Compass Seminars - New Zealand's best professional development training provider, offering seminars for those who work with children, young people and families throughout New Zealand.


About Us

Compass Ltd is New Zealand's leading and most dynamic provider of day long, professional development training for professionals working with children and young people. No one else offers as many seminars for the child and youth sector, in as many places through out the country as Compass. We coordinate and host up to 4 seminars a year in each of the following areas, Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Tasman, Canterbury and Otago. We will also happily arrange events in other areas upon request. We seek to offer the complete training experience, using the best training talent from throughout Australasia and beyond. We base our workshops at the best available venues and support them with a fantastic range of additional services including seminar notes, mouth watering catering, convenient parking, civilised finish times, and much much more. At all of our events we also offer a comprehensive bookshop relating to all our current topics. We search the world to find the most up to date and relevant resources and literature see our Book and Resources page for more. For your convenience we offer EFTPOS, Credit Card and invoicing options at all of our events.

The management team at Compass are all experienced ex-clinicians from a range of child and adolescent agency settings so you know that our training programme always deals with contemporary issues that are relevant to the workforce in this industry.


Craig McKenzie

Craig McKenzie, Managing Director

Craig is the Managing Director of Compass Seminars New Zealand. Originally from a background in Child and Adolescent Social Work. Craig oversees the general operations of Compass and his key areas of responsibility are trainer recruitment and relationship management, event hosting, and the development of new business.

Craig always prefers talking (about anything) to working so you can be sure he will be up for a chat if you call the office. He also makes a mean cup of coffee (not that this skill is always appreciated by others in the Compass office).

Craig can be contacted by emailing

Kate Wellington, Events Manager

As the Events Manager Kate is involved in a varity of tasks including the event planning for all of our upcoming seminars which includes venue management, the orgaising of trainer itineraries, hosting the semainrs on the day and making sure everything is well organised and running smoothly.

Kate has previously worked and studied in the health sector before heading off for her big OE to the UK and Europe. She joined Compass upon her return from this adventure.

As one of the youngest personnel in our office Kate occupies a key role as technical advisor to the other fossils in all matters to do with mobile phones and the interweb thingy.

Kate can be contacted by emailing


Ros McKenzie

Rosalind McKenzie, Operations Manager

Ros is our Operations Manager. Working behind the scenes with our venues, suppliers and trainers to ensure that our events run without a hitch and look effortless. She also selects the titles and resources we sell through the Compass Bookshop.

Prior to joining Compass Ros worked as a clinician in Child & Adolescent Mental Health and also provided specialist consultation services to the education sector. This experience means that she also plays a central role in finalising seminar content to ensure it is relevant to our customers needs.

Ros likes a good cup of tea, well crafted shoes, and has a soft spot for Jamie Oliver. 

Ros can be contacted by emailing

Geraldine Knowles, Administrator

Gerry is one of our hard working administrators. Gerry joined us in 2012 following her return home from a number of years working in NSW. She is responsible for a range of activities including registration management, customer service, managing our website content and assisting with event preparation.

Gerry assures us that she has no quirky qualities that warrant being mentioned as part of this staff profile but we feel very strongly that there must be something so watch this space and as soon as we notice something, we will let you know.

Gerry can be contacted by emailing




Ben Monaghan



Ben Monaghan, Event Manager

Ben occupys the role of Event Manager on behalf of Compass Seminars Australia. He coordinates the general operations of Compass and his key areas of responsibility are event hosting and the development of new business.

Ben is familiar with the training needs of the child and youth sector as he has worked for 12 years as a clinician in Child & Youth Mental Health and in addition to his role with Compass he works with Mater Kids in Mind providing specialist clinical and education services to regional health providers in Queensland.

Ben LOVES to travel and particularly has a softspot for Asia. Watch this space because if he gets his way we will no doubt be doing seminars there in the near future!

Ben can be contacted by emailing