Leadership Team


Dr. Kate Mirfin
Director (Registered Psychologist, PhD, BSc[Hons])

Kate is a director of Cerno.  Kate is a registered psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in a wide range of areas (including selection and development-focused assessment centres, research, workshop facilitation, capability identification, 360° coaching sessions, performance management, and strategy and policy development and implementation).  Kate has worked with managers and leaders at a wide range of levels; from team leaders and front-line managers to candidates for chief executive roles.  Kate has worked as a Cerno consultant since 2004.  Previously Kate was the Manager of the Army Psychology Service, where she was responsible for the conduct of psychology and psychology-related services and research.  While serving with the New Zealand Army Kate developed a range of services to assist service people and their families cope with the stresses caused by peacekeeping deployments, worked within Massey University’s Psychology Department, and represented New Zealand at a range of international fora.  

Kate completed her PhD at Massey University, where she researched the psychological effects of the peacekeeping service in Bosnia.  Kate’s work has been published in Stress Medicine and Military Medicine.


Dr. Tania Graham
Director (Registered Psychologist, PhD, PGDip, MA[Hons])

Tania is a director of Cerno. Tania has over 15 years of extensive experience generating and implementing assessment tools for a wide range of capability frameworks, conducting senior manager and Chief Executive assessments for public and private sector organisations, undertaking 360° coaching sessions, and workshop facilitation.  Tania has led the development and implementation of numerous leadership development programmes for clients across the public sector and has worked with managers and leaders at a wide range of levels; from team leaders and front-line managers to candidates for chief executive roles. 

Tania completed her PhD at Massey University, where she worked with the New Zealand Police to explore the job expectations of new recruits.  She is a registered psychologist who is qualified to administer a range of psychometric tools for the assessment of personality, working styles, team preferences and cognitive ability.


Dr. Danica Hooper
Director - Cerno Australia Pty. Ltd. (Registered Psychologist [Australia], PhD, BSc[Hons])

Danica is the Director of Cerno Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.  She holds a PhD in organisational psychology, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and the College of Organisational Psychologists.  

Danica is a registered psychologist with over 14 years’ experience providing organisational consulting services to businesses across Australia and South East Asia.  Danica’s consulting experience includes a wide spectrum of public and private sector organisations, including government (local, state and commonwealth), mining, energy, engineering, transport, retail, and financial industries.  She specialises in assessment, leadership development, and coaching for employee selection and development purposes, as well as in a broad range of organisational development initiatives.  She brings a business focus to work, drawing upon her own management experience, qualifications in process improvement (Six Sigma), and her background in facilitating strategic planning workshops for organisations.




Dr. Carl Beuke
Principal Psychologist (Registered Psychologist, PhD, BSc[Hons])

Carl is a psychologist who has specialised in leadership and management development since 2002, and has worked with Cerno since 2007.  In addition to developing and implementing leadership assessment and development centres, he is experienced in training HR professionals in assessment and test interpretation, and in conducting statistical and psychometric research and development.  He has worked with managers and leaders at a wide range of levels, from team leaders and front-line managers to candidates for Chief Executive roles.

Carl holds a PhD in Psychology from Victoria University, where his topic was information processing in depression and anxiety. His PhD research was published in Clinical Psychology Review. He previously worked for Australian Psychologists Press (APP) and the Independent Testing Service of Australia (ITSA).


Maya Crawley
Consultant (Registered Psychologist, PGDip, MA[Hons], BBusCom)

Maya is a registered Psychologist who is passionate about helping individuals and the organisations they work for achieve sustainable performance and long-term growth. She has a particular interest in working with leaders and entrepreneurs to enhance performance and personal well-being. Prior to joining Cerno, Maya ran her own business which saw her tackling a variety of challenges, especially in the areas of business innovation and leader development.

Maya has also been involved in organisational development consulting, designing innovative talent management frameworks, and conducting organisational research. In addition to her background in Industrial Psychology, Maya has a degree in Marketing and Business Communication from the University of Siena in Italy, where she lived for a number of years.



Nicky Mildenhall
Client Coordinator (BSc[Hons])

Nicky is a client co-ordinator at Cerno, and often first point of contact for senior managers who attend an Assessment or Development Centre at Cerno. She coordinates the logistics of the assessment process, and assists with the smooth running of the business.  Nicky previously worked for an HR consulting firm, researched tuberculosis vaccines, and studied the aging process of tuataras. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science.

Nicky is currently on parental leave.


Daniel Joyce
Technology and Services Administrator (BCom)

Daniel is Cerno's Services and Technology Administrator, who ensures all online and office services remain available for both client and consultant use. He also has extensive involvement in all Cerno 360° projects, and the Queensland Executive Capability Assessment and Development programme.

Daniel graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Electronic Commerce and Information Systems.