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
I have been a registered nurse for 29 years. In that time I have specialised in Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol Detoxification, Forensic Psychiatry, Mental Handicap Nursing and General. I worked as a nurse educator in Psychiatry and Mental Handicap Nursing. I also became a trainer for the QLD Health Aggression Management Program and have my own education consultancy practice. I now work at Nambour General Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine assessing mental health consumers, plus I work at two doctor’s surgeries as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
I was lucky enough to find Aikido many years ago and managed to achieve Shodan which was one of the proudest moments of my life. To find that David had a common interest in helping and improving life for people who have disabilities inspired me to be part of the committee. I now enjoying 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.
Cate MacMillan – Community
I have grown up in rural Queensland and now live on the Sunshine Coast with my husband Scott, where I follow my passion for learning.
I am undertaking a PhD of Urban Planning by Research with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems in the Faculty of Arts and Business. I became aware of the need to address housing options for adults with disabilities wanting to leave the family home and continue to work as a volunteer with adults with disabilities through The Compass Institute at Palmwoods.
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 and Brendan joined Garland Waddington. Brendan’s particular areas of expertise include building and construction law, insolvency, and commercial litigation.
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.
David Dangerfield – CEO
David Dangerfield is the founder and Chief Executive Officer 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 January 2014 David Dangerfield was awarded Sunshine Coast Australian of the Year and was presented with his trophy at the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Award ceremony.