Professional Development Staff

Mick Walsh

Mick Walsh has been a leading and innovative Positive Education author, educator and speaker across Australasia and internationally for many years. As a highly experienced former college leader and an avid researcher of positive psychology, he created and authored the Learning Curve Positive Education and Wellbeing program, which is used in numerous schools across the globe. All of the strategies and activities in the program, are underpinned by evidence-based research.


Con Madden

Having spent years in educational and leadership roles Con knows how schools function at an optimal level. As a school and wellbeing leader he has lead by example, in both articulating and implementing Positive Education Programs with outstanding success; setting a benchmark in supporting and building social-emotional resilience in his students, teachers and parents.


Rob Stokoe

Director of the Al-Futtaim Education Foundation having recently led Avondale Grammar School in Singapore following sixteen years as Director of JESS, Dubai. With 30 years leadership experience including Primary, Secondary and a five year spell with the University of Sunderland it’s fair to say that my career has been varied. I am passionate about great learning and see positive education as an essential ingredient for effective learning and future schools.

John Ward

John has dedicated his career to educational leadership and innovative staff professional development and is a passionate leader for teacher and student wellbeing – believing that teacher wellbeing is the foundation for student wellbeing in our schools and training facilities. Currently, as a lecturer and tutor for aspiring student-teachers at Southern Cross University and over the previous 26 years as Deputy Principal then Principal across multiple metropolitan and regional schools in NSW.

Cheryl Ward

Cheryl is a dedicated creative and performing arts teacher with over 35 years experience in secondary metropolitan and regional schools. Facilitating the establishment of a school and vocational training centre in Haiti, to creating and leading teacher training and other school-based and community initiatives here in Australia and overseas, experience has proven again and again to Cheryl, the importance of practical, realistic, wellbeing training for teachers.

Rob Hanlon

Rob has worked in numerous educational settings over a varied and diverse career. As a leader of his school campus, the wellbeing of his students and staff has been the cornerstone of his leadership style. Embedding a culture of Positive Education as part of his strategy to create a learning community of support, care, compassion and accountability.