Judges - Workplace Excellence Awards 2017

The Workplace Excellence Awards are independently judged by experienced Organisational Psychologists, Industry practitioners, and committee members from the College of Organisational Psychologists. These judges are selected on the basis of their extensive expertise in the field of Organisational Psychology and/or knowledge and experience related to the specific award category for which they have been appointed.

Once entries for the Awards are closed, completed applications with supporting statements and evidence are supplied to a panel of three judges. These judges review applications in line with the entry criteria, making a recommendation to the College about finalists and winners. All judges are impartial, subscribe to high standards of professionalism and ethics, and are in no way associated with the entries for which they are judging.

The APS College of Organisational Psychologists would like to express sincere gratitude to the following judges for contributing their expertise to the program in 2017.

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.


Richard Kasperczyk


Richard is an Organisational Psychologist with over 25 years of experience of consulting, training and coaching with a particular interest in psychologically healthy and high performing workplaces.  Until recently, he was managing director of a large consulting firm delivering services in organisational development, leadership development, employee assistance, critical incident response and early mental injury intervention to over a thousand organisations across all industries in Australia and New Zealand.  He is one of the earliest pioneers who applied a risk management framework to managing psychological health in the workplace in Australia. 

Richard currently lectures in the Masters of Organisational Psychology course at Deakin University, including Leadership Development Assessment and Coaching as well Occupational Health and Wellbeing.  He acts as an advisor to WorkSafe Victoria.  He is also a director of RTK People Strategies, providing advice, training, executive coaching and organisational change interventions, focused on achieving high performance and wellbeing.

Most recently he has provided advice and developed actions plans for managing bullying and harassment as well as mental health for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, conducted an organisational review of a large department of Eastern Health and provided coaching training for Southern Health.  He is a board member of First Step,  a not for profit organisation providing medical, legal and mental health support services for overcoming addictions.

Richard is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and former National Chair of its Private Practice Division.  He is also a member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

He has written books on managing psychology practices in Australia and the UK.  He has also authored a number of articles in scientific journals and provided expert commentary on radio and television regarding stress and bullying in the workplace. He is a sought-after facilitator and conference speaker.


Ed Kelly

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Ed is the Director of EK Performance Solutions and provides specialist organisational development and other consultancy services to the public and private sectors. He is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist, Ed’s experience has been primarily in a number of Queensland Public Service organisations in roles associated with managing major organisational reviews, training and development, including leadership development, organisational development, performance management, executive coaching, strategic/business planning and technological change.

Since leaving the public sector Ed has worked in both private and public sector organizations providing organizational development and other organizational psychology consultancy services. Ed also supervises candidates for practice endorsement in Organisational Psychology as well as supervising post graduate students at the University of Queensland and Griffith University as part of their Masters in Organisational Psychology program.


Peter Macqueen

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Based in Brisbane, Peter has operated as a self-employed organisational psychologist and management consultant for more years than he cares to recall, after having worked previously with a boutique consultancy, national consultancy, and mining company. Peter focuses on psychological assessment, with outplacement, recruitment and related advisory services also offered. He has worked with a diverse range of clients across various industries. Over the past 12 years he has lectured regularly in psychological assessment (postgraduate organisational) at Griffith University and more recently in fourth year personnel assessment at University of Queensland.

Peter has been actively involved with COP at a state and national level over many years. He has been a member of the APS Tests and Testing Expert Group since its inception in 2011, and a Council member of the International Test Commission since 2016. Peter is a Fellow of the APS and is a proud recipient of the 2016 APS COP Award of Distinction. He is a member or international affiliate of several professional psychology bodies, and finds great benefit from regularly attending overseas conferences and workshops organised by SIOP, ITC, and IAAP.


Gina McCredie

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Gina McCredie is an experienced and well regarded Organisational Psychologist, providing value-adding organisational development services around Australia for over two decades. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Impactful Work, a business consultancy that draws on organisational psychology principles and approaches in partnering with individuals, teams and organisations to maximise their effectiveness and impact.  Key services she delivers include leadership coaching, team performance programs as well as advice and support in reviewing and renewing people-related systems/processes at work.  

Gina has been a  member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and their specialist group, the College of Organisational Psychologists, for all of her career. Following roles in the College's State Committees, Professional Development and National Membership and Supervision Groups, she became National Chair and led a 3-year transformation program of the College from 2006-09. In 2009 Gina received the APS College Award of Distinction in recognition of her significant contribution to the field of organisational psychology in Australia. She has presented at numerous conferences, events and workshops on Leadership, Performance Management, Development, Organisational Change and Team Effectiveness.


Joelle Mitchell

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Joelle Mitchell is an Organisational Psychologist specialising in Human Factors and safety improvement. She has worked in a number of high-hazard industries including petroleum, mining,  and construction. She is currently the Human Factors Technical Officer with the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), where she provides advice, information, and guidance on human factors issues to NOPSEMA and across the Australian offshore petroleum industry.




Ben Searle

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Dr Ben Searle is an organisational psychologist and a senior lecturer in organisational psychology at Macquarie University. His research on employee wellbeing and behaviour is regularly published in scientific journals (e.g. the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology) and books (e.g. The Oxford Handbook of Happiness and The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work). His consulting work covers employee wellbeing/engagement and psychological measurement. He also hosts a podcast about applications of psychology in the workplace (find out more at mindonthejob.com).




Pauline Willis


As a Director of Lauriate Ltd, a provider of integrative, systemic solutions for individuals, teams and organisations, Pauline delivers high impact coaching and development solutions using a wide range of psychological tools and approaches.  Her international client list includes companies in the UK, US, Europe & Australasia and her professional expertise is applied to the design and implementation of integrative corporate coaching and mentoring programmes.  An interest in organisational solutions underpinned by technology led Pauline to develop an innovative 'cloud' based coach & mentoring programme management platform, designed to release coaching and mentoring potential within organisations as well as managing external services.  Unique in the integration of assessment, intervention & evaluation options, this platform harnesses psychometrics, socio-diagnostics & bespoke organisational impact measures.  

Pauline joined the APS COP as a full member in 1996 and has engaged with the enhancement of the profession through various working groups and committee roles. She is the only practitioner registered to practice and supervise Organisational Psychologists in Australia as well as Occupational Psychologists working toward the doctorate level QOccPsych in the United Kingdom.   Pauline is committed to the advancement of psychology as a unified profession nationally and internationally.

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.