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About the BOYHOOD presenters

Mark1.jpgMark Evans

Mark has experienced and observed contemporary Australian masculinity for several decades.

In both his personal and professional life, Mark has experienced, researched, observed and spoken about the many falsehoods and contradictions that exist in relation to what it means to be male.

Boys and young men are often caught between society's expectations of boys and men, how masculinity is portrayed and developed in families, schools, the media, peer groups and in the most Australian way, on the sporting field.

It is Mark’s strongly held belief that society nurtures boys in a particular manner where boys and men are expected to possess particular masculine ways. Many of these ways of masculinity tend to promote unhealthy and confused expressions of who boys and men are, and should be.

Mark began developing the BOYHOOD program in 1997 to support schools, parents and boys themselves in understanding the road to masculinity can be found through nurturing masculinity via its natural form.

Mark holds a Masters Degree in Education (Curriculum); Bachelor Degree in Education; Two Graduate Diplomas (Leadership and Arts); Diploma of Teaching and a Diploma of Education.

Mark is a very passionate and inspiring presenter who is widely experienced and informed on the development of boys.

Mark is the father of two adult sons and two teenage daughters.

Mark worked for 20 years as a teacher and educational leader in schools across the Eastern states of Australia. He has worked as an educator and school principal in rural/north-western regions NSW, the Hunter Region of New South Wales, and in the Australian Capital Territory. Mark has taught children from 6 to 12 years of age. He has led school communities of 70 students to a large primary school with an enrolment of 500 students.

Mark is a writer on boys' issues. His electronic BOYHOOD newsletter has reached over 1800 schools across Australia, the US, Great Britain and New Zealand. Mark's articles have been used by parents, teachers and professionals in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Along with the BOYHOOD Program, Mark operates a training, facilitation and coaching business. Mark facilitates across the Australian and Australian Capital Territory Public Services. He has worked internationally for the Australian Government in Indonesia and the Philippines and led facilitations involving participants from 28 countries from Africa, South East Asia, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East.

His expertise and interest in this field include change management, communication, ethics and governance, personal growth, leadership and management, emotional intelligence and business administration.

 

Greg Burke

Greg has spent most of his life living and working in rural New South Wales.  He is married to Annette, his wife of twenty-seven years.  He is presently living in Canberra working as a psychologist.greg

Greg is the father of two adult sons who have completed their educations and separately achieving degrees in Photonics Engineering, and Education, Management and Human Resources.

Greg began his teaching career in middle and lower Primary school, and held the position of senior primary teacher.  This experience in primary lasted for five years before he transferred to a middle secondary school from years seven to ten, and this school amalgamated with a senior high school, years eleven and twelve.  His combined secondary experience lasted for twenty years. He taught in diverse subject areas including Science, Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Careers Education.  Pastoral Care of his homeroom students introduced him to skills in counselling.

In this context, Greg took on the responsibilities as year coordinator for years 7, 8 and 10, noting in particular the needs of adolescent boys. Adolescent boys were over-represented as the gender requiring most attention and were referred most frequently by female teachers, particularly in areas of correction and discipline.  At about this time he determined he wanted to pursue new directions in psychology.

During his psychology studies, Greg’s particular interests and focuses included mood disorders and abnormal psychology in general, positive psychology and its applications, addictive behaviours, health psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), cognitive psychology, and social psychology.

Greg's professional credentials include: Diploma of Teaching and a Diploma of Religious Education. More recently Greg has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Psychology (UNE).