Peter Macqueen

Peter Macqueen, Principal of Compass Consulting, has over thirty-five years' experience in management consulting. Peter's breadth of experience and professional qualifications are summarised as follows:

  • Management Consultant for over 35 years, working with a national consultancy, as well as a boutique Queensland-based consultancy, before embarking on self-employment.
  • Registered Psychologist (Organisational) and Member of the College of Organisational Psychologists (Australian Psychological Society).
  • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society; Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (and Certified Management Consultant).
  • Member or International Affiliate of various overseas psychological associations, including: International Test Commission; British Psychological Society; American Psychological Association (including Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology); and International Association of Applied Psychology.
  • Lecturer (part-time) at both Griffith University and University of Queensland; member of advisory boards or bodies at both.
  • Council member, International Test Commission.

Peter commenced his professional career at Mount Isa Mines in the Personnel Research section at Isa. Following his return to the University of Queensland to pursue post-graduate studies in organisational psychology, he joined a well-known national consultancy specialising in psychological assessment and human resource consulting. After several years in the Brisbane and Sydney offices of this organisation, he joined a Queensland-based boutique management consultancy offering a range of services, particularly to the resources sector.

Since 1992 Peter has been the Principal of Compass Consulting. While Peter's major focus has been in the area of psychological assessment, recruitment and outplacement, he has undertaken a broad range of assignments in his consulting career - assisting individuals and organisations to take more effective actions in relation to people@work.

In addition to his formal qualifications in psychology, Peter holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (University of Queensland).

Professional development, engagement, and advocacy

As a strong proponent of professional development he has been a regular attendee at the biennial Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference held in Australia under the auspices of the College of Organisational Psychologists. He has also attended many international conferences and workshops sponsored by: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); International Test Commission (ITC); and International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

Material from these conferences, together with the practical knowledge and skill acquired over many years, has been put to good use in Peter's lecturing activities. Since 2006 he has been a regular lecturer/course convenor at Griffith University in its postgraduate psychological assessment module (organisational stream). Furthermore, since 2014 he has lectured/convened at the University of Queensland in a fourth year psychology subject, personnel assessment.

In 2011 he was invited to become an inaugural member of the APS Tests and Testing Reference (now Expert) Group, and he remains on this small body (as of late 2017). In 2016 he was co-opted to the Council of the International Test Commission. In recent years he has regularly participated in Griffith University advisory board meetings for both the organisational psychology program, and the broader School of Applied Psychology. He has also been involved with ad hoc meetings of the UQ organisational psychology advisory committee.

The issue of mandatory registration of psychologists in Australia has been a contentious issue, particularly for organisational psychologists (see O'Gorman and Macqueen, 2017, as cited below). Following the creation of the APS COP National Regulatory Developments Working Party, Peter joined as a member and continued as Secretary and finally as a contributing member. During about 5 years of involvement with this highly productive group he contributed to many consultation papers to the Psychology Board of Australia, and endeavoured to alert fellow organisational psychologists to the implications of this inappropriate legislation and model of registration as introduced into Australia in late 2009.

Honours and Awards

APS College of Organisational Psychologists Award of Distinction 2016
Fellow, Australian Psychological Society (awarded 2014)
Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants (awarded 1997)


O'Gorman, J. & Macqueen, P. (2017). Licensing organizational psychologists: The Australian experience.
          Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 10(2), 217 - 223.

Macqueen, P. (2012). The rapid rise of online psychological testing in selection.
         InPsych, 34(5), 18 - 19. [Published by Australian Psychological Society.]

Extra curricular activities

Peter is a Life Member of the University of Queensland Hockey Club (UQHC) given his contribution to the club over many years, including not only active involvement in the club itself but also in the (then) UQ Sports and Physical Recreation Association (executive roles) and Brisbane Hockey Association (management committee).


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Peter Macqueen
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