Practice Panels

We’re delighted to announce an innovative addition to How to and Professional Practice activities at the 12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference. The new Practice Panels will provide delegates with opportunities to learn about, and engage deeply with, four pressing issues for ‘people workers’ (organisational psychologists, human resources professionals, organisational development experts, etc) and workplaces:

  1. Future of Work: In what ways is the future of work phenomenon radically altering career opportunities for employees and people workers?
  2. Social Justice: Employees clearly want greater meaning and more responsible, purposeful behaviour from their workplaces. How can people workers and employers address these complex challenges?
  3. Work Health Safety: Significant developments in WHS law, workplace governance, and onsite practice require people workers and employees to develop new skills. What do people workers need to know?
  4. Workplace Culture: What are practical, evidence-based strategies and interventions to foster respectful inclusive, high performance workplace cultures?

Each Panel is moderated by skilled Organisational Psychologists. Expert panellists are passionate and deeply knowledgeable about the issues.  They’ll present thought provoking, practical, up-to-date information and engage with audience questions.  

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a range of disciplinary perspectives on current workplace trends. Learn how people workers need to step up to provide leadership, best practice advice, and recommendations to deal with complex issues.

Future of Work

8.30am - 10.00am, Friday 14 July 2017

Moderated by Joanne Abbey, the panel will consider the future of work and importantly, the implications for people who work in this space, including everyone working in Human Resources and Organisational Development. 

Moderator: Joanne Abbey
Organisational Psychologist

Joanne Abbey (PhD) is a registered, endorsed Organisational Psychologist specialising in organisational assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation to improve workplace wellbeing. She provides critical incident support to organisations, strategic workplace issues management, individual career transition programs, Role Consultation for senior level development, executive team development, and psychometric assessment. Joanne is actively involved in the College of Organisational Psychologists through current and past positions including NSW COP Chair, membership of the Professional Practice Advisory Group to the APS Board, and two COP conference organising committees.


Panellist: Karen Borg
CEO, Jobs for NSW

Jobs for NSW is an industry-led, NSW government-backed organisation that is developing programs and partnerships across industry, training and academic sectors to accelerate job creation.  

Karen was previously President for ResMed, Asia Pacific and the Middle East from 2012 until 2015 and was Global Vice President, Marketing for Johnson & Johnson.

She has experience in the fast moving consumer goods and healthcare industries in Australia, the United Kingdom, Russia, Taiwan and the USA for organisations including Nestle, Revlon, Goodman Fielder and Seagram, with a broad functional background in marketing, sales and business development.


Panellist: Ben Spies-Butcher
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University

Ben Spies-Butcher is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters of Policy and Applied Social Research in the Sociology Department at Macquarie University. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney and his work focuses on the political economy of social policy. Ben is a Research Associate at the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, Board member of Shelter NSW and member of the Policy Advisory Group of COTA NSW. His most recent co-authored book is Market Society: History, theory, practice published with Cambridge University Press. 


Panellist: Crissa Sumner
Director, Talent Management - NSW & ACT, Hudson

Crissa Sumner is an Organisational Psychologist with a PhD in the area of leadership, social intelligence and employee attitudes. Over the past 13 years, Crissa has led and managed a wide range of consultancy projects to support clients across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, UAE and Belgium while achieving great performance through great people. In her current role as Director, Talent Management (NSW & ACT), Crissa provides leadership for Hudson’s consulting teams across the region, who specialise in partnering with clients to hire with confidence, grow great leaders and change through change. Outside of consulting, Crissa is an experienced presenter, educator and researcher. She currently holds an adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the School of Psychology at Griffith University, and regularly supervises early career psychologists. Crissa has also presented the findings of her research in the area of leadership at a number of national and international conferences, and published them in peer reviewed journals. In 2011, Crissa was awarded the College of Organisational Psychologists Early Career Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the field of organisational psychology during the first < 10 years of her career.


Work Health and Safety

10.30am - 12.00pm, Friday 14 July 2017

Moderated by Dr Kirsten Way from the Peter Faber Business School at the Australian Catholic University, this panel explores the changing roles and responsibilities of work practitioners in the context of work health and safety. 


Moderator: Kirsten Way
OHSE Discipline Leader, Faculty of Law and Business, Australian Catholic University

Dr Kirsten Way is the OHSE Discipline Leader and member of the Centre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing in the Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University, where she conducts research on the role of supervisors in conflict, occupational stress, fatigue, and occupational health and well-being.  Kirsten is an Organisational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Certified Professional Ergonomist. She has held a number of senior roles in industry including Director of a private consultancy specialising in WHS and organisational psychology, Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing for a large (4000+) organisation, and positions for Australian and UK WHS regulatory authorities, including Principal Inspector, Manager Psychosocial Strategy Unit, and Manager WHS Policy Branch.


Panellist: Deborah Latimer
Director, Sector Seven Consulting

Deborah is the founder of boutique Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) consultancy Sector Seven.

Deborah supports client conduct and risk including evaluating Boards risk performance, formulating risk appetite, frameworks and policies, risk assessments, and other solutions.

Previous roles have included senior executive positions with NAB and Westpac, a national role with ASIC, and as a Partner at Laurence & Laurence.

Deborah is a GRC Institute Fellow, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. 


Panellist: Thomas Loveday
Senior Manager, Clinical Excellence Commission

Dr Thomas Loveday is the Senior Manager, Organisational Development and Human Factors, at the Clinical Excellence Commission. Thomas is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist and Human Factors specialist with expertise in organisational behaviour, diagnostic decision-making and user-centred design. Thomas has consulted to a number of safety-critical industries including aviation, power distribution, air traffic control, rail, and health. In 2014, he established the first state-wide Clinical Human Factors program in Australia. Recently, Thomas’s team has integrated Human Factors and Organisational Development approaches to creating the organisational conditions that support safety and quality in healthcare.

Thomas has a PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Organisational Psychology from the University of New South Wales.


Panellist: Yasmin Cox
Work, Health & Safety Specialist

Yasmin is an experienced work health and safety specialist with over 10 years of regulatory and consulting experience within the private and public sector. Yasmin has a strong regulatory background as an Inspector, Investigator and lay advocate with experience across a wide range of industries including but not limited to manufacturing, construction, transport, logistics, rail, infrastructure, government, health, education, hospitality and entertainment.

Yasmin advises clients on complex issues, via review of technical reports and collaboration with relevant subject matter experts, including engineers, in-house counsel and lawyers to assess potential safety implications including escalation thereof.

Her core knowledge and experience has evolved a unique skill set with the ability to understand and apply both engineering and legal principles to assist clients adhere to its work health and safety legislative requirements.

Social Justice

2.00pm - 3.30pm, Friday 14 July 2017

Moderated by Erin Turner, organisational psychologist and manager of UX research and service design, this panel explores the contemporary and future of social justice practice in workplaces. 


Moderator: Erin Turner
Organisational Psychologist

Erin Turner is a Registered and endorsed Organisational Psychologist. Erin has spent the past 11 years applying principles of Organisational Psychology to understanding how humans think and behave when it comes to technology use. Starting her career as a UX consultant to a large range of organisations and industries (including State and Federal Government, medical, travel, finance, telecommunications and legal) Erin has been able to guide the design and development of some of the country’s most frequently used online tools. More recently, Erin has focused on the design of enterprise systems and processes and their impact on staff performance and wellbeing. 


Panellist: Matt Henricks
CEO and Founder, Henricks Consulting

As the CEO and Founder of Henricks Consulting, the Helping Hands Program and Water Works Program, Matt's passion is helping companies change the way that employees engage with their work. Matt is an expert in the field of Organisational Change and has run successful consultancy business since 2006. He is a registered and endorsed Organisational Psychologist and author of the book "The Inspired Workplace: Organisational wisdom from the most unlikely of sources."


Panellist: Grant Hilliard
Director, Feather and Bone

Grant Hilliard is the founder and co-director of Feather and Bone, a retailer and wholesaler of ethically raised meat and poultry based in Sydney. For over 10 years Grant and his partner, Laura Dalrymple, have written and talked extensively on the politics of meat. 

With a background as a film-maker and sommelier he is interested in the connections between things and is investigating the idea of spaces and intervals as organising principles in the diverse areas of soil biology, crop and grazing rotations, fasting, film and music. 

For the last 10 years he has emphasised the importance of transparency in the whole cycle of meat production and consumption, by sourcing directly from farmers and personally visiting all of the farmers that supply his business. 

The decision to eat meat requires being able to look the animal in the eye.


Panellist: Monique Rappell
Head of Design, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Monique Rappell is the Head of Service Design within the ABC’s Digital Network. She manages a team of designers and researchers responsible for ensuring the ABC is the trusted source of content for all Australians. Having begun as an academic Monique has recently focused on applying design reasoning to resolve complex experiences for the diverse range of cultural and commercial organisations. She has measurably improved service experiences for both internal and external users and created innovated service design practices leading to industry transforming approaches around transparency, empowerment and collaboration. Monique is currently consulting with UTS to support the creation of an innovative service design curriculum and will return as a guest lecturer in late 2017.


Workplace Culture

4.00pm - 5.30pm, Friday 14 July 2017

Moderated by lawyer and trained Organisational Psychologist Ian Adrian, this panel will present stimulating perspectives on organisation-wide culture change strategy and practice. Two senior level Panelists, both practitioner-academics, review theoretically relevant and practical methods of assessing workplace culture. Using next level case studies, they will discuss how to create functional cultures in different contexts, with outcomes addressing human needs and productivity. 



Moderator: Ian Adrian
Consultant, Norton White

I am a lawyer and consultant with over 35 years of experience in resolving disputes and working with individuals and teams. I bring to my clients legal and psychological skills and extensive professional knowledge.

During my career, I was a partner at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst Australia) where I worked on complex commercial disputes. I have also worked at DuPont (Australia) on change programs and with boutique consultancies on the planning and implementation of workplace mental health and wellbeing initiatives and training.

My professional goal is integrating legal, psychological and commercial knowledge to help people and organisations successfully settle disputes and assist people to navigate their personal, career and organisational challenges.  

I am admitted to practice as a lawyer and a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.


Panellist: Cecelia Herbert
Diversity & Inclusion Manager (APAC), Google Australia & NZ

Since early 2014, Cecelia has been leading Diversity & Inclusion for Google Australia and New Zealand.   Her mission is to strengthen the diversity of Google, building a most fair and inclusive workplace and Tech industry. With 15+ years working in Organisational Psychology, Cecelia has worked as an academic, researcher and consultant to create workplaces that work for everyone.  


Panellist: Joanne Earl
Associate Professor & MBA Director, Flinders University

Dr Joanne Earl. UNSW. B.Ed; B.Arts (Hons); M.Psych; PhD (Psychology) is an Associate Professor and MBA Director in the Flinders School of Business, Flinders University , South Australia. Prior to joining Flinders she worked as the Program Director of the Masters in Organisational Psychology at UNSW for 9 years. She is a Registered Psychologist, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is passionate about making retirement a positive experience for all Australians. 

Her program of research focuses on promoting retirement planning for workers at both the individual and organizational level along with identifying predictors of retirement adjustment for retirees. Recent research projects include investigating the relationship between financial literacy and cognitive decline, the application of time perspective theory to explain differences in retirement planning behaviour and the development of online training interventions to promote better planning. With her PhD and Masters students she has developed a range of new retirement planning measures published in top tier journals.

You can find Joanne's work published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Psychology and Aging, The Australian Journal of Management, Ageing and Society and Leisure Sciences. She regularly appears in the press and on radio talking about her research. She consults to industry, NGOS and community groups including ASIC, National Seniors Australia and Challenger.