Dr Travis J. Kemp

PhD, MA, MBA, MSSc, GradDipPsychSt, GradDipSSc, BEd (PE), DipClinHyp, DipTrain&Ass

Consultant Organisational Psychologist, Executive Coach and Advisor
Independent Company Director
Adjunct Professor, UniSA Business School


Travis is recognised by both industry and professional peers and clients internationally as being amongst Australia’s leading practitioners and thought leaders in the fields of executive coaching, strategic leadership, peak performance, and organisational psychology.

In a career spanning more than 35 years he has worked extensively with board, executive and c-suite leaders, their teams and their organisations across NYSE and ASX listed companies, BRW Top 100 private companies, SME’s, technology start-up, federal, state and local government and not-for-profit sectors and across all  industries and professions including defence, technology, science, medicine, biotechnology, health, law, accounting, consulting, mining, engineering, construction, professional services, FMCG, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, financial services, agriculture and banking.

His work focusses on identifying, developing, and optimising performance and impact of individual leaders, their teams, and their enterprises, diagnosing and solving complex leadership and organisational performance challenges and refining, communicating, and executing enterprise strategy through effective leadership and evidence-based practice. As an executive coach and adviser, he works with Enterprise, C-Suite and Hi-Potential leaders to accelerate, transform, and optimise their leadership practice and impact whilst sustaining their continuous growth, development, and performance.

In addition to his private practice, Travis is also an owner and Co-Director of the Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology, a private consulting organisation providing discipline-leading coach development programs and supervision in the field of Coaching Psychology to professional coaches internationally.

He holds degrees across the disciplines of Physical Education, Psychology, Social Science and Business Administration and his diverse leadership experience and expertise spans enterprise leadership, performance and development, human capital, organisational sustainability, innovation, culture, commercial operations, and transformational change.

Professionally, Travis is a registered Psychologist with area of practice endorsement in Organisational, Exercise & Sport and Counselling Psychology, an internationally accredited Coaching Psychologist, a Certified Human Resources Professional, and an experienced independent Company Director. He is also Board-Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). As a result, Travis brings a rich diversity of understanding, competency, capability, and insight to the context of enterprise leadership.

Previously, he has held a range of senior leadership roles including Managing Director of The Teleran Group Pty. Ltd., Leadership and Talent Director at Lee Hecht Harrison (Australia & New Zealand), MBA Director at the University of South Australia, Global Program Manager for Leadership Assessment at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) (now Hewlett Packard) and Manager, Human Resources (Asia Pacific) for Faulding Pharmaceuticals (now Hospira). He has also held a range of non-executive Board appointments including Surf Lifesaving SA, Built Environs Pty Ltd (Now Maconnel Dowell), PlanDo Pty Ltd and BeIntent Pty Ltd. and was a founding non-executive Director of not-for-profit charity The Helmsman Project Ltd.

In addition, he retains an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor in the University of South Australia’s Business School. For 10 years he was Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney and was a member of the core team within the world’s first Master’s degree in Coaching Psychology. He has published widely in the professional and research literature on leadership, executive performance, education, and executive coaching, is co-editor of the international scientific journal, the International Coaching Psychology Review, Editorial Panel Member of The Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal and Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Coaching Psychology.

In 2005, in collaboration with his Sydney University colleagues Drs. Anthony Grant and Michael Cavanagh, Travis co-edited the world’s first evidence based coaching psychology text, Evidence Based Coaching Volume 1: Theory, Practice & Research from the Behavioural Sciences and is the co-author (with Drs. Annie McKee and Gordon Spence) of Management: A focus on leaders, an innovative post-graduate Leadership text in use in multiple post-graduate business programs in Australia.

Travis is Chartered Manager with the UK Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Leadership & Management, the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Human Resources Institute, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a past Scientific Advisory Council Member for the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard University and an Honorary Vice President and Accredited Coaching Psychologist with the International Society for Coaching Psychology where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow and Member of the ISCP Research Centre Advisory Board.

With a life-long commitment to community service, Travis has served as an Officer and Psychologist in the Australian Army Reserve, has been an active Surf Lifesaver for more than 40 years, receiving the National Medal in 2016 and is a Volunteer Firefighter with the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS).

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