SIOPSA Past and Current Presidency
The SIOPSA Presidency consists of the President, President Elect and Past President
The Role of the President is to take accountability for the strategic leadership of the society and to coordinate with the Executive Committee the implementation of the mandate given by our members at the Annual General Meeting. Furthermore, the president should actively engage with all stakeholders of the society to ensure continuous improvement and sustainability as well as the associated availability of resources.
The Role of the President-Elect is to ensure that all communication processes are conducted with the aim of understanding the society, its members and office administration in the context of the presidency. Furthermore, the role is to support the performance of each Executive Committee through planned feedback conversations.
The Role of Past President is to ensure continuity and completion of the important strategic focus areas either taken over or started during their presidency. The past president offers ongoing guidance and knowledge transfer to the incoming president and administration office as required or alternatively planned.
The Role of the Elders is to act as an advisory body and to share their insights of the profession, their institutional memory and the stories that will serve to the benefit of Exco and the SIOPSA members.
President – Shirleen Titus
Shirleen is currently the Head of School, Finance, Risk, Governance and Strategic Business Services at Eskom’s Academy of Learning. Her responsibilities include leading the learning and development of the discipline through implementation of best practice and world class solutions. She has followed a diverse career path within the Health, Aviation, Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Safety & Security, Technology and Utilities sectors. Shirleen has served on the Executive Committee of Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) since 2012 in the role of Marketing and Communication, Conference, Secretary and President-Elect. She is an active member in her profession, actively supervising interns in Industrial and Organisational Psychologists and in a role of mentor and coach. She spent some time as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Western Cape, including conducting academic peer reviews. She is currently registered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to conduct a PhD in Industrial Psychology with a research focus in leadership, social capital and organisational effectiveness. As current President of the Society, she believes her life journey is shaped by knowing that everything she has experienced in her life is as it should be and this is her conviction that being of service to others gives her most joy and strengthens her enthusiasm for the future.
President Elect – Alison Felix-Lodewyk
She is passionate about developing and supporting emerging Industrial / Organisational Psychologists. Her contribution to their development is by being a primary, supervising intern psychologist. Alison has successfully supervised 8 emerging psychologists over the years. She has also lectured Psychological Assessment and Professional Practice to undergraduate and post-graduate IO Psychology students respectively.
Prior to consulting, Alison gained eleven (11) years of strategic and operational business experience at a Middle and Senior Management level in various corporate companies through work and project opportunities in Southern Africa and Europe. These eleven (11) years underpin and support Alison’s twelve years of consulting. She studied at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town and holds an M. A. degree in Industrial Organisational Psychology. Alison is a registered Industrial Psychologist (HPCSA) and full member of the Society for Industrial Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) since 2005. Her twelve (12) year involvement with SIOPSA started as a full member in 2005 where she went on to be one of four members who established the Western Cape Regional branch in 2007. She remained an active Western Cape regional committee member and in 2010 was elected into the position of Western Cape Regional Chairperson.
She fulfilled this role and in this capacity also served on the SIOPSA national Executive Committee.
Her three terms as Western Cape regional chairperson ended in July 2013. She then moved on to serve on the SIOPSA national Executive Committee in various portfolios such as Emerging Psychologists Coordinator and Membership Services Portfolio Head. In July 2016, Alison was successfully elected into the role as national SIOPSA Secretary and is currently serving her second year in this position. Besides her passion for developing and promoting the profession of Industrial Organisational Psychology and supporting emerging Industrial / Organisational psychologists, Alison also uses her professional skills and qualifications to assist with community projects. She has been involved either in a leadership capacity or as a volunteer of professional services in sports governing bodies, sports development NGOs, church councils and sub-committees, school governing bodies, professional societies and a local education NGO.
Past President – Manoko Ratala
SIOPSA Past Presidents
Alison Felix Lodewyk