We Help With The People Part of Your Business.
Cognicent are a group of psychologists and organisational development professionals who work with organisations to strengthen and improve organisational culture. We assist businesses by focusing on the person and leadership components of organisational culture. We help teams and leaders to better manage their personal approach by understanding their brain, how it works, how they can get the most out of it, and how they can handle the limitations in attention, perception and decision making that come from being human.
The way our brain works, and its inherent limitations, are neither good nor bad it is simply the way we are. There are things we can change, and there are things we cannot.
Our approach distinguishes between these two points:
What We Can Change
We can change the way we think, and the way we behave. We can change the way we communicate within and between teams. We can learn to focus our attention more effectively, and in doing so, enhance our awareness.
What We Cannot Change
We cannot change the amount of attention we have, we cannot change the hard wiring of our brains that determine our reaction time, and we cannot change the fact that our brains are energy-efficient machines that seek to conserve energy wherever possible.
So, when it comes to improving performance, we target things which individuals can control and change at a personal level.
We look to the communication systems that can encourage better ways of communicating across groups and levels.
Finally, we also look to the leadership and how they can create an increased focus within the team, and a drive toward continually improving the approach to organisational performance.
Understanding that one size does not fit all, we work with you to find out exactly what is going on in the business, and how we can best apply our approach to drive a shift in thinking, in behaviour and in results.
Mathew is a registered psychologist and the founder of Cognicent. For the past 15 years, he has worked with organisations across the globe on the application of psychology and neuroscience to improve workplace culture and performance. After starting his psychology career in the WA prison system, he became driven to understand how people change, and what it takes to get the best out of them in all areas of life. Mathew has leveraged this passion to support organisations in understanding the psychology of human behaviour and assist them in creating high performing teams.
Mathew values time with his family and friends, likes to travel and learn about the world and loves sport – especially supporting the mighty Fremantle Dockers!
Anna is an international Facilitator and Coach specialising in people optimisation and wellbeing and is a passionate ambassador of facilitating a positive, productive, innovative, healthy and safe work environment.
Anna brings over a decade of experience within a range of industries such as mining and construction, engineering, health, insurance, defence and agriculture.
Anna offers a diverse, fresh, energetic, and open-minded perspective on all thing’s leadership, safety and culture and is not afraid to challenge the status quo.
Outside of consulting, Anna loves vinyasa yoga, anything that involves the beach and a good glass of red.
Nicole specialises in applying recent research in Psychology and Neuroscience to address everyday challenges for organisations and their people.
Driven by her passion for helping people to achieve the highest version of themselves, she is known for her ability to work with the most challenging and difficult to engage individuals. Her energetic and respectful style has seen her create change with individuals and teams that were previously viewed as resistant to change by their respective organisations.
Family, food and friends are Nicole’s passion outside of work. She enjoys nothing more than spending time at the beach with her partner and fur baby or finding new and interesting places to explore.
Driven by his interest and passion for psychology and leadership, James has over 13 years’ experience in adult education and training facilitation.
James is passionate about people and understanding how we adapt and change. Alongside program facilitation, James has worked with clients to conduct competency assessments; identify skills gaps and challenges and design and implement strategies to facilitate large-scale organisational change. James has partnered with organisations across a broad range of sectors including heavy industry, delivering programs centred around human psychology and optimising performance.
In his spare time, James loves to travel and enjoys going spending time with friends and family.
Olivia is a Business Psychologist and Associate Lecturer at Central Queensland University, specialising in Cultural Transformation and Positive Psychology. Olivia is a leading specialist and published author in the application of Psychology and Neuroscience to Business Excellence and has worked with global business leaders. Olivia is passionate about designing and implementing solutions for organisations to unlock their potential, and sustainably increase their safety, wellbeing and performance to achieve optimal results. Olivia is an avid Manchester United fan and spends her free time island-hopping around the Whitsundays and caring for orphaned Joeys.
Kevin is a registered psychologist with broad-ranging psychological experience over 25 years from leadership development, clinical/counselling psychology, forensics, and neuropsychology.
He has had the good fortune to bring his engaging style of facilitation to diverse audiences from around the world.
He has worked with individuals on workplace safety, neuropsychology, and employee assistance services throughout Australia and internationally across a variety of organisations from heavy industry, manufacturing, military, transport and government.
When not at work Kevin enjoys hiking and getting out on his road bike.
With over ten years of experience as a facilitator, Suzi has delivered a wide range of educational programs in resilience, media, psychology and mental health. Suzi is passionate about mental health and has been a keynote speaker for an International Women’s Day conference, discussing resilience.
With an educational background in Communications & Sociology, Suzi is fascinated by human interaction and improving communication methodologies.
A proud mother of two, Suzi enjoys spending time with her young family outdoors, camping, hiking and swimming.
She is a voracious reader, a keen cook and a music lover with a lust for life.
With a background in law, criminology, psychology and adult education, Angie is passionate about using educational psychology as a tool to increase safety awareness, and wellbeing.
Having specialised in the fields of education, personal growth and community development for 20 years, Angie has developed a variety of online and facilitated programs to government organisations including the Department of Education, the Australian Defence Force as well as various Departments of the Australian Criminal Justice System.
Angie has a love of history, palaeontology and has recently become a member of the QLD SES.
A pastoralist’s daughter with over 14 years’ experience in work health and safety, Alex is the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Woman of the Year (SA), the winner of the 2018 SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Award and the proud Director and Principal Consultant of her own consulting business. Having worked with over 100 businesses across a multitude of different industries, Alex’s core objective is to help her clients re-calibrate the value proposition of work health and safety from ‘box-ticking’ to empowering people, reducing risk and ultimately preventing people from becoming injured. Alex loves daring to do things differently. She is also a part-time carer for her disabled father, a lover of horses, a two-time trekker of the Kokoda track and an amateur yogi.
Satchmore Muchiriri is a seasoned practitioner in Health & Safety, Environment (SHE) and the broader sustainability portfolio in the mining and manufacturing industries. Satch is based in Africa and has worked closely with many multinational corporations.
Satchmore is now a Leadership and Transformational Safety Consultant and focuses on helping people realize their full potential in every aspect of life. He has been in this field for more than 15 years at a senior level and has significant experience as a leader.
With this as a background, Satchmore is a proven leader with a long track record of successfully facilitating culture transformation strategies at an executive level.
Jemma is our Administration and Design Coordinator, looking after all Cognicent design and administration activities, both internal and for our clients.
Jemma is passionate about all thing’s art, design and people, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Design Majoring Communications.
With over a decade of experience working across industries including publishing, online marketing, architecture and charitable organisations, Jemma brings an eye for detail in supporting our client projects.
Outside of work, Jemma is an insatiable reader, keen cook, and loves long walks anywhere gorgeous, particularly with her furbaby.