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 Past-President is also responsible for heading external affairs for the Society. They act as an ambassador for the profession of IOP by establishing SIOPSA as the leading professional body on people matters in the workplace, establish positive, mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders and create sustainable partnerships with industries & business communities to forge symbiotic relationships of mutual benefit
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 – Dr Marissa Brouwers
Marissa Brouwers (PhD) is the 2019/2020 SIOPSA President and Senior Lecturer of Work and Organisational Psychology at the North-West University in South Africa (PC). She is also the programme leader for Research at the School for Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management. Academically she has completed a Doctorate degree in the field of Industrial Psychology, specialising in the work-family interface. Marissa also holds a Master of Arts, an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology, an BPsyc degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which were obtained from the North-West University (all cum laude) at the top of her class. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a psychologist (category: Industrial). Marissa is also registered as a member with the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) and registered as a Charted HR professional – Generalist with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP). She has been part of the SIOPSA North-West Regional Branch Committee for 5 years and served as Branch Chair for 3 years. Marissa has extensive experience within the tertiary education environment (as lecturer, researcher and community work). She has published articles (on topics such as work-family interface, conflict management and organisational culture) in various scientific journals and presented at various national and international accredited conferences. Marissa’s research interests lie within the work-family interface, flourishing, organisational well-being, toxic leadership and toxic work environments. She also has experience within private and public sectors as consultant. Marissa has a great passion for the profession and also specifically for developing students and emerging I/O Psychologists.
President Elect – Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus
Natasha Winkler-Titus is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist who completed her MCOM in Human Resource Management at UP in 2001. Following on a career in Management consulting where she held senior management roles with Rio Tinto, KPMG, Arthur Anderson, Natasha now consults independently and some of her clients include BHP Billiton, Anglo American Platinum, Transnet and SANBS to name but a few. She completed her Ph.D. during 2015 – 2019, where her research broadly focused on understanding the process of unplanned change in organizations. Explaining how the socio political context and external power dynamics forces change on organisations. Professionally, she helps organizational teams in unlocking their full potential and effectiveness, by utilizing best practice research, science, and practical solutions. Outside of her professional and academic life, she loves travelling, enjoys reading fiction, and runs the occasional half marathon and spending time with her family and friends. Natasha gives back some of her 22 years of experience by serving on the executive of the society for I/O psychologists in SA, supervising Interns, teaching and researching in OD and Change, as well as campaigning sponsorship toward a feeding scheme for a local school in her community in Richards Bay.
Past President – Alison Felix-Lodewyk
Alison Felix-Lodewyk is a consultant and registered organisational psychologist in private practice for 12 years. She is currently the managing member of People Proficiency Consulting (cc) and has been consulting in South Africa and various African countries to various companies, parastatals and government departments. Her fields of interest and specialisation are behavioural assessments, career management and organisation development (specifically change management, leadership development, coaching, strategy development, team integration and performance management). Project management of business projects at a Southern African and European level also add to her diverse career exposure.
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.
SIOPSA Past Presidents
Dr Marissa Brouwers
Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus