Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr Louis Cozolino

Dr Louis Cozolino is a world-renowned expert in brain development. He has authored 7 books, co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on child abuse, schizophrenia, education, language and cognition. Dr Cozolino has diverse clinical and research interests and holds degrees in philosophy and theology, in addition to his doctoral in clinical psychology. He has conducted empirical research in schizophrenia, child abuse and the long-term impact of stress. Recently, his interests have turned to a synthesis of the biobehavioural sciences and psychotherapy. When Dr Cozolino is not lecturing in various locations around the world, he maintains his clinical and consulting practice in Los Angeles and New York.

Dr Cozolino will deliver both a keynote and workshop and the ECLD 19 Conference where he will not only take delegates on a journey through the social neuroscience of education, but he will also share invaluable insights on what great educators do to help stimulate the minds and brains of children to learn, especially with hard to reach “unteachable” children.




Dr Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is one of the very few people in Australia with a PhD in Positive Psychology – and the only person in the country (and almost the world) whose PhD include a careful look at the intersection of Positive Psychology and relationships, particularly in family life.

One of Australia’s most respected and popular corporate and education keynote speakers, facilitators, authors and researchers, he has spoken to and worked with tens of thousands of people aiming to improve relationships, meaning and wellbeing in leadership, education and especially in family life.

Addressing the issues that matter most, Justin uses his analytical and practical approach to address challenges facing today’s workplaces and educational institutes.


  • Professional Development for Educators and Corporate staff in Relationships, Wellbeing and Leadership
  • Conference presentation for all staff to help with work/life balance, building trust, finding meaning and purpose at work, improving relationships and parenting
  • Parenting presentations throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia

Justin’s clients list includes The Commonwealth Bank, American Express, Bank of Queensland, the Office of the Children’s E-safety Commissioner, The Federal Government’s Department of Social Services, Life Education, Intel Security and literally hundreds of schools.

Justin writes a weekly column for the Sydney’s Saturday Daily Telegraph (1M+ readers), appears regularly on the TODAY show, and is the author of 4 books, selling over 40,000 copies to date.

Most importantly, Justin is an expert in wrestling (his) children, reading Dr Suess, sliding down steep hills on cardboard boxes, and teaching his children to ride bikes. He and his wife Kylie are the parents of six children and live in Brisbane.


Peter Hutton

Director of the Future Schools Alliance, Peter Hutton has been a school leader in four state and independent schools for the last 
25 years. His strength is transformational insight and HOW to implement change in schools. Additional areas of expertise include change management, student entrepreneurship, alternative tertiary pathways, supporting dyslexic students and futurism. 

Peter was appointed Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in 2009. It was a “broken” school with just 286 local students and 23 
Year 7s. Today, TC has over 1,150 students and has recently been recognised by Finland’s HundrED organisation as one of the most innovative schools in the world.

As a person with dyslexia, Peter sees the world differently, and has spent his life challenging assumptions and conventions. Drawing on the latest research and proven methodologies, Peter is committed to working with other school leaders to significantly improve the lives of young people by transforming the education system to equip students for times of exponential change.





Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor

Nat Kendall-Taylor, PhD, is CEO at the FrameWorks Institute in Washington DC, leading communications practitioners and social scientists to investigate ways to apply innovative framing research methods to social issues and train non-profit organisations to put the findings into practice.

Nat joined FrameWorks in 2008 and since then has led work across the FrameWorks portfolio, with a special focus on issues related to early childhood development & mental health, and criminal justice worldwide and within Australia.

As an expert in psychological anthropology, senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and visiting professor at the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine, we look forward to Nat joining us for several events at ECLD19 including a Keynote, Workshop, Masterclass, plus more…

Learn more about the specialised research and findings of Nat’s work within Australia (

Invited Speakers

 Dr Sandra Hesterman

Dr Sandra Hesterman is the Director Early Childhood Education at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Sandra is a strong advocate for the rights of young children and is presently campaigning for the development of a government-led WA Play Strategy to ensure children’s universal access to high quality play experiences to optimise their learning, development and wellbeing, and for their voice to be heard on all matters affecting them – no matter who they are, no matter where they live.







Helen Creed

Helen Creed has held senior roles in government, in the non-government sector and in the union movement. She has also held many Board positions and is currently Deputy Chair of the WA Government’s Supporting Communities Forum, Chair of Regional Early Education and Development Inc, Chair of Vic Park Youth Accommodation and a Board Member with Child Australia.

Helen has been active in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services for over 30 years including being involved in establishing early childhood services, as a union organiser for child care, as national president of the union responsible for staff in ECEC, participating on industry bodies and as Executive Director of the Department responsible for licensing and funding ECEC services.

In 1989, Helen was awarded the WA Women’s Fellowship to travel to the United States to look at work-based child care; in 2002 she was awarded the Centenary Medal in recognition of her work in child care and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018.




Liam McNicholas

Liam McNicholas is an experienced teacher and leader in the early childhood education sector. He regularly writes and speaks about the major issues facing Australia’s early education system, and currently oversees Professional Leadership and Practice for Northside Community Service in Canberra.








Professor Caroline Fewster

Caroline Fewster is an early childhood academic, author and presenter. Caroline most recently set up the Children’s Services’ degree program at Bond University. During her time at Bond University Caroline received the 
prestigious Carrick Institute Award for innovative and collaborative approaches to student learning in the field of children’s services.

As an early Childhood Education Consultant, Caroline works extensively with many Family Day Care Services and Early Childhood 
Services throughout Australia, developing customised professional development programs for early childhood educators. Caroline has presented workshops and programs at a variety of State, National and International Early Childhood conferences. 

Feedback from Children’s Services’ Organisations indicates the success of her workshops and programs are the wonderful, practical and creative ideas she brings to demonstrate to participants during workshops and programs.




David Zarb

David Zarb has been the CEO of Playgroup WA since 2008. Initially qualified as a social worker he has worked with children, families and communities for 25 years. He has worked extensively in child protection and family support roles as practitioner and manager.

This work has informed a passion for the importance of work in the early years, particularly in supporting and acknowledging the role of families and communities in having healthy and happy children. Over the past ten years he has worked exclusively in the early years, including managing two WA Communities for Children sites.

David is a long term member of the WA AEDC Coordinating Committee and has served on the Boards of Nature Play WA, Family Partnership Training WA and the WA Branch of Early Childhood Australia. David is currently the WA representative the National Early Years Chapter of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.


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Key Dates

Conference Dates: 29 - 30 March 2019
Registrations Open:  1 July 2018 
Call for Abstracts Open: Closed
Author Notification: 14 December 2018
Early Bird Closes: 21 January 2019


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