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Meet our team

We love serving families like yours!

Every member of our team chooses to be involved in the funeral industry because they want to make a difference. We all view what we do as more than a vocation; it’s a way of life. Our skills and expertise help us guide families to plan a funeral service they can always remember. 

Funeral Directors - Queensland

Kim Compassionate Funerals Queensland

Kim Lunt

Kim has worked in the funeral industry for over two decades. During her career, Kim has worked with some of the biggest companies in the funeral industry. She also owned her own funeral home in Melbourne for eight years. Kim brings a wealth of knowledge to managing our funeral home and is passionate about ensuring that families are cared for with dignity and respect.
Emily Compassionate Funerals Queensland

Emily Lunt

Emily is an all-rounder superstar whose diverse skill set is highly valued. She has been exposed to the funeral industry since she was a child, having worked alongside her mother in their family-owned funeral home since the age of 14. Her creativity and kindness are always present in everything she does.
Jess Compassionate Funerals Queensland

Jess Viljoen

Jess works for Compassionate Funerals as a casual funeral directors’ assistant, including by helping in the mortuary and office, and transferring loved ones into our care. She is very eager to learn new skills and is looking forward to a long future in the funeral industry.
Cate Howard grief counsellor Queensland

Cate Howard

Cate is a qualified counsellor specialising in grief and bereavement. Cate has worked in the funeral industry for seven years as a funeral director and counsellor. She considers it a profound privilege to care for families by offering support during the funeral, as well as before and after the funeral. Cate provides compassionate care and understanding during what can be a very challenging time.

Support Team

Andrew McKenzie – CEO

Andrew is our CEO and has responsibility for our businesses and the team that deliver our funeral services. With a professional background in for profit and not-for-profit businesses, Andrew is motivated by our mission to serve families and support other charities that bring life-changing impact to people. Andrew enjoys coffee and running to clear his head and maintain some fitness.

Danielle Williams

Danielle is our Financial and Corporate Administrator and has been with the company for over 11 years, she enjoys the importance of building wonderful working relationships with our external suppliers and providing support to our grieving families. Danielle has always worked in not-for-profit organisations and values the position to support others in a time of loss. When not working she enjoys spending time watching my three children playing sport and attending as many AFL games as possible to watch the Bombers.

Word Investments - Board Members

Trevor Adams – Board Chair

Trevor has been involved in the funeral industry for over 50 years, and has served on our board for 24 years. He is our Board Chair and also chairs the Finance Committee.

Alexina Baldini

Alexina is a Psychologist and the Founding Director of Enable Workplace Consulting. She has been serving on our board for 5 years and is a member of the Marketing Committee

Carey Schumann

Carey joined the Board in 2023 and together with his brother is the owner of Sinelec Australia Pty Ltd and is the Managing Director. Carey is also part of the Risk Committee. Carey has a long-standing connection to Word Investments Limited and is a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Ian Tyson

Ian is the CEO and Executive Director of Timberlink Australia and New Zealand. He has served on our board for 10 years and is Chair of the Risk Committee.

Paul Holdway

Paul is a Lawyer and a Principal of Lewis Holdway Lawyers & Legal Essentials Pty Ltd. He joined the Board in 2024.

Mark Joy

Mark works at Interflora and is CFO and Company Secretary. He has served on our board for 9 years and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Max Sahl

Max is CEO of Wycliffe Australia and he is passionate about making the Bible available in all languages. He has served on our board for three years and is a member of the Risk Committee

Rob Peffer

Rob has a background in Law and Agriculture and works in Sales and Distribution at Peffer Pastoral Company Pty Ltd in Molong NSW. He has served on our board for 13 years.

Sue Stott

Sue is semi-retired having run her own Business Support services company for 20 years. She has served on our board for 11 years and is Chair of the Marketing Committee and is also a Finance Committee member.