Mark Ettridge (Director)

Mark is a conflict resolution trainer, suicide prevention trainer, group work facilitator and mediator with over twenty years experience working with a diverse range of young people, families and communities. This experience has provided him the opportunity to work with people in a wide range of settings.

He has a strong interest and history of working closely with Aboriginal people, which has afforded him a well developed knowledge and appreciation of Aboriginal people and culture.

Aligned with the above Mark as Director is committed to ensuring that all Willow Tree Training Pty Ltd projects, programs and services have the capacity to be measured and refined.

Presentations & Public Speaking

Service Provider & Business Chamber
Mark is a regular presenter at local service provider and business chamber forums. His ability to present and engage attendees of these forums is supported by his continuing engagement at wider youth and community forums.

A.C.T Schools Expo - 2011

Willow Tree Training Pty Ltd was invited to attend the 2011 A.C.T. Schools expo to showcase the Boys 2 Men program. Mark attended this day providing School delegates information about the Boys 2 Men program and displaying the positive independent evaluation of the programs delivered in the A.C.T.
Wanniassa High School Boys 2 Men evaluation is available to view here.

A.C.T Youth Diversionary Discussion Paper -2011

In August the Minister for Youth, Women & Community Services released a Youth Diversionary Discussion Paper seeking responses from the Youth & Community Services sector. The paper was released in an endeavour to both increase and refine diversionary opportunities for young people in the A.C.T.
Willow Tree Training Pty Ltd submitted a response to the Discussion Paper, our response is available for viewing here.

Workshop Facilitator Illawarra/South Coast Youth Work Conference -2006, 2007, 2008

Workshop presented on skills and strategies for working with young people who offend. In 2006, 2007 & 2008 he delivered presentations about the importance and benefits of creating collaborative community partnerships in the development, delivery and evaluation of programs for youth. "Camp Chic" was utilised as an example of how partnerships can work.

Gilmore Youth Leadership Forum - Sense of Community creating a Youth Voice -2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011

The GYLF Identified 125 youth leaders in the Gilmore electorate as part of the Gilmore Youth Leadership Forum. Willow Tree Training involvement in the program is to engage young people in regard to how they can participate positively in their community. An exciting outcome of the 2007 presentation is the concept of creating a Gilmore electorate Youth Round Table which will create a vehicle to identify and engage youth leaders in our community. Participation in a forum each year will encourage a youth voice on issues relevant to our youth community, engage youth in problem solving and continuing leadership conduit. In 2008 he was keynote speaker at this event.

YAPA Rural Youth Work Conference Batemans Bay NSW - Binge Drinking -2007

This presentation engaged participants in regard to the creation of a whole-of-community approach to youth binge drinking.

Boys to Men - 2005

A workshop on the importance of specific Early Education Programs for young men in our communities and evidence based success of Willow Tree Training Pty Ltd's "Boys 2 Men" program in the Shoalhaven.