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Kerryn Velleman

Organisational Psychologist, Director of Coaching and a Partner at Human Capital International

As Organisational Psychologist, Director of Coaching and a Partner at Human Capital International, Kerryn nurtures the development of senior leaders, organisational change consultants, executive coaches and work-place psychologists. Working with organisations and top teams in Australia, South East Asia, Finland, Spain, Dubai, Kenya and Canada, Kerryn facilitates deep reflective practice that supports leaders to question assumptions and shape decisions so that they can thrive (not just survive) in a complex and uncertain world.  She helps to cultivate nourishing, trusted relationships that provide the foundational context in which leaders at all levels can engage their peers in collaborative enquiry to solve ‘wicked’ problems and deliver high performance.

Kerryn grew her career during the economic recession of the early ‘90’s. She supported financial advisers build capabilities and resilience in the context of major industry reform, consulted on organisational restructuring and change projects; and led the national Learning and Development function of a global financial services group.   

In 2003, pregnant with her youngest (of three) sons, Kerryn integrated her energy for building wellness in the workplace with growing the professional capabilities of organisational consultants, coaches and leaders.  For the next 14 years, she built a flourishing coaching and supervision practice leading a team of psychologists, coaches and facilitators, partnering with private, public and not for profits in professional and financial services, STEMM, transport, resources, health and aged care, emergency services and education.  

As 2018 on-board psychologist, facilitator and coach (on a ship bound for Antarctica), Kerryn established a peer coaching program for 80 female scientists from 18 countries participating in Homeward Bound– an initiative that builds a strong collaboration of women leaders in STEMM to influence policy and decision-making as it shapes the future of our planet.

Kerryn is accredited in advanced coaching practice and a mentor coach with the Institute of Executive Leadership and Coaching (IECL). She has trained in Gestalt group facilitation and coaching, as a coaching psychology supervisor with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the IECL and is currently continuing her development with the Oxford Brookes Supervision program.  She is recognised as a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), is a Member of the International Society of Coaching Psychology, Fellow of the College of Organisational Psychologists and facilitates coaching/supervision skills training and master classes for psychologists on behalf of the Australian Psychological Society.


PANEL DISCUSSION #2, Tuesday 3 September

The relationship between the leader and their coach. What is in the space between the leader and their coach that enables such dialogues that lead to insights and potential change?

When a leader is choosing a coach to work with the choice is predominantly based on chemistry. This non scientific but very human approach yields a range of outcomes. Some positive and some very neutral. But some relationships seems to get extraordinary results. Why is that? What are the dynamics that enable great outcomes? How it works and when does it not? What do the leader and their coach need to bring to the relationship to both get great outcomes?

In this moderated panel Dr Gordon Spence will interview leaders and their coaches to understand the relationship and the white space between them that enables the coaching relationship to work.