National Board

Justine McGillivray

Justine is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist, founding board member and President of SIOPA.

Justine is a strong advocate for creating and maintaining psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. Justine has significant experience in organisational development and people-centred strategies that improve organisational performance and employee well-being.  Justine has extensive experience on national and state committees for the Industrial/Organisational (I/O) Psychology profession and is a member of national working groups for improving workplace psychological health. Justine’s vision for SIOPA is to create a strong advocacy voice that contributes to the growth and sustainability of the I/O Psychology profession in Australia.

Dr Ali Burston

Vice President
Ali is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist, founding board member and Vice President of SIOPA.

Ali has been one of Australia’s loudest champions for gender diversity and mental health in the energy, construction and resources sectors. Ali brings a wealth of international experience delivering organisational development assignments creating people-focused business growth. Ali is passionate about developing sustainable solutions for the Industrial/Organisational (I/O) Psychology profession and maximising SIOPA’s national influence in industry.

Samantha Lee

Secretary & Treasurer

Samantha is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist, founding board member and Secretary and Treasurer of SIOPA. Samantha has experience in vocational rehabilitation and assisting injured workers return to work under the WorkCover WA workers compensation scheme. Samantha is experienced in designing and delivering risk management projects particularly in psychological safety and mental health; her ­­ deep working knowledge of human and workplace behaviour allows her to be adaptable in implementing people-focused strategies to improve organisational performance and optimise employee wellbeing. Samantha joined SIOPA to help foster development opportunities and networking relationships with early career professionals.

Barry Bloch

Board Member

Barry is a people, culture and transformation executive with extensive international experience working in and with Boards and Executive teams to develop strategic business and functional turnaround and transformation. With a career spanning more than 25 years across multiple economic sectors, Barry brings a wealth of international experience and specialised knowledge in people and culture discipline. Barry is passionate about the practice of Industrial /Organisational (I/O) Psychology, having collaborated and mentored numerous professional colleagues across Australia. Barry’s vision of SIOPA involves furthering opportunities to contribute, develop and enhance our profession.

Jon Wilson

Board Member

Jon is an organisational development specialist who works with medium and large organisations to enhance organisational and people outcomes. He has managed improvement and change projects in Australia and overseas across a range of industries. He has a Masters in Organisational Psychology and is also a Certified Management Consultant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jon has over 20 years of experience as a practising Psychologist, including 14 years as a self-employed independent consultant. Jon’s focus in SIOPA is to engage and involve experienced members of the Industrial/Organisational (I/O) Psychology community to advance the profession and promote the profession amongst organisational leaders.

Vanessa Vershaw

Board Member

Vanessa is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist, Harvard Business School Coach, and former executive with over 18 years of extensive international organisational development and leadership consulting experience. Vanessa is an advisory to senior leaders across numerous industries. Vanessa’s focus in SIOPA is to enhance the profession and footprint by establishing relationships nationally and internationally across the sector.

Ralph Monley

Board Member

Ralph is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist with lengthy career, having done extensive work and projects across Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Ralph has been involved with numerous psychology industry groups over the years. Throughout his career, he has provided a vast range of psychological services including executive coaching and psychological assessments, outplacement, career guidance across the private and public sector. Ralph’s focus in SIOPA is to support and guide practitioners in the early stages of their careers.