Ian Newton – Chairperson
Ian has many years’ experience in governance and brings extensive business, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to Compass along with a passion for small business, health and wellbeing. Ian and wife Sue have been involved in several medical practices here on the Sunshine Coast and now in Brisbane. Modestly, Ian says “Playing a small role in transforming the lives of people living with a disability and their families through the educational and family-based model of Compass is an honour and a privilege.”
Ian is also a qualified Naturopath and Hypnotherapist and has for many years made valuable contributions to Compass’s staff training in a variety of areas including Strategy, Leadership, Innovation and Stress Management.
Kay Melleuish – Treasurer
Kay has been a registered nurse for 29 years. In that time she has specialised in Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol Detoxification, Forensic Psychiatry, Mental Handicap Nursing and General. She worked as a nurse educator in Psychiatry and Mental Handicap Nursing. Kay also became a trainer for the QLD Health Aggression Management Program and has her own education consultancy practice. She now works at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine assessing mental health consumers, as well as at two doctor’s surgeries as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Kay was lucky enough to find Aikido many years ago and managed to achieve Shodan which was one of the proudest moments of her life. To find that David had a common interest in helping and improving life for people who have disabilities inspired her to be part of the committee. She now enjoyings watching the service grow and the trainees achieving.
Wendy Dangerfield – Secretary
Wendy holds two roles with Compass, one as Secretary on the Board of Management and the other as Head of Finance. The Head of Finance role sees her overseeing payroll, creditors, customers, financial reporting as well as managing upgrades to the different Education & Training centres.
The Secretary role sees her providing financial reports to the Board, preparing annual budgets and being part of the decision making for the future of the organisation. She is a born and bred Sunshine Coast girl and proud of it.
Aaron is the founder of Eighty20 Partners, an outcome-driven business that focuses on professional partnerships and collaborations with community spirit in mind. Aaron comes from a strong sporting background having worked for many years on International brands such as Nike, Coca Cola and Basketball Australia as well as significant experience in the not-for-profit sector.
A country boy at heart, Aaron puts honesty and integrity high on his list of values and uses these to deliver results to his clients.
Justin has over 20 years of experience working in investment advisory financial services. Since joining Ord Minnett in 2005 Justin has established a successful wealth management practice providing direct investment advice and funds management services to a select group of private individuals and families, their companies, trusts, superannuation funds and special disability trusts.
Justin is a Certified Financial Planner® or CFP® and is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia. He holds a Master of Applied Finance, a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and a Diploma of Financial Markets.
Kurek has been well known around the world for over 3 decades as the premier expert in personal & professional development and self-discovery. His Fire Walking techniques have shown 1000’s how to overcome their fears and embrace the mantra that anything is possible. He has given 100’s of presentations and workshops and is the author of International Best Seller “How Would Love Respond”.
Kurek has a passion for Aikido and a passion for Life on the Sunshine Coast.
David Dangerfield – CEO
David Dangerfield is the founder and CEO of the Compass Institute. His background includes many years’ experience in the fields of business, the not for profit sector and disabilities.
He studied and worked overseas in the disability sector during the eighties and nurtured the vision of establishing a leading edge service for young people with disabilities in Australia – a dream he realised through Compass in 2002.
In 2014 David was awarded Sunshine Coast Australia Day Citizen of the Year and his work in disabilities and the community has also been recognised with a number of other honours.