to immerse himself in his home country’s burgeoning food scene with a television, restaurant and publishing career.
Rachael Bentick is Director of one of Australia’s most successful studios, Inligthen Photography. A multi-award winning wedding photography agency, Inlighten Photography offers stunning images, highest standard of products and a knowledgeable team with over 40 years experience combined. Considered an expert driving force in the Australian wedding industry, Rachael has been involved with over 1,000 weddings in the past 10 years. A specialist in all things wedding-related, Rachael is also a NIDA-trained television presenter. For more information about Inlighten Photography visit www.inlighten.com.au or call 02 9550 0332.
Matt Windsor is a Chiropractor and the Director of Chiropractic HealthQuarters Pyrmont in Sydney. He has a Masters of Chiropractic qualification from Macquarie University. He is a health and wellness orientated Chiropractor and has worked extensively within various sporting arenas as a chiropractor, personal trainer and a competitor. His personal interests include bodybuilding, rugby union and general fitness. Matt has successful experience in the management of athletes ranging from the elite athlete to the weekend warrior, having managed world-class rugby players, Mr Universe competitors and the Under 8’s Saturday morning football (soccer) team! For further information, visit http://www.chirohq.com.au/
Rachael Finch is one of Australia’s most popular media personalities, who presents on the Seven Network across a range of lifestyle, fashion and sports programming. She is an advocate for leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and is mum to a soon-to-be 1-year-old.
Fiona is a Speech and Language Therapist who works for the NHS in the UK with children who have speech, language and communication needs. She appears regularly on media in the UK and has launched her own website Talking Tips for Kids. Fiona is also mum to two boys whom, she says, give her the best insight into how children learn to turn ideas and feelings into words and sentences. Her website can be found here: http://www.talkingtipsforkids.com/
Kim Clarke is founder and Managing Director of Xcel Properties with over 40 years’ experience in the real estate and property development industry. Specialising in Regional Queensland development, Kim’s current focus sits with his latest project Plantation Palms. Based in one of the state’s fastest growing regional cities – Mackay – this community will grow in line with the government’s projected 55 per cent population increase by 2031.
Mumgo parenting ambassador, Lisa Creffield is a writer and mother-of-one who believes that a wonderful childhood is the best foundation for the future. Whether you're a working parent or a stay-at-home parent on a tight budget, she has a wealth of imaginative ideas to help you achieve the best for your family. www.mumgo.com.au
Richard Donarski is an expert in the development of health and safety product standards. With over 20 years experience, Richard’s insight is trusted by key decision makers and advisors nationally. In his role as Health and Safety Team Leader with Australia’s leading product assurance organisation, SAI Global, Richard is campaigning for consumers to consider the potential dangers associated with uncertified personal protective equipment. He outlines the significance of product certification such as SAI Global’s Five Ticks StandardsMark™ and what this means for the consumer. For further information visit www.saiglobal.com/assurance
Naomi is a former magazine girl turned freelance writer/blogger. This former city liver, now coastal town dweller spends her time playing mum to one human, two cats and one dog. You can usually find her catching up on the world via Facebook, baking up a storm in the kitchen or blogging about all thing parenthood, health and lifestyle related on her site, (Not) Just A Mummy (www.notjustamummy.com.au)
Sherree Clay is a human rights, welfare rights and women's rights advocate and activist. She is a member of the SA Feminist Collective, and is a supporter of and works closely with the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children. Sherree has worked on a national and local level and spoken at many events raising awareness and speaking for and about single parents, domestic violence and austerity measures in Australia. From rural South Australia, Sherree lives in Adelaide with her two children. She was the Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Wakefield in the 2013 election.
Karen Phillip is a Family Counsellor and Therapist with nearly 20 years of experience working with diverse family situations. She has worked with couples with relationship and communication problems and many families who experience behavioural problems with their young children. Not only a relationships professional but a mother and stepmother herself, Karen understands the reality of parenting. She assists parents to guide their children’s behaviour without anger or conflict, allowing the children to clearly understand their boundaries and follow the house rules to avoid consequences or privilege loss. For further information see www.whorunsyourhouse.com
Brian is an award-winning journalist and radio/TV presenter who has worked in current affairs, talk radio, TV and his own business in the US and Australia. As a business entrepreneur, he has started three companies in different fields – food, fencing and giftware – and also operates a publicity and media coaching consultancy, brianjames.com.au
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is a government agency established in 1985 focused on getting more Australians participating and excelling in sport. The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is a division of the ASC. See www.ausport.gov.au for more detail.
Nicole Cubbin is mum to two girls, ages 1 & 3. She is also the owner of Little Eats Sydney which is a website that reviews and recommends child-friendly cafes across Sydney. She started the website after returning to Sydney from London with two young children and not being able to find a comprehensive resource recommending family-friendly cafes and restaurants. See www.littleeats.com.au
Dr Andrew Rochford is the former host of Channel Ten’s Breakfast program and currently appears as a regular guest on popular panelist show The Project, to discuss all things health and medicine.
Andrew’s experiences as a medical professional have provided him insight into the health and happiness of Australians. This has led him to see the importance of incorporating tools such as mindfulness into people’s everyday life.
Dr Leith Henry is Manager of Rehabilitation and Wellness at QUT, prior to which she worked in the staff support unit as Associate Director of Human Resources at the University of Queensland (UQ). She has a PhD in Organisational Psychology from UQ.
Marc de Rosnay is Professor of Early Start in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong. He is an expert on emotional development in early childhood. His research focuses on emotional development in infancy and childhood. He is particularly interested in the ways that infants and children understand emotion (in themselves and others) and the inter-play between such understanding and their emotional experiences. His research also focuses on the long-term influence of early relationships and parenting practices on children’s emotional development.
When not spending a year in Spain with her family, Bianca Havas has worked in the film industry, spent ten years in environmental advocacy campaigning with Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and, most recently, has been working as a project manager, facilitator and trainer for a mix of corporate, not-for-profit and community clients. Bianca is married with a son and daughter. Her interests include yoga, dancing, family and writing. Her blog is ouryearinspain.com
David Watson is Executive Chef of the Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney, a position he has held for 15 months. He has a history of appointments in luxury hotels around the world including The Raffles Hotel in Singapore and The Dorchester Hotel in London along with stints in Taipei, Delhi and Bangkok, as well as at Michelin-star restaurants like Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford and L’Hostellerie De Levernois in Beaune, France. Prior to arriving in Sydney, David was Executive Chef for The Westin New Delhi and The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa.
Dr Misty Adoniou is a Senior Lecturer in Language, Literacy and Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Canberra. She occasionally presents workshops in schools on the teaching of spelling. She has a BEd, MEd (Hons) and PhD from the University of Canberra. Prior to becoming an academic, Misty was a primary school teacher in Canberra for eight years and worked on English language learning & assessment for the Greek Government in Athens.
Cara Stinson is mum to a 12-month-old son and 4-year-old daughter and returned to work earlier this year after maternity leave. She works in office administration at a Sydney hospital. She enjoys running, yoga, gardening and being with her husband, children and dog, Rocky.
Kate Mills is a business journalist turned passionate diversity advocate. After 20 years in the mainstream media – including 3 years as editor of Australia’s leading business magazine BRW – Kate set up an online community for highly-skilled mothers looking to combine work and family. Through www.professionalmums.net mothers can sign up to be contacted for family friendly work opportunities. Kate strongly believes that women should be able to combine a career with children as she has done with her two children Coco (6) and Bebe (4).
Matt Leacy founded ‘Landart Landscapes’ – a design, construction and maintenance company, which he now co-owns and manages with two partners. Qualified in horticulture design and structural landscape, Matt is driven by creating spaces that become more and more appealing with maturity – and where the worries of the day just fade away. Matt is also co-presenter on the Channel 9 TV series ‘Domestic Blitz’ and previously engaged in resourcing and landscape designs for ‘Backyard Blitz’.
Rachael Robertson is a leading expert, corporate and business speaker and author on leadership and teamwork. She presents real leadership gained from real experience - the ups and downs of being an authentic leader - the highs and lows of leading an expedition to Antarctica! With over 20 years experience leading teams in complex and challenging environments, Rachael is now transforming leadership around the globe as one of the most in demand inspirational and keynote business speakers. She has consulted to major brands like NAB, IBM, Westpac, Myer, Australia Post and GE.
David Zyngier is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and a former school principal and state school teacher. His research focuses on Culturally, Linguistically and Economically Diverse (CLED) learning communities; social justice; democratic education; teacher knowledge and beliefs. He has published widely on teacher pedagogies that improve outcomes for students from communities of promise. He is a co-founder of the Global Doing Democracy Research Project, an international project examining perspectives and perceptions of democracy. David is also a member of the Editorial Board of Teaching and Teacher Education (Elsevier) and Creative Education. In 2011, he was appointed Expert Commentator for the Australian Council of Education Leaders (ACEL).
Dr Sarah Biggs is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Paediatric Sleep Group within the Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research at Monash University. Sarah is a research psychologist with expertise in psychometric testing and sleep in children. Her research focus is on examining the neurocognitive and behavioural implications of sleep problems in children and potential mechanisms of associated deficits.
Loudy Wiggins has represented Australian in Diving at the Olympic Games on four occasions - 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2012 - as well as at numerous Commonwealth Games and World Championships. She has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the World Championships, two Olympic Bronze medals and three Commonwealth Games Gold medals.
While training and competing, Loudy completed a degree in Media & Communications from the University of Sydney. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband, Simon, and has two young children. She is a certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach, a Board Member of Diving Victoria and on the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission. Loudy is also the Program Manager for Diving at the Victorian Institute of Sport and coaches diving at Melbourne Grammar and Melbourne Girls Grammar.
In-between all that, Loudy also finds time to blog at www.loudywiggins.com.au as well as for Motherpedia.com.au.
Liam Janke is the Senior Manager for Aussie Consumer Finance Products. He has a broad financial services experience having worked across credit card, home loan and personal loan portfolios with Aussie since 2009. Liam’s experience also extends to deposit and transaction products together with online share trading through roles at Heritage Building Society and E*TRADE Australia.
Kenney (Ken) Myers is married to Jolene, a father of 3 amazing kids and a committed Christian. He is also an eecutive with over 15 years of experience leading companies serving as CFO, CTO, COO, and CEO of several successful business ventures.
Sue Cutbill is founder of Kid’s Exercise, providing active entertainment for kids in the form of parties, vacation care and pre-school sport programs. Sue knows the importance of reputation within her industry and has built her business profile through strong feedback on Australia’s most popular review website, WOMO.com.au. Providing parents with sound advice, Sue has outlined her top tips for parents who are sourcing online reviews in regards to childcare services.
Stephanie Berglin DBM, DipNut, BA Comms is a naturopath, nutritionist and iridologist with 12 years of clinical experience. Completing her studies at Sydney's renowned Natural Care College, Stephanie went on to found her own successful practice, before taking on her current role as Technical Editor at BioCeuticals, Australia’s leading provider of practitioner-only nutritional and therapeutic supplements.
Richelle Hampton lives with her three children on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Primarily her role has been raising her children and practicing as an accountant on a part-time basis until she set up Divorce Navigation two years ago. Richelle has now launched her first book designed to help others ending significant relationships from a practical point of view in light of the knowledge she has accumulated over 28 years as a practising accountant. She is currently completing a Bachelor Degree in Applied Social Science and is planning a further two books to add to the stable of knowledge she first uncovered before she wrote her first book.
Helena Crumpton is a mother of two from western Sydney who came up with the idea of the Bra-Voe simply because she was frustrated with having to wrestle with her bras in a crammed drawer and damaging them in the process. In October 2007, she told herself she wasn't going to do it anymore and then set about coming up with a solution! It took three tough years - and success certainly didn't happen overnight - but Helena think she's on to a winner.
Winsor Dobbin has been a journalist for over 30 years, during which he has been based in cities as diverse as London, Paris, Johannesburg and Sydney – in all of which he has usually had a glass of wine in his hand. He writes about his greatest passions; food, wine and travel and is most likely to be found where there’s a cellar door and good restaurant. Winsor writes for The Sun-Herald and a wide range of magazines and websites. He loves his job and loves sharing his top travel, food and wine secrets. See Winsor's blog at www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com.au
Gabriella is a degree qualified Naturopath practicing in the bayside suburb of Hampton. She is very passionate about her craft and draws upon the ancient wisdom of the herbal kingdom, as well as combining a scientific, evidence based approach. Gabriella believes in a down to earth and practical approach to helping her clients achieve an optimal state of health and wellbeing. She is also a qualified therapeutic and relaxation massage therapist.
Gabriella also works in conjunction with other health practitioners when required. See www.herbaceous.net.au
Jen Dugard is a mother of two, fitness expert and author who thrives on showing all mums that they can put themselves first. She is passionate about redefining what it means to be a mother in Australia today. While previously it has been all about looking after the baby and children, Jen is showing mums another way. She is bringing back communities through exercise, building support networks for mums and challenging mums take time out for themselves. Jen is a former gymnast who moved to Australia from the UK at the age of 18. She has grown the largest
‘specific to mums’ group exercise classes in Sydney, and is in the process of scaling her business, mentoring other mums to become Body Beyond Baby trainers and spreading her message further a
field and changing the way mums are trained. She has written for and is regularly quoted in Women’s Health and Fitness, Women’s Running magazine and Mother and Baby.
Lynn Jenkins is an experienced clinical psychologist, author and mum of three. Following her books 'Best Start' and 'School Start', her latest book is a children’s title illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan. 'Lessons of a LAC' helps kids understand their anxiety or “worry feelings” and learn that there is an alternative to worrying all the time. All books are available from www.roomtoconnect.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/Best starts - Lynn Jenkins
Rob Oakeshott is the retiring independent Federal MP for the seat of Lyne in NSW. He was elected to the Federal Parliament five years ago and, prior to that, was the State Member for Port Macquarie in the NSW Parliament. He is married with four children aged 2-9 years and lists his social interests as including the bush, bikes, beach and surf. You can read more about Rob here at www.roboakeshott.com
Angela is an Australian Institute of Personal Trainers Campus Director, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, coach, teacher and mentor who has worked within education and the fitness industry for more than 12 years. Angela specialises in outdoor fitness and, through Savvy Fitness, has paved the way for commercial outdoor fitness operation within the Illawarra. She is a graduate of the University of Wollongong and also has certifications in boxing, yoga, cross training, strength & conditioning. Angela has also directly mentored over 250 trainee personal trainers through the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers assisting them to qualify as professional trainers. On a day-to-day basis Angela directs a team of 20 passionate and highly skilled personal trainers within Savvy Fitness, and a further 10 trainers within her partnered companies Anytime Fitness.
If all of that wasn't enough, Angela is also a mum to two boys under 3 years of age. http://www.aipt.edu.au/enquiry
Hannah Dahlen is Associate Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. She has been a midwife for 24 years and still practices. She is one of the first midwives in Australia to gain Eligibility and access to a Medicare provider number following government reforms in 2010. Hannah also has strong national and international research partnerships, has received 12 grants since 2000, including being CI on two NHMRC grants in 2011 and has had over 60 publications in the past seven years. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conference and given invited keynote addresses at half of these. She is a past President of the Australian College of Midwives and received Life Membership in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the profession of Midwifery. In 2012, she was named as one of the top 100 people in Sydney as the “leading force promoting natural birth and midwife-led care in Australia.” Hannah was also named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012.
Kassia Bennett worked as an Advertising Executive for APN newspapers for eight years before maternity leave and cutting back to part-time work at Bunnings Warehouse. After returning to full time work with the newspapers for just under two years she was given an amazing opportunity to work as the Media and Marketing Manager at Bonfire Hot Yoga. Due to great company growth, Kassia is now the Studio Manager and Media and Marketing Manager for their two studios. She is mum to a son and daughter, aged 7 and 6. See www.bonfireyoga.com.au
Will Dobud is a social worker and adventure therapist working in Adelaide with adolescents and families. His program, True North Expeditions, provides adventure therapy expeditions for teenagers dealing with a wide array of issues such as low self-esteem and drug and alcohol abuse. Will has worked with therapy programs throughout America for more than eight years and brings innovative experience to help families in Australia that are struggling with such problematic behaviour.
Will has two children - a boy and a girl, aged 10 & 11. See www.truenorthexpeditions.com.au or call 0477 161 768 for further information.
Internationally renowned teacher and bestselling author Christina Brown has been practising yoga since 1989 and teaching for nearly two decades. After her first yoga teacher training in 1995, she completed her Pilates teacher certification in 1999. Christina is the author of several books on yoga and natural health including The Yoga Bible: the Definitive Guide to Yoga Postures, which has sold millions through the English world and in a dozen foreign translations. Christina trains the new generation of teachers with her teacher training programs. Retreats led by Christina have been voted ‘Best in NSW’ and she is often a contributor to the Ask the Expert column in Australian Yoga Journal magazine. See www.transformyoga.com.au
Although Tanya Bartolini spent 14 years in accounting and finance, true satisfaction was always found in the kitchen. It wasn’t until the birth of her first son in 2012 that she realised what had seemed important before was no longer a priority and with that, Tanya decided to embrace her passion for food and family. In doing this, she has explored her family’s rich Italian history and written a book that shares her family’s precious recipes. Through her book, 'Blending The Cultures', featuring hearty recipes that blend the Italian and Australian way of living and eating, she hopes to encourage others to create memorable moments for themselves by cooking and sharing meals together. Tanya has also established The Everyday Cook Network, a forum for everyday cooks just like herself to share wholesome, simple and healthy cooking.
Dr Becky Freeman has worked in the field of tobacco control for more than 10 years at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Her main research interests are tobacco control and the public health implications of new media. Prior to pursuing her research interests, Freeman held tobacco control positions in Canada with both government and not-for-profit organisations. She is the former Director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in New Zealand, and since moving to Australia in 2006, Becky has established herself as an authority on the potential of the Internet to circumvent tobacco advertising bans. She is the Associate Editor of New Media for the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Andrew Boyd is co-founder of CreditCardCompare.com.au and a digital marketing specialist. He writes and comments extensively on money and financial issues for a variety of publications and media outlets.
Craig Foster is a former Socceroo and is now the Chief Football Analyst and sports presenter for the SBS-TV network, a columnist for the Sun-Herald newspaper. He was an integral part of the network's expert on-air team at the 2006 and 2010 football World Cups. As a player, Craig started his football career with National Soccer League clubs Adelaide City and Marconi Fairfield and also played for Portsmouth and Crystal Palace FC in the UK (the latter as captain) and as skipper of the National Soccer League side, Northern Spirit FC. Practising what he preaches, Craig has almost completed his 'A' License as a football coach and is also part the way through a Masters in Sports Management. He is an am Ambassador for the Australia Day Council.
Peter Saxon is co-owner and editor of Radio Info, a website for radio industry broadcast professionals. He began his career in 1972 as an announcer in regional and metropolitan radio before later moving into management in radio and the transport industry.
Donna Stone is the founder of the multi award winning consulting & bookkeeping business, Stone Consulting that provides solutions on MYOB, Reckon, Xero and Cashflow Manager. Donna is also the author of several published books, ebooks and audios. To learn more visit http://www.donna-stone.com.au or http://www.moneygemstones.com. Donna has three children, aged from 16-23.
Beverly Goldsmith is a former high school teacher, who is now a Melbourne-based health writer specialising in the impact of thought and spirituality on health. She also writes for local and international newspapers such as the Christian Science Monitor; is an author, editor, speaker and presenter on radio, TV, in bookstores, at conferences and Healthy Living Expos in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Her website is www.spiritualityandhealthconnect.com
Bishop Philip Huggins was ordained in 1977, and has held clerical appointments in regional Victoria, metropolitan Melbourne, as well as appointments as Assistant Bishop in Perth and Bishop of Grafton, NSW. He returned to Melbourne in 2003 and is responsible for the northern and western regions of Melbourne and Geelong.
Bishop Philip is Chair of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, President of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, and Board Member of St Lawrence Community Services, Overnewton Anglican Community College, Executive member of the National Council of Churches of Australia, and Member of Christian World Service Commission. He has Episcopal oversight of Cross-Cultural Ministry. Bishop Philip has a strong interest in and actively contributes to welfare and multi-cultural issues and activities. Bishop Philip tries to hold together both contemplation and action, in the Spirit of Jesus. See http://www.melbourne.anglican.com.au
Bishop Philip is married to Liz who is a psychologist. They have three adult sons.
Greenhouse Interiors was founded in 2010 by Julia Green, a former pharmaceutical industry executive with a passion for great design, and it has fast become one of the leading style collaboratives in the country. Jacqui Moore, former Marketing Director of Country Road, has been working with Julia since the inception of Greenhouse Interiors and in early 2013 stepped out of her executive corporate career to join the team full time. See www.greenhouseinteriors.com.au
Sex Therapist, Relationship Coach and Tantra Teacher, Jacqueline is
one of Australia’s foremost experts in sexuality, positive sex and relationships. With thousands of hours of experience working with private clients and group workshops, Jacqueline is, in effect, a 'Sex Geek' – unabashedly fascinated by sex, love and intimacy in all its aspects, from the biological to the psychological to the spiritual. Jacqueline combines the wisdom of the ancients with the best of modern scientific practice, with post-graduate qualifications in Psychology and Sexual Health. She has published two books: 'The Sex Life Survival Guide for Parents' and 'Sex Secrets for Busy People', and has just finished the manuscript for her third book on female sexuality, and has commenced her fourth book on male sexuality.
Kerryn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and nutrition consultant based in Adelaide. She specialises in sports nutrition, general health and well-being and diabetes management. She has a natural passion for good health and can often be found in her kitchen attempting to translate complex nutrition recommendations to what we put on our plate. In her personal life she is happily married to a professional football player (the real football) and enjoys training for endurance events including running and triathlon. Read more about her cooking mantra and approach nutrition at kerrynboogaard.com You can also follow her on twitter: @kerryn_boogaard instagram: kerryn_boogaard_nutrition and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kerrynboogaardnutrition
Sharon founded Agent99 Public Relations in 2007 after working overseas on high profile brands such as Warner Bros. Pictures and Starbucks Coffee for over 13 years. Prior to Agent99, Sharon worked as an account manager with Markson Sparks Publicity and at the Grey Group. See http://agent99pr.com
Dr Squirrel Main is a post-doctoral Research Fellow in education policy and evaluation, with a PhD from the University of Auckland that focussed on teacher support systems in low socio-economic schools and Masters in Education Policy from Stanford University in the USA. Her professional experience includes research roles for education policy and evaluation projects, a course instructor in kayaking, sailing, climbing and navigation for Outward Bound and a teacher. Squirrel is currently completing a Masters of Journalism at the University of Melbourne.
Jill Castle, has over 20 years of professional and practical experience in the field of paediatric nutrition. She is a registered dietitian and child nutrition expert who is passionate about equipping families with knowledge and know-how when it comes to raising healthy eaters. She is a mother of four children, blogger, and co-author of 'Fearless Feeding'.
I am a thinker, researcher and writer in sustainability. My Masters of Philosophy thesis at The University of Melbourne looked at cleanliness expectations and resource consumption. Since submission I have taught sustainable fashion at both QUT and RMIT Universities, and presented my ideas in a variety of sustainability and fashion forums. My PhD is looking at the interaction between collective conventions, popular media and everyday practices, using my signature case study of laundry routines. In the meantime I am travelling, participating and presenting in a range of sustainability conferences.
Warren is a Clinical Nutritionist who specialises in the treatment of chronic immune disorders, nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxicities and hormonal imbalances through the principles of Functional Medicine and a highly individualised approach to patient care. Warren holds a bachelor degree in Nutritional Medicine and a graduate certificate in Human Nutrition from Deakin University. Warren is the National Technical Educator for Research Nutrition (an Australian based Functional Medicine advisory) supporting naturopathic and medical practitioners in their use of functional pathology testing and emphasizing its role as the basis to modern healthcare and integrative health management. Warren also lectures in Nutritional Medicine at the Endeavour College of Natural Health in Brisbane Australia.
Klaus is executive chairman of 1stavailable.com.au. He is an experienced company executive in both ASX listed and private companies and brings extensive expertise in the development and operation of large consumer focused online booking engines, websites and aggregators.
Dr Tom Keeble has a B.Sc (Hons) and a Ph.D. He has previously worked with the Queensland Brain Institute as a post-doctoral research fellow in Singapore, using embryonic frogs and human stem cells to study the specification and differentiation of the three major body layers. He returned to Australia in 2012 and am currently the Neuroscience Communicator at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
A physiotherapist since 2001, Sean has completed a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, a Level 3 High Performance Tennis Coaching Qualification and is a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is also a devoted dad.
After eight rounds of fertility treatment, Debbie became a mum for the first time at 40. She also said believed that she was the best qualified person to make decisions regarding her children's health and safety. It led her to develop "the best doormat ever" - beautifully crafted, easy to use, affordable and made with thought and love - and treated with an anti-microbial agent. Debbie has two children and lives with her family in Maryland, USA.
Kirsten is a freelance writer for a number of publications, including for Motherpedia. Her other interests include reading, going out with friends, drinking, coffee and playing football (soccer). She is an aunt to four children, including twins.
Ann lives in the Sydney suburb of Abbotsford with her partner, Paul. She has two jobs; a full-time job with Red BeeMedia Australia, in which she creates caption files for TV/DVD programs for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Ann has been a supervisor at the company for 15 years. Ann also has a part-time job at Guildford Library as a Library Officer two evenings a week.
Guillermo Campitelli is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Edith Cowan University. He who investigates individual differences in performance, judgements and decisions, with the ultimate goal of advancing knowledge to help individuals, organisations and societies maximise performance, improve the quality of judgments, and make rational and adaptive decisions. He is currently co-editor of a Special Issue “Neural Implementations of Expertise” in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. He has published widely in top journals such as Human Brain Mapping, Intelligence, Developmental Psychology, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Cognitive Science. His forthcoming book chapter on chess expertise in the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Genius, evidences his international reputation in the field of psychology of expertise.
Albert Huynh is a Chiropractor based in Melbourne. He has a strong philosophy for optimal health, high performance sports and living a positive lifestyle. He has an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a passion to educate to allow you to achieve the best from mind and body. He is Principal Chiropractor and Director at Zen Chiropractic. You can find out more about him at www.zenchiropractic.com.au
Dr Sara Mullen is a cosmetic physician at the Victorian Cosmetic Institute (VCI) and a mother of two. Dr Mullen specialises in non-surgical rejuvenation of the face using laser treatments, anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. She believes that the best cosmetic outcomes are natural and enhancing, ultimately improving her patients' sense of self and well being. Prior to joining VCI in 2007, Dr Mullen was a GP. For further information, see www.thevictoriancosmeticinstitute.com.au
Annabel Karmel is a ‘mumpreneur’ juggling life as a busy working mother of three with a hugely successful career. She has written more than 20 bestselling cookbooks, appears on radio and television, writes regularly for newspapers and magazines, and is the UK's top author on children's nutritional issues. Annabel’s first book, The Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner published in 1991, has become the authoritative guide on feeding babies. Annabel was awarded an MBE in June 2006 for her outstanding work in the field of child nutrition. In 2009 Annabel won a prestigious Caterer & Hotelkeeper Excellence in Food Award for her children’s meals as well as Mother and Baby magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010 Annabel won the media category of the First Women Awards, which recognise women at the top of their professions who are leading the way for the next generation.
Franco Lagudi is publisher of Australia’s only regular Fresh Food Report and is CEO of fresh produce marketplace SOCexchange.com.au. As one of Australia’s leading and most respected fresh produce wholesalers, Franco forecasts price and quality on a daily basis to Australia’s major fresh food retailers, including the national chains.
Professor John Freebairn holds the Ritchie Chair in Economics at the University of Melbourne. He has degrees from the University of New England and the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Melbourne in 1996 his preceding career includes university appointments at the ANU, LaTrobe and Monash, and periods with the NSW Department of Agriculture and at the Business Council of Australia. John is an applied microeconomist and economic policy analyst with current interests in taxation reform and environmental economics.
Professor Mathew Vadas is the Executive Director of the Centenary Institute. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Sydney and as a physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital before completing a doctorate at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. After postdoctoral work at Harvard, he returned to Australia and built up a significant research enterprise in Adelaide as inaugural Director of the Hanson Institute. He is the former Chair of the Medical Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, and currently serves on the Board of the Arts & Health Foundation. Professor Vadas' research embodies a multidisciplinary approach to discover new molecules or pathways that may uncover fundamental phenomena of nature and/or lead to novel therapeutics.
Michael Grose is the director of Parentingideas, Australia’s leading provider of parenting resources for schools, and the author of eight parenting books. Passionate about positive and effective parenting, Michael regularly appears on television and radio to discuss family matters.
'Dr Charles' is a pen name. He is a US based family physician (or GP) who finds that writing about medicine helps make him a better doctor by better understanding people, as well as in staying informed about the ever-evolving improvements in medicine. Dr Charles has a special place in his heart for home-grown tomatoes. At no stage should his blogs be taken as a suitable alternative to medical advice. Dr Charles' personal blog is at www.theexaminingroom.com
Jacqui Marson is a psychologist and counsellor based in London with more than 15 years clinical experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology and a Masters of Science in Advanced Counselling Psychology. Jacqui has just written a book called 'The Curse of the Lovely'.
Kylie has a daughter and two sons, aged 8-15 years and teaches at a government primary school in Brisbane. Her interests include cooking, running and yoga. She commenced work on a PhD in early childhood learning in July 2014 - a project which she expects will take seven years to complete.
Keith moved from Bournemouth University (UK) to work in Australia, with his wife Amy, in 2011. His research interests are based around the sociology of sport, with a focus on sports fandom, and include examining areas of gender inequality. He is an active, if unsuccessful, sportsperson and has recently taken up fencing.
http://uws.academia.edu/KeithParry. Follow Keith on Twitter @sportinaus
Tom, 45, is devoted family man committed to spending quality time with his wife and twin children in Bondi, Sydney. Such an appreciation for balance was the result of an indulgent and overworked lifestyle. During his 26-year career as a broker at Sydney’s leading financial institutions, Tom was the opposite of calm and far from centred. His life was characterised by hard work, hard play and minimal rest, leading to heightened anxiety, debilitating panic attacks and depression. At 29 he was told by doctors he had the body of a 37-year-old. Confronted with the prospect of taking anti-depressants for the rest of his life, Tom began his search for a natural alternative. He found the answer in STILLNESS, a 5000-year-old technique rooted in Vedic traditions. Today, whether at home, across the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, or in the tranquil rainforest of Bali, Tom sets aside 20 minutes twice a day to reboot his mind and body. See www.scienceofstillness.com
Kerry Arch is a single mum of two boys and is advocating for better financial support for single parents. She is involved with the United Sole Parents of Australia. Kerry works part-time for the YMCA Australia.
Kiersten Fishburn is the Director of the Casula Powerhouse Museum in the western suburbs of Sydney, prior to which she was the Manager of Culture and Libraries for the City of Sydney. She is the mother of Zac, drinker of tea, reader of fiction, a frustrated poetry writer, observer of Australian politics - and she plays the drums.
Caroline and Caroline are here to support you while you are raising your baby. With their wealth of knowledge and background in Midwifery and Child Heath Nursing, they can offer you a variety of solutions to the issues that you are facing with your babies. Being mums themselves, they understand the pressures, the expectations, and the tiredness that many parents face. For further information, check out http://www.carolinesangels.com.au/
Cathy has worked for 20 years in the financial services sector in various roles, with qualifications in financial planning. She is mum to two young sons. After seeing so many people living from pay-to-pay, Cathy realised that, in most cases, it was because they didn't know how to manage their money. If that was the case - what were they teaching children? While on maternity leave with her second child, Cathy researched the topic to find a way to help parents teach their kid’s good financial habits. Cathy believes it's not a matter to be left for schools, but is parents' responsibility also. She says the key is to start good habits early, and Cathy has now written several books on the matter. Find out more at www.financialkids.com
Loosely translated, the name Vasiliki is equivalent to 'Sylvia', the name by which Vasiliki was known before she resumed her given Greek name. It says a lot about pre multicultural Australia that her then very young mother felt there was a need to choose a name which would make for easier acceptance in everyday Australia. Clearly Vasiliki was destined for a life in multiculturalism! She started by teaching English and History at an inner city Sydney high school and later taught teacher trainees. She moved into multicultural policy making for government, finally running her own training consultancy for the last twenty years. Vasiliki loves her very extended family with all its challenges, tribulations, vicissitudes and happinesses. She takes great joy and delight in people, the arts, reading, writing, cooking and eating! Most of all, she likes to share, so kali orexi, bon appetit, and good eating to you all.
Beth Hart is a personal trainer and yoga instructor who works with individual clients as well as in residential aged care facilities to assist older people to keep as mobile as possible. Originally from Perth, she is now resident in Sydney and is mum to two primary school kids.
Anna has lived in Dubai her husband and (now) three children since 2005. She is a full time and busy mum, especially with an often absent partner; helps out at school especially when her graphic designer skills are needed; is learning Arabic very slowly; and keeps active with tennis.
Perre Magness has studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. She has done coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London as well as courses in Morocco, Thailand and France. Her kitchen of choice is at home, experimenting with unique but practical ideas. As well as her deep and abiding interest in food, Perre has qualifications in International Relations and a Masters in Anthropology from Oxford University.
Sue was a high school Maths teacher for more than 40 years until her retirement at the end of 2013. She is the mother of four, grandmother of 10 and still married after all these years, living "happily in God's own state, Queensland." She has qualifications in teaching, mathematics and education. Her other interests include quilting and running (which she has recently taken up).
Caroline is a Registered Nurse and Midwife from Perth, and also director of Carolines Angels, a specialist baby sleep agency. Along with her business partner, Caroline Radford, Caroline's Angels offers families assistance with sleep, settling, behaviour and toileting support for 0-5 year olds, in Perth, elsewhere in the state, Australia and internationally. Caroline published her first book in 2014, a personal memoir of her time as a midwife, entitled 'Blue Hydrangeas'.
Dr Gerry O’Callaghan is Senior Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. He is Chair of the Advisory Group to the NHMRC National Organ Donation Collaborative, Chair of the Education Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and was inaugural National Medical Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority.
Gerry graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed postgraduate training in anaesthesia in Ireland, the UK and Israel followed by intensive care medicine in Australia. Gerry became interested in the challenges of facilitating organ donation and the interface with transplantation medicine while working in the Institute of Liver Studies, Kings College Hospital, London and has been a leading figure in Australia in advocating for improved organ donation arrangements. He was a Finalist in the 2013 South Australian of the Year awards.
Margaret Clark is an education writer, blogger and tweeter mainly on issues related to public education, Indigenous and gender politics and policies. Before retirement Margaret was the CEO of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and in that role produced many articles and submissions on the Australian Education Revolution agenda. Prior to the CEO role Margaret worked in a senior role in the Australian Public Service and most recently in the NT Department of Education and Training. Margaret is also a mum and grandma.
Professor Jonathan Morris AM is Director of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research at Royal North Shore Hospital. A graduate from the University of Edinburgh with a PhD from Oxford, Professor Morris completed his Obstetric and Maternal Fetal Medicine specialty training in Sydney. He took up the position of maternal fetal medicine specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1998 and over the past 14 years he’s built a pregnancy research group that includes laboratory research, clinical trials and population health and health service research. Professor Morris is Associate Dean and Head of Northern Clinical School at the University of Sydney. He serves on the NHMRC Academy and leads a number of clinical studies aimed at preventing preterm birth and its complications.
Jonathan was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for service to maternal and infant health as a clinician, educator, patient advocate and researcher.
Poh Ling Yeow is a Malaysian born artist and chef who was runner-up in Master Chef in 2009. She has since had her own television series on the ABC, known as 'Poh's Kitchen' and has published two cookbooks. She is passionate about Malaysian food and is an ambassador for Malaysian Kitchen Australia.
Anita Bulan is a writer, editor, journalist, producer, and voice artist. Originally from Melbourne, she has worked all over the world and once got in a drinking contest with the chief of police in Nha Trang, Vietnam. She lost. Anita lives in New York City with her Brooklyn-born daughter Lucia, who received a letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle celebrating her birth. Follow her on Twitter @AnitaBulan
Darren Mara is a multimedia journalist who contributes to broadcasters including SBS and ABC and publishers APN. He's worked as a reporter in Australia, Indonesia and Germany and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Darren's journalistic passions include human rights, indigenous affairs and Australian society
Anna has a passion for all things green. She has a long held interest in the protection of the natural environment, in energy policy and the challenge of climate change. Anna is the founder of the Daily Lime and spends most of her time chasing after her two small boys
Elly is a Relationship Counsellor, Pregnancy Consultant, Parent Educator and columnist for Practical Parenting magazine. She also writes for The Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Life website and runs the website www.parentsupportonline.com.
Elly’s passion is supporting parents through all the changes and adjustments to life and love that come with the parenthood territory. Her first book, Becoming Us, Loving, Learning and Growing Together, the Essential Relationship Guide for Parents has been welcomed enthusiastically by parents as well as those who care about them.
Elly has presented at national conferences on pregnancy and parenthood issues and has been interviewed for radio, newspapers, magazines and television, but her most important role starts after her three kids get home from school.
Jane Barry is a registered nurse, midwife and child health nurse, baby feeding and wellbeing advisor on behalf of Philips AVENT with nearly 30 years of experience. She combines her working life with writing parenting columns and caring for her own family. Jane understands how important the early years of parenting are and just how hard they can be.
Shannon Duffy, mum of two boys, is the co-author of three books including The Couples Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond (Blue Leaf Publications). She has been quoted by CNN on multiple occasions, as well as iVillage, GalTime and Parenting Magazine, offering up advice and tips on parenting. www.ShannonMarieDuffy.com
Josie Gagliano is a ‘slashie’ and proud of it: a journalist [she has written for Marie Claire Australia, Madison magazine, Jetstar magazine, Studio magazines, Practical Parenting, Cream magazine, Cosmopolitan Middle East and Australia, and more], a passionate blogger [see her list of blogs below], and PR, she admits she tries to juggle all of the above with being a mum to young twins. She says she sometimes excels and is prone to a justified brag… and sometimes she “fails miserably and falls in a heap”, freely admitting that also.
Josie’s blogs are:
Dr Harleen Kumar BDSc (Melb), DClinDent (Melb) is a Registered Specialist Paedodontist at Smile Solutions 4 Kids. Dr Kumar has completed a Bachelor of Dental Science and Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry).
Dr Kia Pajouhesh, B.Sc., B.D.Sc. (Melb) is the Managing Director of Smile Solutions & Smile Solutions 4 Kids. Dr Kia Pajouhesh founded Smile Solutions & Smile Solutions 4 Kids in 1993 and is now the largest privately owned dental practice in Australia, with a patient base exceeding 44,000
Dr. Scott Bainbridge is a practicing veterinarian at his own companion animal hospital. He has an interest in both Western and Eastern medicine and is trained in veterinary acupuncture, laser light therapy and most recently, stem cell based regenerative medicine. Dr. Bainbridge formed the FUTURE VET KIDS CAMP in 2010 out of his affection for the landscape and animals of Australia combined with his passion for veterinary medicine. He lives with his wife and son, their lab/chow Loki, Fester the cat and Henry the chameleon.
Linda Anderson is the founder of Mums on the Go (www.mumsonthego.com.au) – a directory of child-friendly businesses that help Mums look after their own needs even when they have kids in tow. Linda is Mum to two gorgeous girls and has her third baby on the way in August 2012.
Kerri Peterson is a director of My Resume Builder - an online resume builder helping students create a professional resume just the way Australian employers like it. For more information visit www.myresumebuilder.com.au
Danielle Di-Masi is a keynote speaker and business trainer. She specialises in business etiquette and all things around behaviours and human interaction; especially in building effective business relationships through connection and rapport. Danielle has worked and presented for some of the biggest companies and events in Australia and the US. For further information on Danielle visit: www.nextbusinessleaders.com
Kathryn Hocking is mum and a Director of Reverie Coaching, a Career and Life Coaching Business located in Adelaide, SA Specialising in working mums and mumpreneurs. For further information visit: www.reveriecoaching.com
Janet Powell, The Parenting Coach of Mentor Maestro helps parents create wonderful family relationships and overcome the challenges of parenting today. With Janet’s help, parents gain skills, strategies, self-insights and the confidence to be the best parents they can be.
Laura Bishop is the Director of Little Bird Nanny Share. She spent 15 years in corporate life, and returned to work when her daughter was six months old. She has worked both full and part-time since then. The significant challenges for women returning to work after having children prompted Laura to set up Little Bird Nanny Share to reduce stress for working parents. Little Bird provides handpicked nannies and personally matches like-minded families to share their cost.
Follow Laura’s blog at www.little-bird.com.au/blog
Pinky McKay, International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), runs a private practice in Melbourne. She’s a best-selling author with four titles published by Penguin; Sleeping Like a baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart, endorsed by The Australian Breastfeeding Association, La Leche League International and The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health. Pinky’s gentle parenting techniques offer effective, proven alternatives to “baby training approaches” which may have long term negative effects on infants’ emotional and mental health and undermine parents’ confidence and connection with their little ones. Her real-world experience stems from being the mother of five and grandmother of three.
Jackie Hall is a not only a life coach, course facilitator and life coach trainer for the Anti-Depression Association of Australia (ADAA) but is also the mother of two boys aged four and five. She has worked with many clients who have had stress, depression and anxiety and has also trained counsellors and psychologists in the ADAA method. Having suffered from bouts of depression and anxiety during her own experience of motherhood, she began searching for effective answers. Unable to find any, she created ways to change her own m indset towards motherhood and then combined them with recent training from the ADAA. The result is The Happy Mum Handbook.
Anna Grigg is a mother and qualified fitness professional from Sydney’s Northern Beaches with experience in personal/group training and social running squads. Anna is also a competitive long distance runner who regular competes in events up to half marathon distance.
An HR and marketing professional turned new mother, Mei found her life upturned by the arrival of a bouncing baby boy. Life certainly took a different tack with date-night and the luxury of time disappearing swiftly! Finding the right babysitter for her precious little man was often a focus but harder than she thought. It was the same with all her friends.The objective became trying to solve the babysitter problem and help other busy parents like her find a more effective way to find babysitters.
Why not take just an hour or so out of their day to meet a group of pre-interviewed babysitters in one go? What an idea! And so, Meet A Sitter was born! To find out more about Mei's service please visit www.meetasitter.com.au.
Dr Heyworth has provided professional medical advice to thousands of families, foster carers, teachers, guidance officers and general practitioners over her 15 years of practicing psychiatry. Specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry for 11 years, Dr Heyworth has developed the „Jungle‟ analogy for children‟s emotions and behaviour that has implications for understanding the behaviour of us all. Dr Heyworth is a frequent speaker at local and state government child behaviour workshops and regularly holds her own seminars discussing strategies to manage and understand child and adolescent behavioural issues.
Emma Grey is the author of Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum (Lothian, 2005). Her training consultancy, www.worklifebliss.com.au, throws a lifeline to women who are struggling to ‘have it all’ and she offers a free eBook on the site, called ‘The 7 Types of Busy: how to untangle yourself from having too much’. Emma has three children and two step-children – two young adults, a teen, a tween and a toddler. She’s two books in, writing a teen-fiction trilogy (no vampires) and loves travel, social networking and ABBA tribute nights and she blogs every so often at www.emmacatherinegrey.blogspot.com.
Michelle worked as a teacher before establishing Youth Excel in 2000, a charity
devoted to working with teenagers from all walks of life to ensure they reach their
full potential. Youth Excel delivers small group programs and mentoring to
hundreds of teenage girls in Brisbane each year, ensuring Michelle remains at the
cutting edge of teenage culture. Her core philosophy is that families and
communities hold the key to the issues facing Australia’s youth.
Dr Julia Driscoll is a married mother of three children and has been a practicing GP in the Northern Beaches area of Cairns for a number of years. Julia has a passion for both writing and children. She has a special interest in childhood health and development. She is the author of My Story that prevents sibling rivalry by smoothing the intro of a new baby. Visit www.juliaschildrensbooks.com for more information.
Linda Enever has a distinctive history in the staffing and recruiting arena; a decade with various companies where she became skilled & respected recruiter and manager valued by her clients, candidates staff and colleagues alike. With her journey to motherhood through Linda planned and created Family Capers a resource for all things family and most recently has founded Media Connections to connect Media and Business.
Kim is a professional astrologer who has a passion for helping mums understand their kids through astrology. She also has a special interest in helping new mums maintain their own identity and uniqueness through exploring their birth chart. Kim has a website with an online store where she has sourced many beautiful products for children – www.krysalisastrology.com.au. She also writes a children’s astrology blog – www.krysaliskids.com
Cassie Hamer is a freelance writer with a background in TV journalism and
PR. She is currently studying a masters degree in creative writing. Her two children and husband would prefer she get a bachelor's in play-doh. Instead, for family fun they all sit around the computer and watch Cassie blog. You can follow it at www.mumplusmore.blogspot.com
Jody Allen is the founder of Stay at Home Mum - The Secret to Living on One Wage: www.stayathomemum.net.au. Her blog is all about money saving ideas for mums. I feature a lot of frugal recipes, how to make your own cleaning products, organisation tips, cleaning hints and some realistic work at home opportunities for mums.
Sally-Anne Blanshard is an energetic and focussed Coach who is skilled in the helping you navigate your thinking to create positive changes in life. Coaching programs are available in areas of Career, Job Search, Small Business and Motherhood.
Rhian Allen, from Sydney, is a mum of one who launched her own weight loss for women company, www.losebabyweight.com.au, on October 1 2010. After studying a part time nutrition course, Rhian left a 12 year media career to pursue her dreams of running her own business in the health and weight loss industry and in August 2011 Lose Baby Weight won Best Customer Service Award and the Emerging Mumpreneur of the Year Award at the annual AusMumpreneur Awards. Since launching the Company, Lose Baby Weight has helped mums across Australia and New Zealand lose over 75,000kg and regain their energy and health post pregnancy.
Mish is the founder and CEO of mishfit. mishfit mothers is a specialised personal training program designed for pregnant and post-natal women, educating women on how to exercise safely and where their babies and children are welcome. mishfit is truly a family friendly small business and is now available as a franchise. To find out more, please visit www.mishfit.com.au
Beverley is the owner of LifelineDesign - a professional organising company specialising in creating customised solutions based on people's unique needs and personality. From preparing for baby’s arrival, to managing a busy family and household, LifelineDesign helps people navigate through the chaos and get organised.
Jessica is a member of CAPA (the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW) with a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Sydney and near completing her Masters of Applied Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Jansen Newman Institute. Jessica currently works part time for a private psychiatric hospital in Sydney and has extensive experience working with a wide range of presenting problems.
As Health Strategies Director for Cancer Council NSW, Kathy is responsible for leading cancer prevention work, focusing on encouraging healthy living. She is passionate about making healthy choice the easy choice for Australians, young and old and she is one of the leading Australian researchers on junk food marketing and pester power. As a qualified nutritionist, she is also a foodie who enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Dr Melanie Strang lives in south east Melbourne with her family & is passionate about issues relating to transition to motherhood. She has an interest in antenatal education and wellbeing during and after pregnancy.
Melanie is a(n):
-Medical practitioner (Bsc MBBS)
-Support worker with PANDA (Post and Antenatal Depression Association)
-Online teacher with Oceania University of Medicine
-Experienced practitioner in mental health and public health
-A mother of two young children
Janine is the Senior Analyst at Wealth Within, a private investment company specialising in managing direct share portfolios through their Individual Managed Account Service. The company is also a government accredited specialist share market educator, where Janine is one of only two lead trainers educating people how to invest and trade the share market.
Eleni Mitakos is the Managing Director of Galmatic and mother to Zoe 6 and Ava 3. Galmatic is an all Australian company, with a strong passion for empowering women to take the driver’s seat when it comes to cars, driving and the road safety of their family and friends. For more details on Galmatic visit www.galmatic.com
Amanda is mum to Chelsea, a certified Personal Trainer and owns her own Women’s Only Outdoor Fitness Business, Blue Sky Health & Fitness, based in Melbourne. Blue Sky Fitness offers Women of all ages, sizes and abilities a supportive and friendly environment in which to get fit, get healthy and be happy (but it’s also challenging!) For more information on Blue Sky Health & Fitness classes, please visit www.blueskyfitness.com.au.
Amanda also has Mummy Bootcamp at Home, to help women (mums in particular) lose weight, tone up and feel great about themselves. For more information on the 28 Day Body & Mind Transformation Bootcamp visit www.mummybootcampathome.com.au
Laura Trotta (BEng (Enviro), MSc (Enviro Chem) is an eco mum, environmental engineer and founder of www.sustainababy.com.au. She lives in regional South Australia with her husband Paul and son, Matthew.
Philip Pryor is a Director of the Great Parents Institute. Philip is a dad of two wonderful girls who, he shamelessly admits, has tested all his theories out on! So far, even with a marriage break-up, one child with a severe chronic disease and one hitting adolescence he is prepared to concede he’s done not too bad a job. His aim to have happy settled kids who enjoy life, is well on track.