University of Sydney Coaching and Mentoring Alumni

Executive Committee

USCMA Executive Committee 2018

Maggie Lawlor – President

Maggie completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2013 and joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2015 as research officer before becoming President in 2018.  Maggie has a particular interest in a systems approach to coaching and in collective leadership - helping individuals utilise their own strengths in conjunction with their team’s strengths to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Mary Ann Das Neves – Vice President

Mary Ann joined the USCMA Executive Committee as a general committee member assisting with functions and events in 2014 before being President in 2017. She completed the Master in Coaching Psychology in 2014. Mary Ann's particular interests are in positive education and in coaching school leaders to develop positive and effective leadership practices.

Kaz Verma – Treasurer

This is Kaz's first year on the USCMA committee and is currently completing the Master of Science in Coaching Psychology. Kaz is a business transformation specialist and a workplace leadership coach.   

Michelle Duby – Communication Officer

This is Michelle’s first year on the USCMA Executive Committee and completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2007.  Michelle has worked in a number of organisations to bring about growth and change by working with people individually and securing coaches for business leaders and learning initiatives.  Michelle contributed to the Standards Australia “Handbook of Coaching” which was published in 2011.

Jo Topfer – Communication Officer

Jo completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2014. This is her first year on the USCMA Executive Committee as a general member assisting with communications. Jo has over twenty years’ experience as a coach and facilitator. She has a particular interest in using a systems based approach to help people develop their personal and organisational leadership capacity as well as optimise their own career transitions.

Aggie Lim – Professional Development & Events

Aggie completed the Master of Applied Sciences in Coaching Psychology in 2012 and joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2017. Aggie has a particular interest in coaching leaders in adaptive and positive leadership as a strategy for transforming organisational culture and well-being.

Penny Holt – Professional Development & Events

Penny joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2018 and is focused on professional development opportunities for our members. Penny completed a Master of Organisational Coaching in 2005 and is particularly interested in leadership development and career transition coaching. She has worked for many years in recruitment, search and career transition consulting. Her current role spans a range of talent projects including talent and succession, leadership development and coaching, learning and recruitment.

Sue Stewart – Major Events Coordinator

Sue joined the USCMA Executive Committee 2015 as the Events Co-ordinator, having completed the Master of Human Resource Management and Coaching in 2005. Sue specialises in Student Career Coaching (Years 11 & 12 students) with life effectiveness & study skills to achieve greater results in the HSC.

Tim Hicks – Member Feedback

Tim graduated with a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology in 2012. He is the founder and head coach of an evidenced based coaching practice that supports the leadership development and performance of C-suite, executives, senior and middle managers employed by organisations in the public and private sector. He’s an active member of the USCMA Executive Committee with a focus on research projects and professional development speakers.

Clayton Spence – Website content officer

Clayton joined the Executive Committee in 2017, having completed the Master in Coaching Psychology in 2013.  Clayton is particularly interested in developmental and leadership coaching, and the intersection of individual development and organisational cultural change.

Arthur Gurjian – Partner Relations Officer

Arthur joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2016 as a general member after completing the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2015. Arthur is an Executive Coach and Business Consultant focusing on leadership, strategic sales performance and strengths based coaching for individuals and teams.

Katrina Darnbrough – New Member Officer

Katrina completed the Master of Science in Coaching Psychology in 2017, and joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2016 with a focus on student and member experience. Katrina has a particular interest in coaching leaders in organisations with an organic systems approach to enable and embed culture change, aimed at enhancing well-being.    

Casey Featon – Student Representative

This is Casey's first year on the USCMA Executive Committee and is currently completing the Master of Science in Coaching Psychology. Casey connects to the current students and provides the Executive Committee with regular recommendations contributing to our events program. Casey is a professional speaker, coach and trainer on the art and science of visionary communication.    

David Rickabaugh – Social Media Representative

David joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2014 as Student Representative, and he currently serves as a general overseas member from Seattle USA, focusing on technology and social media.  David is most interested in executive and workplace coaching, with a focus on developing leaders and their capability for innovation.  David completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2015.

Sean O’Connor – Faculty Representative

Sean is one of our Master of Science in Coaching Psychology lecturers, and is a great advocate and supporter of the University of Sydney Mentoring and Coaching Alumni. Sean will be hosting a Evidence Based Coach Conference here in Sydney in 2020, and a Coach Symposium in Feb 2019. Sean is interested in volunteers for these events, and of course engaged students.       

Committee members have overall responsibility and duty of care for each area and recruit assistance and resources from other members as needed. 

All members are welcome to contact the Committee with offers of help or with inspirational suggestions.