About Us

Compass Seminars is New Zealand’s leading professional development training provider for professionals who work with Children, Young People and Families. Compass delivers more training, in more New Zealand cities, than anyone else in the industry. Read more below.

About Compass New Zealand

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.

Compass Seminars 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 throughout 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, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Tasman, Canterbury, Otago and Southland. 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 New Zealand and overseas.

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 Books and Resources). For your convenience we offer EFTPOS, Credit Card and invoicing options at all of our events.

Craig McKenzie, Manager

Craig is the Manager of Compass Seminars. Originally from a background in Child and Adolescent social work, Craig now 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 is famous (in his own mind) for his own unique rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody - not that this talent is always appreciated by others in the Compass office.

Craig can be contacted by emailing craig@compass.ac.nz

Ros McKenzie, Operations & Accounts

Ros is our Operations Manager. She looks after the financial side of the operation, making sure everybody gets paid.

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 any song by Adele. You hum it.,...she'll sing it!

Ros can be contacted by emailing ros@compass.ac.nz

Gerri Knowles, Administration Manager

Gerri is our delightful and hard working Administration Manager. Gerri 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.

She has an uncanny ability to remember details and uses this skill for good in her daily dealings with our customers and the rest of the team. Gerri is also the office barista and is called upon every day to make one of her 'mean as' Flat Whites (or 6) for the rest of the team

Gerri can be contacted by emailing office@compass.ac.nz

Danni Cuffe, Event Co-ordination

Danni organises our event logistics, making sure everything is organised and good to go for our trainers and customers in the lead up to our seminars.    

She also helps out with the hosting at most of our seminars is normally the first person you will meet at our seminar registration desk.

Danni has previously worked in the tourism industry and also in public sector and volunteer recruitment roles. She has lived and worked in a number

of countries including South Korea, Greece, the UK and Austria.  We are pleased to have her back home in New Zealand as part of our team.  

Danni can be contacted by emailing admin@compass.ac.nz