Board of Directors | COPP Australia

Our Board of Directors

Every great mind was once taught by some brilliant teachers.

Our team of dedicated professionals share the common goal to provide our students with the very best preparation for general registration with PsyBA and their career as a psychologist.

Our staff and supervisors have expert knowledge of the core competencies and attributes required for registration and early career psychologists. We have a genuine belief that, by expanding the competencies and practical experience of psychologists, we make a positive contribution to the mental well-being of the wider community.

We provide personalised attention and support to each of our interns, ensuring that their transition to a career in psychology is a smooth one. In addition to their individual supervisors, interns are encouraged to seek confidential support and advice from any member of our team.

Meet our Board of Directors

Since 2007, Lawrence has guided the College of Professional Psychology through the significant changes in the complex and dynamic landscape of psychologist accreditation and education in Australia.  Today, still under his leadership, the College is proud to be the leading independent provider of the most comprehensive, structured psychologist registration programs nationally, producing graduates who are highly skilled practitioners. Through this, Lawrence brings to life both his personal and the College’s mission of making a sustainable, positive contribution to the mental health and well-being of the wider community.

Before joining the College, Lawrence cultivated a rich international corporate consulting career, across a range of industries in leadership, strategy, and performance and well-being enhancement.  Alongside his current role, Lawrence also works in private practice, offering support to clients experiencing difficult challenges and transitions in their personal and professional lives. He brings a strong solution focus and strength-based approach to his clinical work.  He also has a particular interest in work related psychological injury and conflict and is often called on to intervene and mediate in workplace disputes.  

Actively involved in the community, Lawrence dedicates time to various professional and advisory groups in voluntary capacities. He remains committed to supervising provisional psychologists on their journey towards registration and supporting fully registered psychologists within his areas of expertise through supervision.

Val has been closely associated with the development of The College of Professional Psychology for over twenty years. She has also held past positions as a lecturer and supervisor for the College, so she understands intimately how it operates. She is passionate about the goal of providing psychology interns with a positive, supportive, experience that balances academic and skills development as they negotiate the complex pathway to registration as professional psychologists.

With a big picture, objective outlook, Val is passionate about supporting the College as it positions itself in the marketplace to provide an accessible, affordable pathway for psychology interns, supported by a wide range of highly qualified supervisors and lecturers from most walks of psychology.

Val is closely aligned with the values of the College of Professional Psychology and sees her position on the Board of Directors as highly valuable. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, with over 30 years of Australian and international experience in psychology. She has travelled extensively all over the world and so has developed a good understanding of different cultures.

Val has been a registered Psychologist in Australia since 1991.  In addition to her Psychology qualifications, she has qualifications in Social Work, Psychometry, Clinical Hypnosis and HR. She has worked with a diversity of population groups across a number of fields, including child welfare, care of the aged, mental health, rehabilitation, trauma counselling, outplacement services, performance assessment, medical legal assessment and over ten years counselling in private practice.

Val is currently the Chair of the College’s Board of Directors.

Jagdish has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and a Fellow of the College of Health Psychology.

Jagdish was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales. He specialises in Behaviour Therapy in general and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Stress in particular. He has published widely in National and International Journals and has presented papers at National and International Conferences. During his tenure at the University of New England, he held a range of senior academic and administrative leadership positions.

Since leaving the University at Armidale, Jagdish has been practising as a psychologist in his private practice.

Mark is a registered Organisational Psychologist and the Principal Psychologist at MarkPsych. As a hypnotherapist, Mark offers anxiety relief to distressed clients, with an emphasis on organisational aspects.  Mark is a retired CPA with extensive experience in regulatory organisations. He has served on many psychology related committees through the APS, and since 2019 has been an external advisor on the UWS Psychology Undergraduate and Postgraduate Curriculum Panels.

Mark has authored a range of publications in Psychology, for government, journal, conference proceedings and documentaries.