Rangeford Holdings
Chief Executive Officer
Finance Director

April 2018

Company Profile

Founded in 2014, Octopus Healthcare owned Rangeford Holdings specialise in new villages and environments for people over the age of 55, developing both their own projects and arranging and providing funding for third parties.

At present the portfolio stands at 2 Retirement Villages with one further in the pipeline.


  • Ownership:Octopus Healthcare / PE Backed
  • Positions:Chief Executive Officer
    Finance Director
  • Sector Specialism:Retirement Living
  • Mandate:2x Board Hires
  • Turnover:£0-50m
  • Founded:2014

Reason and Purpose

Octopus Healthcare have employed an ambitious 5 year growth strategy for Rangeford, and as a result were looking to appoint an executive search organisation with the market knowledge and reach to secure two key Board members, as well support and advise on best practice and suitability for business and investment requirements.

Why Compass Executives?

Initial discussions were held with a number of UK and global executive search firms with a view of selecting one that demonstrated industry knowledge, a UK-wide reach, and the capability to fully understand the brief.

Compass Executives evidenced success in the key objectives alongside a track record of placing top talent into leadership roles, coupled with providing expert advice in terms of framing the roles and positioning the opportunity to attract the highest quality candidates.

Search process / methodology

Compass Executives provided a retained executive search process, which from initial briefing through to the offer being extended to both the Chief Executive and Finance Director candidates completed in under 8 weeks.


Two market-leading board level hires which set the foundation for Rangeford and Octopus Healthcare to see significant growth within the retirement living sector were completed.

Client viewpoint

Compass Executives provided an excellent service to Octopus Healthcare in our recent executive search for both a CEO and FD for our Rangeford retirement communities business.

Compass offered a comprehensive package including expert advice and sector insight in framing the job roles and positioning the opportunity to attract an impressive field of candidates. In an incredibly competitive sector for the best talent Compass were able to bring the very best candidates to Rangeford and supported Octopus as an investor throughout the appointment and on boarding process.

We are really ambitious for Rangeford and need the very best talent to optimise our investment and build the vision of an aspirational experience for customers; we believe with that with the help of Compass that we have attracted a new executive team that is second to none in the retirement community space.

Kevin Beirne | Investment Director | Octopus Healthcare

Candidate viewpoint

Working with Compass Executives on the Chief Executive Officer role for Rangeford was an enjoyable experience from start to finish. At each stage of the process they were professional, honest and highly communicative which created a positive impression of both Compass and Rangeford.

Luke Osborne in particular was very quick to respond and update on progress and clear on the next steps. I found Compass to be a highly professional executive search organisation that understands the healthcare space intimately, which means when you talk to them, they truly understand the candidate aspirations and skills and can match to the relevant assignment. This creates the right outcome for all parties and removes unnecessary time and stress from the process.

I would recommend them without hesitation.

Howard Nankivell | Chief Executive Officer | Rangeford Holdings