APS College of Organisational Psychologists

Committee Information

The following members of the National College Committee have been elected by the members of the College of Organisational psychologists. Please feel free to contact the College Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this College.

Chair

Ms Heather Ikin
Phone: 0407 714 187
Heather is a Registered Organisational Psychologist with over a decade of experience in consulting, organisational development, culture change, leadership, and health, safety and wellbeing. Heather currently works as People Engagement and Performance Manager for Relationships Australia Queensland. She is responsible for advising on and implementing strategies to enhance employee engagement, performance and wellbeing, building leadership capacity to effectively manage, develop and retain the workforce.

Heather has made a significant contribution to the College, having been a part of the COP Queensland Committee from February 2009 to October 2017, and holding roles including PD Coordinator, Secretary and State Chair. On joining the national committee, she started out as Qld representative, prior to taking on the roles of Member Engagement Officer and Deputy Chair at the national level. Heather is proud to serve as National Chair until July 2021.

Chair-Elect

Mr David Heap

Secretary

Mr Peter Kellaway
Phone: 0416 018 945

Treasurer

Ms Kellie Rigg

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Marketing & Communications Lead

Mr Hayden Fricke

Member Engagement Lead

Mrs Tessa Dehring
Tessa is an organisational psychologist and Director at Nous Group, Australia's largest privately owned consulting firm. She works within Nous’ Organisational Performance and Leadership practice and leads Nous' Leader assessment and talent management offers. She works with senior leaders and their teams on key organisational issues primarily focused on supporting enhanced organisational performance and leadership.

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Committee Member

Dr Timothy Bednall
Dr Timothy Colin Bednall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and Marketing at Swinburne University. He previously worked at the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He has also worked in industry for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Chandler Macleod. Dr Bednall is the National Chair of the APS College of Organisational Psychologists. His broad research area is employee learning and innovation, and charitable behaviour.

Chair
ACT

Mr Warwick Graco
I previously worked in Defence, Health and Revenue Collection. I am semi-retired and spend my time working with others in an analytics shed to explore ideas and to develop innovative products and services to assist with analysis and decision making. One of the shed’s current focal areas is deception and the detection of insider threats in organizations. My interests include analytics, use of digital assessments to measure human capabilities, organizational learning, organizational decision making, and innovation and disruptive change. My specialist skill is digital profiling -i.e. using a combination of machine learning and human judgment to profile people of interest such as fraudsters, security threats, dangerous drivers, captains of industry and political leaders.

Chair
NSW

Mr Warwick Graco
I previously worked in Defence, Health and Revenue Collection. I am semi-retired and spend my time working with others in an analytics shed to explore ideas and to develop innovative products and services to assist with analysis and decision making. One of the shed’s current focal areas is deception and the detection of insider threats in organizations. My interests include analytics, use of digital assessments to measure human capabilities, organizational learning, organizational decision making, and innovation and disruptive change. My specialist skill is digital profiling -i.e. using a combination of machine learning and human judgment to profile people of interest such as fraudsters, security threats, dangerous drivers, captains of industry and political leaders.

Chair
QLD

Mrs Emily Douglass
Emily currently runs her own consultancy business, GRIT Consultancy and is focused on building resilience in leaders, teams and individuals. She enjoys a mix of coaching and facilitation within the business.
Prior to becoming an Organisational Psychologist Emily had a career as a logistics officer in the Australian Army. It was here that she developed a strong sense of what it takes to lead people through difficult situations, something she now applies in her current work.
Emily is grateful to have the opportunity to support the organisational psychology community through her work on the committee.

Chair
SA

Ms Angela Haydon
Angela is currently Organisational Development Manager at Advanced Plastic Recycling - an organisation that manufactures products from recycled plastic and wood. She currently has a focus on strategy development and organisational growth. Prior to this, Angela worked as a Consultant for a number of years and has experience in a broad range of industries.

Chair
VIC

Ms Vicki Kavadas
Vicki is a registered and endorsed Organisational Psychologist and ‘pracademic’, working as both an academic in the Master of Organisational Psychology program at Deakin and a consultant. Vicki has research interests in leadership, wellbeing, and workplace relationships. Her areas of practice include leadership and team development. She is passionate about the development of future Organisational Psychologists and finds her students are her biggest source of inspiration and motivation.

Chair
WA

Ms Pauline Willis
Phone: 08 9467 2218
As a provider of integrative, systemic solutions for individuals, teams and organisations, my professional practice focuses on high impact individual and team coaching and development solutions to board level in Australasia & internationally. Consultancy for strategic design & implementation of corporate coaching and mentoring programmes from c-suite to shop floor is a specific area of expertise. In 2017, I will be judging the leadership & coaching category of the Workplace Excellence Awards.