Compass Executives is the dedicated search and advisory services offering within Compass Recruitment Solutions (CRS). Formed in 2011, Compass Executives was founded by the Directors in response to an ever-growing requirement for executive level talent in the investor backed health, care, education and life sciences sectors.

This entirely separate offering concentrates solely on executive level positions that drive organisations forward, including: CEO, CFO, COO, Chair, Trustee and Non-Executive Director roles.

Compass Executives work specifically in the healthcare, education and life sciences sectors, focusing on Board appointments from Chair and CXO, through to senior management within the sectors. We work with clients ranging from equity backed houses, privately owned enterprises and advisory services organisations, and have dedicated Practice’s with devoted Consultants assigned to each vertical.

Whilst our dedication to understanding our sector is of paramount importance our networks are enhanced by those from relevant and transferable market sectors.

Award-winning offering

Compass Executives are proud recipients of the Search firm of the year award at the 2022 HealthInvestor Awards in June 2022 – the first time the category had been introduced at this industry-leading ceremony. The team were quoted as being considered “Unquestionably the go-to search firm for senior appointments across investment-backed and privately-owned independent health, care and education sectors.”  Read the judges feedback here.

In 2017, 2019 and again in 2021 the team were awarded the prestigious accolade of Recruiter of the Year at the HealthInvestor Awards, where we were recognised for the value of our service in the health and social care space, as part of Compass Recruitment Solutions (CRS). In 2019, we were also awarded the Recruiter Award at the LaingBuisson Awards, again as part of CRS.

Working only in healthcare, education, social care and life sciences – the most personable of sectors – we realise that marrying the values and aspirations of our clients with the right individual is crucial. To secure the best talent transparency is key, our processes are based on a collaborative approach working in partnership with candidates and clients alike to add value to the sector in both the short and long term.

In sector expertise, out of sector network

Contributing to an industry that has a fundamental impact on everyone’s life is something we are proud to be associated with. Our expertise, knowledge and successful completed assignment track record cannot be beaten by any other executive search firm.

We have deliberately placed ourselves within our specialism in order to develop and maintain strong relationships in these specific sector spaces. Our clients know this is our 100% focus and rely on us for up to date industry insights, trends and concerns.

Having a 360° view point, although beneficial is only a springboard. Compass Executives are proudly immersed in the health and social care industry with up to date market intelligence, knowledge of M&A activity and current government legislation.

We are regular attendees at awards ceremonies, seminars and conferences where senior health and social care executives come together to discuss current sector concerns; and have also hosted several Round Tables addressing the key issues facing leaders in the sectors. View our forthcoming events here.


Our mission is to provide a modern, dynamic service which incorporates the following:

The highest industry standards; a robust process with sector-leading assessment; and the most precise and appropriate outcome that adds value to our clients.


Our vision is to be the industry's first thought when choosing an executive search consultancy to partner with.


Our values are the cornerstone of our success. We share commercially sensitive information that demands exceptional standards of integrity and discretion at all times.

Our clients will always receive a professional, collaborative and tailored approach.