Our People

What sets us apart

It’s not our products (we don’t have any) and it’s not our systems (although they’re not bad).  100% of our income is derived from our people sharing with you their time and expertise to help solve your problems and improve your business.

Paul Lindsay

Paul is the Managing Director of Compass Assurance Services. He has worked in operational and executive roles within the mining, professional services, certification and risk management industries for over 20 years. He has managed sales functions and teams of auditors and consultants engaged within the telecommunications, water, electricity, oil and gas, government, financial services and healthcare industries on projects relating to risk, safety, compliance, quality, environment management and governance.

Paul brings a unique perspective on certification having worked in senior roles with multinational conformity assessment bodies and in quality control roles. It was this experience that provided the impetus to form Compass Assurance Services and forge a new direction in assurance.

Paul holds a Masters in Business Administration, Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, Advanced Diploma in Management and Lead Auditor Qualifications for Safety and Quality.

Katherine Lindsay

Katherine is the Operations Director of Compass Assurance Services. Katherine has worked in operational, training, safety and quality roles within the mining, defence, certification and risk management industries for over 20 years. Katherine has developed safety and quality management systems, designed processing plants, managed armament and explosives programs and conducted many safety, quality and environmental audits.

Katherine has held roles with the RAAF, Thiess Contractors, Department of Education (VIC) and NCS International before Compass Assurance Services.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Master Of Business Administration, Bachelor of Teaching, as well as qualifications in training, safety, investigation, quality management and environmental management.

Brian Johnston

Brian is a non-Executive Director of Compass Assurance Services and is employed full time as Financial Controller of Nova 106.9, a Brisbane based Commercial Radio Station.

He has almost 15 years’ experience as an executive with Metropolitan and Regional Radio stations across Australia.  Previously he spent 13 years working with Chartered Accountants KPMG in their Sydney and London offices.  He specialised in providing  Audit &  Assurance services to clients across industries including Transportation,  Communication, Media, Information Technology and Banking and also had extensive experience in working on business mergers and acquisitions.

Brian is also Treasurer and Board Member of Redlands Hockey Association and has also previously held board positions in Brisbane based commercial radio industry organisations.

Brian has been a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants for over 20 years and holds a Bachelor of Economics.

Ad Besemer

Ad is a non-Executive Director of Compass Assurance Services and is employed full time as Vice President of Kiwa NV, a Dutch based international certification body. Kiwa is one of Compass’ shareholders.
He has more then 20 years’ experience in certification started as an auditor and at this moment responsible for several Kiwa offices in Europe, South America and Asia and corporate International Business Development Manager.
Ad holds a Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA) specialised in strategic marketing.