The key to your conversations

The Vital Conversations team are dynamic, passionate, and highly experienced and trained professionals. who specialise in developing high performance, mentally healthy, individuals, teams, and organisations. This means that we can deliver a diverse range of services, as coaches, facilitators, supervisors, organisational psychologists and clinical psychologists.

Take a minute to read about our team and the personal philosophy at the heart of the services they deliver to clients at Vital Conversations.

Peta Slocombe (M.Psych) MAPS

Peta Slocombe (M.Psych) MAPS

Managing Director

At a Glance:

Works as; Coach, Consultant, Facilitator, speaker, Psychologist and Thought Leader in Mental Health and Organisational High Performance – sought after key note and conference speaker

Areas of Interest: Psychological Health, Emerging and Senior Leadership Team and Individual high performance, Conversation Analysis, and Mentally Healthy workplaces,


Peta is Director and founder of Vital Conversations. For 15 years she was Executive Manager of an organisation providing corporate services and overseeing up to 6,000 individual and workplace counselling, consulting and training sessions every year. With a passion for conversations that help to create change, Peta studied the behaviours of individuals, high performing teams and leaders in organisations for many years looking for patterns of conversation that created change. Her publication of The Vibrant Workplace(TM) Approach in New York in 2001 was described by US Journal Editor Dr Judah Ronch has been described as a unique and “profoundly overdue” approach to resolving challenges.

Peta is a fully registered Psychologist, member of the Australian Psychological Society and a registered National Health Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience.  She has diverse clinical and organisational experience and has lectured in both Executive Coaching and Psychology at Post-Graduate and Masters levels.  Her principles of strength-based, innovative and cutting edge practice have seen her sought after as a Psychologist, Coach and Consultant.  Peta has published in journal articles, and trained over 15,000 professionals.   Described by clients as passionate, down-to-earth and a master story teller, her present duties include personality and leadership profiling, coaching, supervision, consultancy on leadership development, workplace mental health and clinical work.

When Peta isn’t at work, she’s with her family, writing, trying to keep fit and supporting a number of community organisations.

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Melanie Fisher (M.Psych)

Melanie Fisher (M.Psych)

Manager Clinical and Organisational Development

At a Glance:

Works as; Coach, Consultant, Facilitator, Supervisor, Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor (internal and external)

Areas of Interest: Psychological Health (specialist in Pain, and mental health), Organisational Development, Culture and Change. High performance.

More about Melanie:

Melanie is a dynamic and engaging therapist, coach and facilitator who is results focused, able to provide keen insight into a client, group or team in a professional, warm and genuine way. She has worked with a variety of public and private sector organisations.

Strategic and considered in her approach to organisational development, clinical session and coaching, Melanie helps her clients to quickly understand their needs and define a helpful path forward. Melanie has contributed to empirical research in the field of Executive Coaching and is passionate about having the right conversation to help individuals achieve their goals.

Melanie is a fully registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Her professional training in commerce, counselling and organisational psychology give her a unique perspective on giving people the tools to flourish as individuals and leaders, both in a team and as part of the wider organisation. She has significant professional experience in organisational development interventions such as change management, leadership development, culture change, grievance management, organisational restructure and talent management.

With a strong understanding and experience in both public and private sector  environments, Melanie is passionate about individuals and organisations reaching their full potential and achieving meaningful and sustainable change.

When Melanie isn’t at work, she is usually close to, or on the beach, spending time with her family and her friends, and when she’s not doing those things, she loves to go for a run.

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Alisa Cardaci

Alisa Cardaci

Executive Coach / Business Development

At a Glance:

Works as: Coach, Facilitator and Consultant. Also manages operational support and client relationships.

Areas of Interest: Executive Presence, Leadership Development, Interpersonal Communication, Operations, Sales, and Personal and Organisational Resilience.

More about Alisa:

As a facilitator and coach, Alisa works with teams and individuals using empirically valid, constructive, strengths based models to develop insight and understanding of themselves. The outcome is that clients are able to explore and test out different ways of thinking and acting in the workplace.

Prior to becoming a professional coach, Alisa worked in sales and marketing, successfully supporting her colleagues and customers, including individuals, small businesses and medium to large corporations, to develop themselves and/or their businesses in a sustainable and successful ways.

Alisa has coached and facilitated workshops for people in many different organisations and industries; including Not-for-Profit executives and teams, frontline, middle and executive level managers in large national and multinational organisations, small to medium business owners, and individuals.

She has used a variety of assessment tools in a coaching context; HBDI, 360 degree feedback and is also accredited and experienced in delivering Hogan and DiSC profiles. Alisa uses many different coaching tools and techniques to support her clients through change, including, but not limited to, solution focused, narrative and positive psychology coaching practices.

Alisa’s approach is passionate yet realistic, disciplined yet personal. She creates a safe, supportive and constructive space to allow clients to develop insight into themselves, helping them to be more successful and productive in their workplace.

When Alisa isn’t at work, she’s with her family, trying to keep fit, playing netball or spending time with friends.

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Cesar Ariza

Cesar Ariza

Registered Psychologist

Cesar is a registered psychologist with over twenty years of experience, eleven of them in Australia. Cesar is a skilled psychologist who works in coaching, clinical, training, critical and traumatic incidence response settings.

Through his work he has developed an ample understanding of individual’s qualities, potential, challenges and pressing issues; and thanks to this awareness he implements a model of coaching based on collaboration, accurate information and pragmatism that results in increased self-efficacy, transformation and personalised solutions to their areas of concern.

His work approach is underpinned by extensive training in psychodynamics, neurobiology and ethics (moral psychology). Over the years and in response to an evolving society he has introduced relevant forms of therapy including CBT, solution-focussed interventions, existential therapy, mindfulness-based interventions and neuroscience.

Cesar’s qualifications include a Masters Degree in Counselling, A Bachelor (Hons) in Psychology (Assessed by the APS as equivalent to an Australian Masters of Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Ethics and Values Education. He is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society since 2006.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Cesar is comfortable rendering services in any of these languages.

Francis Lynch

Francis Lynch

Specialist Coach & Consultant

Coach and consultant with specialist expertise in leadership, governance, policy making and managing stakeholders in the not for profit sector.

Skilled, dedicated, and insightful – Francis has significant experience in helping individuals at any level to reflect on their work and make positive action for change. Supporting people to integrate their passion, purpose and experience to generate great outcomes is Francis’ passion.

Francis is an experienced leader with 15 years in Executive roles, including 8 years as a CEO. With broad experience of operational, management and executive roles across a number of organisations, Francis is able to provide thoughtful and considered support to those in leadership and those aspiring to leadership.

Francis has extensive governance experience, having been a member of 20 Boards over the last 30 years, including 10 years in Board Chairperson roles, including WACOSS and ACOSS President. He has been previously appointed to a number of Government advisory committees. With this experience, Francis understands the nuances of navigating boards, policymaking, strategic planning, managing multiple stakeholders’ expectations and priorities.

As a qualified and very experienced social worker and industry leader, Francis is also able to provide professional supervision and mentoring support where appropriate. An appreciation of positive psychology, strengths, and mindfulness informs Francis’ work. With his person centred approach, he is skilled at developing strong collaborative partnerships with those he works with, and helps his clients to reach their goals.

With his humble and considered approach, extensive experience and keen insights, Vital Conversations is proud to have Francis on the team.

Tiana Hankins (M.Psych)

Tiana Hankins (M.Psych)

Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

Tiana is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar and member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has been employed in psychological roles within the public sector for seven years, working with people to assist them in making changes within their lives to improve their psychological wellbeing, mental health, and relationships. She has experience working therapeutically in individual and group settings, with diverse client populations experiencing entrenched psychological patterns.

Tiana’s approach to her clinical work focuses on working collaboratively alongside the client to achieve their personal goals for therapy. She offers intervention strategies with strong evidence base, tailoring these to the client’s goals, whilst also emphasizing the client’s strengths and values.

Tiana is a warm, focused and genuine clinician, treating all clients with dignity and compassion.

Ryan Ng

Ryan Ng

Organisational Consultant & Psychologist

Ryan is a Consultant at Vital Conversations who is motivated by his passion for helping his clients achieve personal and organisational development. As a Registered Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society, his areas of expertise is in personality, core values, organisational culture and development.

Ryan’s background is in organisational psychology, technology and data science; and has considerable experience in a range of areas including psychometric assessment, survey development, and statistical analysis. His key role at Vital Conversations is developing and maintaining the Biggest Mental Health Check-in alongside Peta Slocombe and the team.

A skilled educator and assessor, Ryan’s style is described as energetic, knowledgeable and down-to-earth. Ryan’s innovativeness and strive for continuous improvement makes him a sought after professional – we are proud to have him as part of our team.

Todd Curley

Todd Curley

Specialist Coach & Consultant

Todd has been a professional athlete and coach for over 25 years, is an experienced leader of teams and has a strong background in facilitating positive leadership development, cultural change and improving team alignment.

Todd played over 265 games in the Australian Football League and Western Australian Football League between 1991-2005 with the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood and West Perth Football Clubs. During his career Todd played in almost 20 finals including 4 grand finals and two premierships.

Following his playing career Todd has gone on to become the Senior Coach of the West Perth Football Club, Assistant Coach at the Fremantle Dockers and is the current Senior Coach at The South Fremantle Football Club.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce, double majoring in Sports Administration and Marketing from Curtin University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching also from Curtin University and is a Level 3 accredited Australian Football League Coach.

Todd has had extensive exposure and experience in the importance of quality people management and the importance of high level strategic planning in the development, management and reporting of complex projects and programs. Throughout his corporate career Todd has experience as an employee of Coca Cola Amatil, Fosters Group, The Sunday Times and Chevron Australia as well owning his own small business.

His education in combination with his unique set of life experiences allows him to deliver engaging programs to corporate, school, community or sporting groups in team alignment, leadership development and cultural change.

With elite level communication skills, he is equally comfortable communicating to a group in a lecture theatre, within small groups, with individuals or building relationships with teams.

“My passion is to use my experiences in elite sport and corporate organizations to help individuals, teams and companies maximize their potential. The only limits are those limits set by ourselves”