Chief Executive Officer

Nua Healthcare

Compass Executives were approached by the outgoing and founding Chief Executive of Ion Equity owned Nua Healthcare, to help source his replacement, as he was stepping into a Non-Executive Directorship capacity as Chairman.

Nua were looking for a Chief Executive Officer to shoulder the responsibility of leading effective delivery of high quality care throughout the Republic of Ireland, with the aim of continuously improving service provision, ensuring financial strength through the pursuit of organic growth and new business opportunities.




Ion Equity / PE Backed


Chief Executive Officer

Sector Specialism

Adult Social Care



Staff / Headcount





We used Compass Executives to find a CEO for our complex care residential service in Ireland, Nua Healthcare. We chose Compass Executives because of their sector knowledge and evident hustle. We had high hopes for how they would perform, and they more than met those. Sam, Ben and Luke were personally committed to the process. They understood that the task isn't just about finding the right candidates, but in building enthusiasm for the role. Every candidate we met had been well researched by Compass Executives and had the Nua opportunity well explained to them. Compass Executives successfully delivered a number of very strong candidates, and helped us secure an outstanding candidate for the role. I would recommend them without hesitation.

Ulric Kenny, Partner, Ion Equity


Not often I would be so gushing in my rhetoric: clear, engaging and extremely professional in their approach, Compass Executives have been a pleasure to work with. The communication and support has been nothing short of first class. Consistent, engaging, always approachable, always contactable, grounded, honest, insightful, supportive and knowledgeable are the main things that come to mind. Importantly, they have also been appropriately challenging when the need to be so has arisen. Compass Executives’ knowledge of the client’s requirements and the health and social care market itself is evidentially clear. Providing erudite insights and in a positive, friendly way they combine high-end performance with a grounded approach that meets all stakeholder needs. The preparation I received was clear, concise, professional, who understand their customer, the brief and then executes to the agreed plan. Compass Executives are grounded, avoid unnecessary jargon and deliver results. Simply superb, and again I don’t say that lightly. Not only would I absolutely recommend their services to my peers, I already have done so.

Chris Hindle, Chief Executive Officer


Luke Osborne, BSc (Hons)

Luke is a Partner at Compass Executives, with a key focus on Director and C-Level hires across the Privately backed and Advisory Services health and social care communities. Having re-joined Compass Recruitment Solutions (CRS) in 2015, Luke has a wealth of specialist knowledge and a first-class track record of delivery.

Sam Leighton-Smith, BA (Hons), LLB

Sam is the Group Managing Director at CRS, which comprises the Compass Executives brand. 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.