Meet the Compass Team

Four years in development, Compass has been built
by a team of education experts and talented minds


Alicia Gilbert

Founder, Director & Principal

Alicia has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Master of Educational Leadership.  She has local and international teaching experience, including at NIST International School, a world leader in inquiry-based learning.  Alicia has been a university tutor and course content designer for QUT, specialising in integrated curriculum.


Dr Lisa van Leent


Lisa is an educational researcher interested in social equity in education.  Lisa's expertise includes over 10 years in classrooms including teaching roles, leadership and coaching roles across the primary years, and over 5 years in adult education and higher education contexts.


Shayla Olsen


Shayla is an educator, writer and advocate for the magic of childhood.  Shayla has 10 years classroom teaching experience and now works in higher education and research. She has a Bachelor of Education (Primary), a Masters of Arts (Editing & Publishing), and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing Pedagogy and Publishing Studies.


Dr Shaun Nykvist


Shaun is an educator, researcher and author focused on innovative approaches to teaching and learning that focus on activating student learning.  Shaun has knowledge of educational systems across the world and has played a key role in developing curriculum internationally.

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Kerrie Hinschen


Kerrie has an entrepreneurial mindset and in the past has started a small business, was a key member in the development of a small independent school and subsequent Business Development Manager.  With studies in HR Management and Accounting to compliment years of nursing experience, Kerrie believes that the future is shaped by those willing to step outside the box.  


Robert McGuiness


Rob has been a senior executive and practising consultant in the supply chain space within Australia and the near Pacific for over 30 years.


Rob's expertise includes implementing effective change programs in more than 200 organisations over 30 years.

Rob has honours diplomas in business management and supply chain management and practise.

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Allan Young


Allan is an advisor, leadership expert, life coach and former architect.  He has a passion for leadership and enhancing peoples’ lives.  Allan was director of his own architectural practice and spent 20 years as a high level sports coach.


Allan has degrees in Design Studies and Architecture, a Diploma in Life Coaching, National and International accreditation in his chosen sport and several practitioner certificates in personal and professional development.