Staff Profiles

Dr Michael Tynan

Dr Michael Tynan is the Director of Social Compass where he leads and manages research and evaluation projects across the government, business and community sectors. Michael has over 25 years of experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Working at both local and national levels he has led and fostered collaborations that develop frameworks, processes and approaches to make meaningful change in the lives of communities with particular concern for addressing inequalities. This includes the Aboriginal communities of the Kaiela Dungala (Goulburn Murray) and Hume Regions of Victoria where he worked for over 15 years including as CEO of the Kaiela Planning Council (now the Kaiela Institute) and as an academic at the University of Melbourne Rural Health Academic Centre undertaking community based action research, teaching cultural safety, and organising student placements in Aboriginal health.

Nationally Michael has worked for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Commonwealth Department of Health, and the Lowitja Institute developing policy and research programs in collaboration with diverse stakeholders.

Michael’s community based action research has been particularly focussed on the social determinants of health and include articles on contemporary racism and its relationship to Australian identity, the challenges for government frameworks to effectively engage with community led governance initiatives, Aboriginal perspectives on health and wellbeing, and cultural competence of health and sporting organisations.

Nathan Leitch
Senior Research & Evaluation Consultant

Nathan - Research & Evaluation Consultant, Social Compass

Nathan is a Quandamooka man, a father of two and an Aboriginal Educator with considerable experience in the health, local government and education sectors.  He joined Social Compass in 2015 following nearly ten years working with Aboriginal communities across Victoria.

Throughout his career, Nathan has been successful in supporting positive change through proactive strategy and a dedication to retaining Aboriginal community ethics. He has been instrumental in creating policies, procedures, and education packages that are well-known for their innovation, credibility and, above-all, focus on community ownership and representation.


Lucy McGarry
Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant

LucyLucy has a background in research, evaluation and community development with 15 years’ experience working across the NGO and university sectors focused on engagement with Aboriginal communities in Australia and Indigenous communities in Guatemala and Mexico.

Prior to joining Social Compass, Lucy was the evaluation coordinator at the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) where she led the design and implementation of internal program evaluations and supported Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) to build their evaluation and research capacity. Her previous roles at the AH&MRC included in a workforce support unit for Aboriginal workers in ACCHS across NSW; a research support role, liaising with research bodies and Aboriginal communities to improve engagement and outcomes from Aboriginal health research; and as a researcher in the continuous quality improvement program.

Lucy has also worked with Jumbunna Indigenous Research Unit at UTS and with Link Up NSW on a range of research and evaluation projects.

Lucy’s work in Guatemala and Mexico was focused on community engagement and the implementation and evaluation of development programs in remote Mayan villages, and involved liaising with a range of stakeholders including local government authorities and funders.

Lucy uses her strong communication and research skills to improve understanding of stakeholder needs and priorities, facilitate design and delivery of effective programs, and support communities and other stakeholders to measure outcomes and build the evidence base about what works in a range of community contexts.

She is currently completing a Masters of Evaluation.

Dr Melanie Kan
Senior Consultant

Melanie has a PhD in Management from Victoria University, Wellington and has a varied background in consulting and research, across universities, public and private sector, and NGOs in healthcare settings, employment services networks, and child protection.

During her 10 years consulting, Melanie worked with an array of private and public sector workers and their organisations, dealing with job loss and redeployment with the career development and executive coaching organisation, Audrey Page and Associates. Melanie worked as a Senior Consultant, Executive Coach, and as the Head of Innovation and Learning, developing and implementing evidence-based wellbeing and career development programs to support individuals through job loss, and career changes. She conceptualised and led the development and national roll out of significant new career development programs including those specialising in equity and diversity issues for older workers, parents with children, and led a consulting project investigating the turnover of women executives.

Melanie’s earlier published research work was focused in the public health sector in New Zealand and investigated nurse leaders, midwifes and medical practitioners as they negotiated organisational change and national legislative changes. Her more recent research in Australia includes work with a nationwide not-for-profit employment network and child protection services that include metro, regional and remote or rural locations.  This research has provided organisational insights into network collaboration and worker resilience respectively. Melanie uses her consulting and coaching background, coupled with her research experience to facilitate and design research projects that serve the dual purpose of providing organisational insights and generating evidence based research.

Dr Tamara Mihalic Tynan
Research and Evaluation Consultant

Tamara has a PhD in Peace Building from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, USA. She has been engaged in practical and academic work on understanding conflict and social inclusion with people from all walks of life over the last twenty years.  She has worked and taught at the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University teaching Australian and international students.

Tamara worked as a peace consultant in the region of former Yugoslavia. She provided conflict analysis, needs assessment, nonviolent communication and conflict resolution services to local and international NGOs.  In 2001 Tamara founded a small NGO and created an applied peace-building program that continued providing these services.  She stayed in this position for 5 years. She has developed and facilitated workshops on communication, conflict management and understanding of social difference.  Participants in the workshops came from multicultural and various religious backgrounds, including refugees, participants who experienced a high level of war violence, experienced family violence, and/or various levels of trauma.

Tamara has extensive volunteering experience that brings additional skills and insights to her professional roles.  Currently, she spends one day per week at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court as a member of the Court Network team supporting court users, including those affected by family violence and individuals from CALD communities.

Jasmine Raymond
Research Assistant

JasmineJasmine joined Social Compass in 2017 as the Company’s research assistant. In that role, Jasmine provides varying levels of support across the full range of Social Compass projects.

She is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Arts/Law (majoring in Criminology and Human Rights) at Monash University.



Social Compass Associates

Dr John Prince


John has a PhD in Sociology and led the evaluation arm of Social Compass for over 10 years until December 2017. He is a highly skilled social researcher with over 20 years’ experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods, partnership and program developments, stakeholder management, and evaluation and monitoring frameworks.

John has also worked with large multinational corporations, universities and local councils to develop Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). Having developed RAPs he is now leading the RAP implementation process for a number of organisations and it is his experience and way of working with local Aboriginal communities that has him engaged in an ongoing way with many of our clients.

Prior to joining Social Compass, John held the position of Community Partnerships Manager at Transfield Services (2002-2006).  In this role, John was responsible for the development of Transfield Services Community Engagement Strategy and Approach and the implementation of the programs associated with the Strategy. This involved establishing a best practice Indigenous Participation Program.

John has also held various academic and teaching positions at Deakin University and Victoria University including Research Fellow in both the Corporate Citizenship Research Unit and the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights.

John has been an active member and advisor to a number of Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) in Victoria, was the inaugural Chair of Deakin University’s Advisory Panel for the development of a Masters of Applied Social Research and was a founding member of the editorial team of Sustainability Accountability Management and Policy Journal. He is a current Board member of Abolishion – a not for profit organisation fighting trafficking of women and children in Romania and establishing restoration homes for previously trafficked women.

Dr Jehan Loza


Jehan was the founder of Social Compass and Research Director until late 2017. She has more than 25 years’ experience undertaking social research and evaluation projects across the government, corporate and community sectors in a diverse range of cultural and geographic contexts.

Jehan brings to her role a sound understanding of business systems and processes having being named 2013 Victorian Finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She has a strong conviction that a socially inclusive future can occur through strategic policies and programs that are built around proper stakeholder engagement and an evidence-based framework.

Prior to establishing Social Compass in 2004, Jehan was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Corporate Citizenship Research Unit and a researcher in the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights at Deakin University. She holds a PhD in Sociology (Deakin University).


Panel of Contractors

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