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Our course facilitators 

Emma Walsh
Executive Coach & Managing Director, Parents At Work 
Emma is a leading HR Specialist, Career Coaching Practitioner and Social Entrepreneur. Emma’s corporate career specialising in HR, Leadership Development, Career Development and Coaching spans over 15 years. Emma has supported the career transition and growth of many leaders and returning parents largely in the insurance, financial and professional services sectors including companies such as Westpac, Zurich Financial Services, KPMG and JPMorgan in the UK and Australia. Having started her own early career in Superannuation and Sales, Emma is an expert at career reinvention and transition and now, with 3 children and managing two businesses, understands the challenges most parents face when balancing work and family. 


Lisa Davison
Executive Coach, Parents At Work 
An experienced career and leadership coach, Lisa has over 15 years’ experience leading and coaching individuals and teams through change often working in dynamic and fast paced environments. Lisa has worked with clients from a range of industries and sectors such as Seven West Media, Fairfax Media, NSW Premiers Department, Macquarie Bank, Ai-Media, Westpac and Qantas. Lisa has a passion for supporting working parents and balances her work with raising her 3 children. Lisa holds a Masters of Coaching Psychology and Organisational Coaching from Sydney University.


Sarah Cleasby
Executive Coach, Parents At Work
Sarah is a highly skilled coach and facilitator specialising in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development with more than 20 years’ business experience across Europe and Australia. Sarah has worked across a number of private and public sector organisations in industries including: investment and retail banking, finance, insurance, telecommunications, professional services, media and government in both the UK and Australia. Sarah enjoys juggling work and family with her twin boys! Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with post studies in Positive Psychology and Performance Coaching. 


Kiri Stejko
Executive Coach, Parents At Work
Kiri Stejko has over 17 years’ experience in the careers arena in human resources, talent management and recruitment. Kiri is a trained Psychotherapist, with a BA (Psychology), and a Graduate Diploma in the Science of Psychology as well as Counselling. Additionally, she is a certified HBDI practitioner. With this combination of experience and training, Kiri is an expert in career coaching and talent management. Kiri supports organisations and individuals from an array of sectors to find opportunities and strategies that optimise their potential and talent. She is passionate about helping professionals feel genuinely motivated and engaged in their careers.  


Victoria Kasunic
Psychologist, Parents At Work
Victoria Kasunic is a registered psychologist, who started her own consulting business in 2009 to provide positive psychology services to individuals, families and organisations. Victoria began her career in child and family health services over 14 years ago and has extensive experience in supporting people through important transitions in their careers and personal lives. Advisor to award winning SBS TV series Go Back to Where You Came From as well as Making Australia Happy and Making Couples Happy (ABC), and a regular on Weekend Sunrise, The Morning Show and The Daily Edition (Seven Network), Victoria is sought after as a speaker and consultant. After many years as a single career woman, Victoria is now a full-time stepmother to three teenagers and balances the demands of her business with those of her family. 


Jen North
Executive Coach, Parents At Work
Jen North is a highly skilled Executive Coach, Career Management and Human Resources Practitioner. With more than 20 years of experience working in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK in senior management and executive positions, Jen brings first-hand knowledge and understanding of what it takes to manage a corporate career whilst raising a family and what it takes to survive and thrive. In 2014, Jen conducted a research study examining the impact of maternity coaching on the return to work transitions of experienced, professional women. Jen holds a Bachelor of Business degree (Human Resources and Industrial Relations) and a Masters of Business Coaching. Jennifer has three school-aged children and works part-time.


Katie Walls
Complimentary Health & Wellbeing Practitioner and Educator
Katie Walls is a complimentary health and wellbeing practitioner and educator. As the director of the Gentle Rhythms healing clinic in Sydney Katie works with men, women and children to support them live more of what feels true rather than be burdened by the external pressures and expectations many feel today. Through her experience of long-hours in Human Resource Management, to raising three children with her husband, to running her own healing clinic, Katie brings a deep understanding of the modern pressures women and men face in the demands of day-to-day living.


Nicki Ferguson
Marketing Communications Manager, Parents At Work
Nicki Ferguson has studied and worked multiple careers at once including community services (mental health), freelance writing, managing events for her own small business and practicing as a complimentary health practitioner. Flexibility and an ever-deepening level of self-care have made this a rewarding and constantly evolving journey as a single mum. Nicki’s enthusiasm for supporting working parents comes from the understanding that a thriving, harmonious workplace and home start with prioritising our own health and wellbeing. 


Lucy Dahill
Youth Mentor & Advocate, Producer, Radio Host
Lucy has had a varied life to date, from television production to complementary therapies to now working as a youth worker and completing a Masters in Public Health specialising in adolescent and youth health.  Lucy has three children in their mid-to-late teens. She has been a stay at home mum, a part-time and full-time working mum. Lucy currently works at StreetWork, an organisation that runs mentoring and outreach programs for medium to high-risk youth in Sydney. Lucy presents a community radio show on mental health and current affairs called Stay in the Loop with Lucy, on TripleH 100.1fm. She also founded Why Be You - a project that offers workshops and programs on self-esteem to schools and community groups to encourage youth to engage in life and learn how to value their voice.


Caterina Dunne
Executive Coach, Parents At Work  
Caterina is an experienced consultant, facilitator and executive coach with a background of successfully embedding performance, culture and change solutions across multi layered entities. Caterina has over fifteen years of experience working with leaders within the banking and insurance sector to optimise culture, performance and leadership potential to drive successful business outcomes. Caterina’s passion lies within coaching individuals, teams and organisations to harness their motivational drivers, increase self-awareness and optimise sustainable performance. Caterina holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, is an accredited practitioner in Motivational Maps, LSI, GSI, LI, MBTI and TLC. Caterina also has extensive project management experience, is PRINCE 2 certified and a Six Sigma Greenbelt certification. 


Sharlene Vlahos
Director of Education and Business Development, Karitane 
Sharlene has been a registered nurse since 1994 and has worked in various areas, beginning her career in the Liverpool Hospital paediatric unit. After gaining qualifications in child and family health in 1998, she then moved to Bankstown child and family health. Sharlene commenced at Karitane in 1999 as the Bankstown volunteer coordinator for 18 months before moving to the Ryde/North Shore child and family health team as a child and family health nurse. In 2009 Sharlene developed a statewide education program for general practitioners and practice nurses to deliver the Healthy Kids Check with Karitane. Sharlene has also been a nurse educator, a Circle of Security facilitator, Tuninginto Kids facilitator, and Family Partnership facilitator. Sharlene is currently an adjunct lecturer at Western Sydney University for the Masters of Child and Family Health. Ba Nursing; Cert CFH; Master of Nursing - Clinical Leadership

 
Samuel Eddy
Counsellor and Coach
Samuel has worked as a Coach and Well-being & Mental Health advocate in both Australia and the UK. He has a Master of Science, Psychology from the University of East London and trained as a Counsellor with No Panic, in the UK. Samuel works with organisations to help de-mystify mental health issues and understand why stress, anxiety, depression and other forms of mental distress can affect so many employees in organisations and in corporate environments. As a former Chief Marketing Officer Samuel has led and coached high performing teams and working professionals from organisations including ANZ and the Commonwealth Bank. Samuel specialises in helping parents manage the intersection between their personal and professional life, free up time to work more effectively and address anxiety and stress issues common amongst working parents.