Dr John Prince
Director, Social Compass
John has a PhD in Sociology and heads up the evaluation arm of Social Compass where he leads and manages evaluation projects across the government, business and community sectors. 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
Director, Social Compass
Jehan is the founder and Research Director at Social Compass. 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).
Research & Evaluation Consultant
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.
Research and Evaluation Consultant
Lucy 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.
Jasmine 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.
Panel of Contractors
Social Compass also has a panel of sub-contractor experts and Associates with whom it collaborates on some of its projects. If you are interested in being a part of this panel, please Contact Us.