Call for judges

The 2016 Workplace Excellence Awards was judged by a panel of Australia’s foremost organisational psychologists.

Entrants were judged on the application of psychology principles to generate measurable success within the workplace.

The judges reserve the right to withhold awards in any category at their discretion. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

The 2016 judging panel was:

John Lang

(Guest Judge for Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award Category)

John has been at the forefront of corporate health management in Australia for over three decades.  During this time John has been instrumental in the development and delivery of many of the largest, most innovative and successful programs in the country.

Before taking on the role as the CEO of the Workplace Health Association of Australia (WHAA), John was CEO/MD of a number of the country’s leading Health Management Organisations (HBA, National Mutual, Mayne Health, HCG, Good Health Solutions and Alere Health), most of whom rose to market leader status, based on a deserved reputation for innovative, high quality services and programs.

In 2005 John founded the Health and Productivity Institute of Australia (now WHAA) the peak body for the corporate wellness providers of Australia. He was president for 4 years, returning recently to the position of CEO in 2015.  John also works with a number of global health companies as the lead developer of “app-based” behavioural and technological solutions in chronic disease management for conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, COPD, and for sleep and depression.


Vicki de Prazer

Vicki de Prazer is highly regarded expert in performance psychology whose skills, knowledge and unique personal style have contributed to three Australian Olympic Games campaigns and a very successful National and International consultancy. An engaging and dynamic leader, Vicki is innovative and inspirational in structuring performance change in individuals and Teams and is committed to delivering results within Clinical, Coaching and Performance Psychology contexts.

Vicki has a particular interest in Performance Excellence in demanding occupations and for individuals at the last line where decisions need to be made, information synthesized, negotiations executed, objectives met and innovations recognized. In addition to her consultancy work she currently presents workshops in the area of information processing and its impact in the decision making process.


Dr Travis Kemp

Travis is recognised by both industry and professional peers internationally as being among Australia's leading practitioners and thought leaders in the fields of leadership, education, coaching, peak performance and organisational psychology.  His personal practice centres on executive leadership development and performance, developmental coaching and organisational sustainability and innovation. Travis is a registered psychologist with endorsement in Organisational, Exercise & Sport and Counselling Psychology, a registered Secondary Teacher, an internationally accredited Coaching Psychologist and a Certified Professional Manager and Company Director.

Travis is currently an Independent Consulting Psychologist, Strategic Business Advisor and Company Director. He currently works with C-Suite executives and their leaders and boards across ASX Top 200 companies.

He currently holds adjunct academic appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor at UniSA Business School at the University of South Australia and Honorary Principle Fellow at the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong. For 10 years he was Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney.

He has published widely in the professional and research literature on leadership, executive performance, education and coaching and is co-editor of the international peer-reviewed scientific journal, the International Coaching Psychology Review.

Travis holds Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Management, Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a past Scientific Advisory Council Member for the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard University and an Honorary Vice President of the International Society of Coaching Psychology. He is also a full member of the American Psychological Association and Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12).


Marina Reid Wilson

Marina Reid Wilson is a sought after Corporate Psychologist and Executive Coach. She has dedicated the past 20 years to leadership development, developmental coaching, psychological assessment and workplace health and wellbeing.  As a Company Director and Consulting Psychologist, Marina works with leaders and their teams across a range of industries, including legal, banking and finance, medical, dentistry, government, education and non-for-profit.

Marina is an engaging and energetic facilitator, with a solid reputation for applying current research to business issues. As an evidence-based practitioner, she is committed to designing and implementing tailored solutions in response to both individual and organisational challenges. Her solution-focused approach applies principles of Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Experiential Education.

Marina is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, holds a Masters of Science in Coaching Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS Coaching Psychology Interest Group.

Timothy Bednall

Dr Timothy 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 interests include work-related learning and employee-driven innovation.




Bill Pappas

Bill has 30 years experience as an Organisational Psychologist, working with Federal and State Government departments and agencies, national and multinational companies and small and medium businesses.  He is the Director of Leading Edge Consultants and has a commitment to providing solution-focused approaches to workplace change and development using evidence-based research and practice, supported by the principles of positive organisational psychology.

Bill is the National Convener of the APS - Occupational Health Psychology Interest Group, and is a member of the International Coordinating Committee for Occupational Health Psychology.

He is a member of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, the (American) Society of Occupational Health Psychology, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and an International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association.

Bill has also been a member of a number of state, national and international advisory panels and scientific committees for occupational health, safety and mental wellbeing.

Fernanda Afonso

Fernanda is a commercially driven organisational psychologist with an outstanding track record of delivering innovative people solutions to drive better business performance and personal transformation for organisations, senior executives and high potential individuals.

Fernanda has close to 20 years experience in working with and coaching managers and senior executives at all stages of their career on a broad range of leadership challenges.  Her experience spans blue chip national and international organisations, partnerships and not for profit organisations across a range of industries including management consulting, media, banking and finance, professional services and global industrial businesses

Fernanda has held several leadership and advisory roles in Australian Psychological Society including National Chair for the College of Organisational Psychologists.  She is currently on the Board of International Affairs White Papers for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (USA), on the Advisory Council for Global Alliance of Organisational Psychologists, an Adjunct Supervisor with Macquarie University and Adjunct Associate Lecturer for University of New South Wales.

Peter Zarris

Peter is an Organisational Psychologist and high profile Executive Coach with over 18 years of experience in the development of individual, team and organisational capability. Peter has undertaken more than 5000 executive leadership psychometric assessments during his career and has expertise in facilitating senior level team training and development programs.

In addition to his role as CEO of the OPIC Group and Managing Director of OPIC Leadership, Peter is the former National Convenor of the Australian Psychological Society’s Interest Group for Coaching Psychology and is a National Committee member of the College of Organisational Psychologists.



Graeme Bye

Graeme Bye has over 25 year’s experience as a HR manager, organisational development and change facilitator, consultant and coach. His industry experience is broad and includes marketing, manufacturing, professional business services, local government, FMCG, finance and banking, and education.

Graeme’s previous roles have included HR Management and Leadership Development positions at the Ford Car Assembly Plant, Albury City Regional Council and Norske Skog, a multinational paper manufacturing organisation. He was also owner/manager of a successful Drake Personnel franchise start-up involved in temporary staffing and executive recruitment. More recently he has held positions as coaching manager with Sensis, a leading national sales and marketing organisation as well as senior consultant roles within GRB Consulting, his own business, and also the Opic Group.

Graeme’s key focus and expertise is in the area of leadership development and coaching. Recent clients range from SME’s to large global corporates involved in transport, food sales and distribution, events organisation and banking.

Graeme is an organisational psychologist with a Degree in Business Management and Master’s Degrees in both Human Resources Management and Organisational/Industrial Psychology.  He is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Organisational Psychologists.