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2021 Conference Team

Hannah Johnson

Conference Dean

Hannah began her career working in organisational development, improving organisational culture and employee engagement through change programs, aiming to help create optimal workplaces that people will thrive in. She then went on to study a MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology.

Hannah Johnson

Hannah began her career working in organisational development, improving organisational culture and employee engagement through change programs, aiming to help create optimal workplaces that people will thrive in. She then went on to study a MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology.

Hannah is a BPS certified occupational test user and accredited in a range of psychometric tools, including Hogan. Currently working on the People Strategy Program at Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity, Hannah has expanded her strategic HR, People and Change expertise and is making a difference through meaningful work. This is acheived by focusing on improving the experience of Centrepoint’s employees through a series of projects improving engagement, wellbeing, inclusion, culture, leadership, manager capability and processes.

Hannah believes that we should work in a world where leaders ultimately value and develop their employees and understand that engaged and well employees are more productive and therefore beneficial to an organisation. She joined the ABP Training Team in June 2019 to raise standards in business practices and make a difference, not just for herself but for everybody, today and in generations to come.

Brent Hamerla

Acting Head of Awards 2021

Brent has a wealth of experience in different sectors in management development through training and coaching for the last 15 years plus.

Brent Hamerla

Brent has a wealth of experience in different sectors in management development through training and coaching for the last 15 years plus.


People and organisations work with me because they know that my approach gets results in helping new and struggling managers to turn round their own performance and get more from their teams.

I am motivated by seeing successful transformations in managers as I equip them with the tools and knowhow to manage their teams more confidently and find their own identity and managerial style.

I love to work closely with managers and their teams to understand their current difficulties so that we can work together to resolve issues and create better and more successful working relationships. I am motivated by seeing positive changes in people…..the lightbulb moments where they learn a new skill or see a different approach that can help them and improve them to be a better manager and a better person.

Alex Farcas

As a Consultant specialising in change and talent management, Alex supports organisations to determine what high performance looks like in their specific context and culture.

Alex Farcas

As a Consultant specialising in change and talent management, Alex supports organisations to determine what high performance looks like in their specific context and culture.

Passionate about well-being and development, Alex is currently partnering with Showing Up to design learning experiences that enable businesses to become more purpose-led and develop a more open, inclusive and kind culture. Fascinated by mental health, well-being, and human decision-making, Alex’s goal is to combine the three through entrepreneurship in order to support others live a better and more fulfilling life.

Ineta Buivydaite

My journey into Occupational Psychology started with an MSc in Human Resource and Knowledge Management and a CIPD accreditation.

Ineta Buivydaite

My journey into Occupational Psychology started with an MSc in Human Resource and Knowledge Management and a CIPD accreditation.

I am now a Senior Assessment Consultant at Cappfinity where the focus of my role is leading on the design of fair, inclusive, and robust psychological and psychometric assessments for recruitment and development. I have worked with clients across a wide range of industries within the UK and globally to achieve this.

I am extremally passionate about making the workplace more diverse and more inclusive, so I am constantly learning and building my expertise in this space, which is what has attracted me to volunteering for ABP this year.

Kieran O’Brien

Hello, my name is Kieran O’Brien, I have just finished my first year of university at Brunel studying Psychology which I absolutely loved.

Kieran O’Brien

Hello, my name is Kieran O’Brien, I have just finished my first year of university at Brunel studying Psychology which I absolutely loved.

Business Psychology is something I have a real keen interest in, we spent a great deal of our lives working, so I really like the idea of being able to help and make that experience better even if just by a little and that’s what inspired my interest in the area. As an aspiring Business Psychologist I am always looking for ways to increase my understanding and experience as this whole world is very new to me. My role at the ABP is as a Delegate Experience Officer, which has so far been a great experience and can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future.

Monisha Garb

As a 16-year-old in France, at a student exchange program, who did not speak French, I realized that it takes a lot more than cultural similarities to build connections.

Monisha Garb

As a 16-year-old in France, at a student exchange program, who did not speak French, I realized that it takes a lot more than cultural similarities to build connections.

Despite the communication barriers, I worked with people from diverse backgrounds and gained new perspectives. This is where I recognised the importance of incorporating different voices for an environment to thrive. Drawing from the experience in France, I decided to enroll in a Business and Organisational Psychology course to develop upon my interest in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. With an opportunity to intern with the ABP, I have gotten the chance to apply my theoretical knowledge into practice. With these experiences, I intend to execute all the knowledge gained in promoting work-life balance, upskilling employees, and recruiting suitable candidates.

Sel Ertas

I am a MSc Psychological Sciences student with a professional background in cultural management. My interests in Business Psychology include motivation, engagement, learning & development, diversity & inclusion and wellbeing. My focus is on building and maintaining a positive work culture that keeps employees motivated and engaged.

Sel Ertas

I am a MSc Psychological Sciences student with a professional background in cultural management. My interests in Business Psychology include motivation, engagement, learning & development, diversity & inclusion and wellbeing. My focus is on building and maintaining a positive work culture that keeps employees motivated and engaged.

Since work is a big part of our lives I think finding enjoyment and fulfilment at work is very important for our overall wellbeing and happiness. We need motivation to maintain our productivity, and to stay motivated we need to feel engaged, supported and empowered at work. I believe this is only possible with a positive company culture that values its employees and focuses on improving their experience, and companies that understand the importance of a healthy work culture for employee productivity and company performance.

I hold an MA in Cultural Management from King’s College London and am currently completing a conversion course in Psychology at Brunel University.

Theresa Deppisch

Theresa is a Psychology student at Brunel University London and is currently an Intern at the ABP. She has gained previous experience while working alongside a Start-Up and Small Business Coach and participating in several projects helping to improve the lives of others – such as developing a solution to reduce loneliness amongst the elderly. Important to Theresa is that mental health and wellbeing support is provided to everyone when needed – particularly during these times of uncertainty caused by COVID-19 – so everyone can enjoy the work they are doing.

Theresa Deppisch

Theresa is a Psychology student at Brunel University London and is currently an Intern at the ABP. She has gained previous experience while working alongside a Start-Up and Small Business Coach and participating in several projects helping to improve the lives of others – such as developing a solution to reduce loneliness amongst the elderly. Important to Theresa is that mental health and wellbeing support is provided to everyone when needed – particularly during these times of uncertainty caused by COVID-19 – so everyone can enjoy the work they are doing.

Tasha Johnson

I am a final year student studying Arabic and Spanish at the University of Leeds, and have gained experience in social media management and marketing through running the Instagram account for Croydon Refugee Day Centre.

Tasha Johnson

I am a final year student studying Arabic and Spanish at the University of Leeds, and have gained experience in social media management and marketing through running the Instagram account for Croydon Refugee Day Centre.

I am a freelance writer and have written for various publications, such as The Gryphon newspaper and Gen-Z Talks magazine. I intend to undertake a Master’s degree in Translation (Arabic, Spanish and French <> English) in the near future, in order to allow me to create content in multiple languages and market to an international audience.

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