John Cowan

John joined Parenting Place in late 1995 as a seminar presenter and author. He writes much of Parenting Place’s material, including workshops, Toolbox manuals, Attitude resources, and articles for our online library of articles. As well as presenting parenting and relationship seminars, John has developed a life skills programme base for secondary school students, a puberty programme for intermediate schools and has been integral in developing The Parenting Show with Pio. He features regularly on Good Morning and on the radio, including a regular slot, Real Life, on Newstalk ZB.

A father of three young adults, John has a varied background – scientist, youth worker, minister, media producer and social worker in mental health. His relaxed style of communication, combined with a highly developed sense of humour and empathy for people, means he is in high demand as a speaker. He is a gifted and entertaining communicator, who inspires any audience to take action to make those small changes that have a big impact, in both families and business environments.