Chief Commerical Officer


PreventX is the UK’s leading provider of online-led sexual health testing and diagnostic services, and is the only company with a fully integrated laboratory model. PreventX offer a superior end user experience at a lower cost to Local Authorities and the NHS when compared to traditional delivery models. In September 2019, Synova Capital made a significant minority growth investment into the business.

PreventX has over sixty contracts with local government public health authorities and NHS Trusts, and in 2019 had over 150 active services nationwide, providing the delivery of around one million on-line sexual health tests each year.

Owing to a pre-existing relationship with the current Chief Executive Officer, Compass Executives were invited to pitch, and subsequently win, a proposal to conduct a full executive search for a Chief Commercial Officer who would be responsible for developing the commercial, marketing and business development capacity for the business, as well as support the CEO and NED’s to raise the profile of the organisation within the market.




Synova Capital - UK Private Equity


Chief Commercial Officer

Sector Specialism

Preventative Health

Year Founded





We held a competitive process and took proposals from 6 firms so that we had a strong cross-section of single-handed head-hunters and larger corporate executive search companies. I had worked with Compass Executives before so I could have just given the assignment to them but I wanted to see how the team would benchmark against some of the largest players. From the outset the attention to detail was remarkable. In addition to the work they was doing on the brief I also had a call from Sam to check in and make sure that I had all I needed. The approach was forensic and meticulous without being over the top. The pitch was spot on and Compass Executives were the clear choice. They had taken the time to understand our business needs and had done their homework on the organisation over and above the brief. I demonstrated that they had really listened. We are quite a cost constrained organisation and Compass Executives were not the lowest price in the companies that we looked at but given what they offered, represented excellent value. A true partner.

Ruth Poole, Chief Executive Officer


It’s been great working with Compass Executives. He’s extremely thorough in his research and strives to keep you well informed at all times. Very approachable and extremely well connected. Would absolutely recommend.

Andy Burton, Chief Commercial Officer


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.