Meet our tutors, staff and affiliates

There are currently 21 highly qualified and experienced people involved in the delivery of Compass courses, here is a brief snapshot of each of them.

Our tutors

Wendy Knights

Wendy has a BSc (hons) Psychology and an NPTC Assessor – Animal Care.
She has great experience of working with a wide range of animals in different settings including, quarantine kennels and riding for the disabled as well as working with farm animals and owning horses, cats and dogs.

Joanne Martin

Joanne has a BSc (hons) Natural Sciences (including oceanography, evolution and environmental studies), an MSc Biology (brain and behaviour) and Medicinal Chemistry and an MEd. She also tutors for the Open University.
She spent some time as a Veterinary Nurse and has a particular interest in horses, cats and dogs.

Jackie Murphy

Jackie has a City and Guilds (level 4) Certificate in Further and Adult Education and NCFE Tutors and Trainers Certificate. She has completed wide variety of animal related courses including the Compass Advanced Diploma Canine Behaviour Management and all 5 stages of the Hill’s Nutritional Advisor programme. She is a practising Canine Behaviourist and trainer and sits on the board of the UKRCB.

Angela Willerton

Angela is qualified to teach in Adult Education, she taught animal behaviour, welfare and handling for several years at Grimsby College and has a National Diploma in Animal Management as well as having completed a number of Open University courses in Ecology and Conservation.
She has kept a range of different species over the years including cats, dogs, small mammals and fish. She currently has two dogs.


Yukiyo Cabrini

Yukiyo is an ex student of Compass who lives in Japan where she runs the Dog Behaviour Counselling Association. She has translated some of the Compass canine courses into Japanese so that they can be delivered to the Japanese population.

Alison Bush

Alison has a first class honours BSc in Animal Science (Behavioural studies).
She also runs Happier Hounds Dog Training where she provides classes ranging from puppy socialisation, basic dog obedience to clicker and agility training. She also runs Elista Education providing education and training opportunities in Animal Assistance and Therapy.
Alison is a member of the APDT and runs ‘Easy Lead’ practical dog training classes in conjunction with Compass theory modules.

Andi Little

Andi Has an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour.
She works in Norway and is closely involved in researching projects using dogs in therapy. She is particularly interested in the topic of the Human Animal Bond and has just written a module on the subject.

Office Staff

Magda Zembska

Magda is our book keeper and computer expert although when times are busy she is part of the team and helps out with anything that needs doing.

Compass Advisors

Dr Anne McBride

Dr Anne McBride holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology awarded by University College London in 1978. She was awarded her Doctorate in animal behaviour (Aspects of Social and Parental Behaviour in the European Rabbit) from the same institution in 1986. In 1992 she obtained a Certificate in Conservation and Ecology from Birkbeck College, London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Dr McBride has been a practising animal behaviour therapist since 1987 and was head clinician at the Animal Behaviour Clinic at the University of Southampton which was open from 1999-2009. She is a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists and has lectured, internationally, on various aspects of animal behaviour and the human-animal bond.

She was a co-founder of HOPE - the Homeless Owners with Pets project, now subsumed under the wing of the National Canine Defence League. She was a member of the advisory panel for the production of the 'Canine Code for Kids'. She was a member of the executive committee of SCAS (Society for Companion Animal Behaviour Studies) between 1995 –2002, and of CABTSG (Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group), which is affiliated to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, between 1995 and 2001. She was Honorary Secretary of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (1998-2001).

She is a Member of Council of the Companion Animal Welfare Council, an independent advisory body under the chairmanship of Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior. She is Deputy Chairperson of PATHWAY - a working party looking at pets and housing issues in the UK, chaired by Roger Gale MP. In 2001 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Myerscough College, University of Central Lancashire for her contribution to the field of pet behaviour.

Professor Simon Bearder

Professor Bearder is one of the world’s leading authorities on nocturnal primates. He is Professor Emeritus at Oxford Brookes which is known world wide for its expertise in this area. He recently co-edited a textbook called Primates in Perspective published by Oxford University Press. He writes:

I have spent some 12 years studying wild animals at night in Africa since leaving the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, where I read zoology, geology and botany.

I then studied spotted hyaenas near the Kruger National Park for two years as Senior Research Fellow at the Mammal Research Institute, before joining Bob Martin to do a two-year radio-tracking study of lesser bushbabies in the Northern Transvaal.
After that, I returned with my family to England and worked first as a Research Fellow at London Zoo and then as a lecturer in Physical Anthropology at Oxford Polytechnic, before it became Oxford Brookes.

This enabled me to consolidate a programme of research on nocturnal primates, with work in 17 African countries (and one trip to Brazil ). This culminated in the formation of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group, starting with an enthusiastic group of PhD students and building to an international collaborative group of scientists working on bushbabies and lorises - from bones to biochemistry via biogeography and behaviour.

I would recommend the Compass primate programmes to anyone with an interest in that area or in preparation to studying the subject at a higher level.

Harold Burrows MBE

Cairngorms with the Search And Rescue Dog Association Wales (SARDA Wales) as a volunteer body to be hidden on the mountain and under the snow, for the search dog teams to find me. I was bitten (sorry about the pun) with the speed the dogs located people hidden on the mountains, it made no difference if they were on top of the snow or underneath, the dogs found them all.

I began to train my first search dog Kim in 1986, my second Call-Out with Kim was to attend the Lockerbie air crash on Boxing Day, where I spend four days searching. I have been training dogs and handlers from that date, at the same time trying to find the best way for handlers to understand the way their dogs learn.

I was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship in 1992 and travelled across the USA for three months, seeing how they train and deploy their search dog teams. When in the USA I was exposed to lots of different training methods and uses people had put dogs to. I returned with my head buzzing with information and ways to develop the training and deployment of search dogs in the UK.

I was elected Chairman of SARDA Wales where I introduced a new training method and was involved with setting up the National Search And Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) as an umbrella organisation for all search dog groups to join. The aim of NSARDA is to have all search dogs working to the same national standard and to be a focal point for search dog information. There are now national standards for Mountain, Lowland, Trailing and Drowned Victim Search Dogs.

I have been fortunate to be able to travel to many parts of the world to help training of search dogs and to give advice on setting up new search dog teams. With the introduction of the internet I have been able to correspond with even more dogs groups around the world.

More recently I have assisted Compass develop the Search and Rescue Dog Handler Canine Studies Diploma which I recommend.