Ian Newton – Chairperson
Ian has a passion for small business, health and wellbeing, and martial arts. Playing a small role in transforming lives through the educational and family based model of Compass is an honour and a privilege.
Ian is a qualified Naturopath and Hypnotherapist.
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 Office Manager. The Office Manager 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.
Brendan grew up in country Queensland (Stanthorpe) before completing his secondary education (Marist Bros Ashgrove) and tertiary education (a Bachelor of Laws at QUT) in Brisbane.
After being admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1989 and specialising in litigation in Brisbane, Brendan and his wife Lisa moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1992. Brendan’s particular areas of expertise include building and construction law, insolvency, and commercial litigation. Brendan has recently established his own legal firm, Bathersby Legal, in the heart of Maroochydore CBD.
Brendan and Lisa have raised 3 children who, after completing their secondary education at Siena College, are themselves now venturing into tertiary education.
Given his time living and working on the Sunshine Coast, Brendan is passionate about the place where he lives and works, its people and communities.
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 – Managing Director
David Dangerfield is the founder and Managing Director 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.