Chief Executive Officer

NFA Group

In October 2017, Compass Executives were mandated by Stirling Square Capital Partners owned NFA Group (National Fostering Agency Group) – the largest Independent Children’s Services business in the UK – to source a replacement Chief Executive Officer for the outgoing incumbent who was moving into a non-executive director role within the group.

The new CEO would be responsible for leading the NFA Group through the next stage of its next stage of development, and be responsible for driving the business through to exit. Being such a critical appointment SSCP and NFA Group required a search partner with a “no failure” track record who could also demonstrate capability and knowledge to reach all corners of highly regulated industries.




Stirling Square Capital Partners (SSCP)
European Investment House


Chief Executive Officer

Sector Specialism

Children's Services
(Fostering, Residential and Education)

Year Founded





Compass Executives really delivered for us in our search for a new CEO for the NFA Group. It was a vitally important assignment given that we were recruiting a successor for a long standing and highly successful CEO in a sector-leading business. Compass went above and beyond in developing a deep understanding of the business and our requirements, and in only presenting candidates that closely met these. They think very creatively and their focus was very sharp; they particularly understood the culture of the business. The search was speedy and well organised, with a very high standard of verbal and written feedback. They have a granular knowledge of the sector and because of the way in which they work, we were fully involved throughout and achieved a great result. A really excellent search - thank you.

Douglas Quinn, Chairman


Sam Leighton-Smith, BA (Hons), LLB

Sam is the Founding Director of Compass Executives. Client feedback has described him as one of the most knowledgeable, well-networked and tenacious executive search leaders within the health, social care and education private sector, Sam has built an award-winning business with an exceptional track record in the shape of Compass Executives.

Ben Westcott, BA (Hons)

Ben is a Director at Compass Executives, with a versatile background which covers Board-level placements across a multitude of sectors including Veterinary, Elderly Care, Supported Living, Mental Health and Private Acute markets. He has quickly established himself as one of the most reputable executive search consultants in the industry evidenced by candidate and client feedback.