Our Team

Michael Parker, Manager

Michael brings a wealth of experience from the youth health sector having previously worked at organisations including headspace, Surf Coast Shire and Department of Education. Michael has been a presenter of Read the Play since the program’s inception before taking on the role as Manager in 2014.

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Lauren Jack, Administration Officer

Lauren brings experience in administration through a variety of roles in the health, employment and travel industries. Lauren has also brought a strong knowledge of the local netball competitions through her own playing career since joining Read the Play in 2015.

Tayla John, Education Coordinator

Tayla is a registered nurse and qualified mental health clinician who works clinically in public mental health services. Tayla joined the Read The Play team in 2019 in the role of education coordinator. She is focussed on ensuring that the education provided to the community by Read The Play is evidenced-based and in line with clinical recommendations whilst being fun, engaging and accessible to all. Tayla’s career in mental health has been driven by her passion for breaking down stigma and empowering individuals to use their voice to help others.


Laura Whykes, Program Coordinator

Laura joined the Read The Play team in early 2019 when she came on board as the Program Coordinator for the Wyndham Region.

Laura brings extensive knowledge and experience within the health and fitness industry, she has been a qualified and practicing personal trainer and group fitness instructor for six years, holds a diploma in Nutrition and a Bachelor in Public Health and Health Promotion.

She has worked with a number of Health Promotion organisations across Geelong and Melbourne in providing communities with programs, information and skills to encourage healthy and balanced lifestyles.

Laura has extensive experience working with children and youth. She has been heavily involved in team sports from a young age, coaching both basketball and field hockey, nannying while studying at university and is lucky enough to be aunty to four fun loving nephews.