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Compass Executives wins Recruiter of the Year at HealthInvestor Awards 2021

23 Sep 2021

Compass Executives are delighted to announce that we have won the “Recruiter of the Year” Award at the HealthInvestor Awards 2021, as part of Compass Holding Group.

The Awards are widely considered to be the leading industry calendar event of the year. This is due to the recognition it provides, as well as celebrating and highlighting the best talent within the independent health and social care industry.

We are incredibly proud to have won this award for the third time out of the four occasions we have been nominated. This award comes after much hard work from across the entire business within our offices in London, Portsmouth and Manchester.

HealthInvestor Awards 2021 Compass Executives Team
The Compass Executive Team who were present at the HealthInvestor Awards 2021 ceremony

Feedback from the HealthInvestor Awards 2021 judge panel

The HealthInvestor Awards judges panel is made up of 10 people. All of which are prestigious figures within the independent health and social care industry who left no stone untouched in their due diligence.

The judges gave the following feedback on their reasons for selecting Compass Holding Group as the winning finalist.

“Compass not only demonstrates a successful business model, but its breadth, scale, and most significantly its success rate clearly sets it apart from the others in this category.”


“The breadth and range of Compass Holding Group’s services is impressive. The longevity of its clients and the level of its repeat business is excellent. The number and size of projects completed for high-profile names is impressive.”


“The leading provider impresses again with nearly 1,000 placements during the year including major repositioning roles to support a number of established provider’s growth under new ownership.”

Founder & Director, Sam Leighton-Smith commented on the winning result:

“For Compass Holding Group to be recognised previously (2017 and 2019) by such prominent figures within the industry was always an honour. However, to be recognised during the year of Covid-19 as a recruitment solutions partner for so many businesses delivering critical care to those that were vulnerable is an even greater recognition.

“It is a testament to our improving standards and levels of service and this would not be possible without the graft, dedication and excellence of our staff. We are incredibly proud and will support the sector to the best of our capabilities in the future.” 

The Compass Holding Group partner brands

Since we last entered these awards, the Compass Holding Group partner brands have grown from three to four, with our newest addition, Compass Life Sciences. Our Compass Holding Group brands offering currently consist of the following:

  • Compass Associates – responsible for contingency, advertised search, RPO and master vendorship solutions for clinical and non-clinical vacancies, from service manager through to SMT level personnel.
  • Compass Executives – experts in C-suite search and selection function, catering for Private Equity, Independent and 3rd Sectors, with the focus solely on executive level positions driving health, social care and education organisations forward.
  • Compass Corporate Services – established in 2016 in response to clients’ increased demands for a recruitment firm with specific knowledge of central function recruitment in tandem with sector knowledge across HR, Finance and Accounting, and Marketing.
  • Compass Life Sciences – Differentiated by quality and knowledge, Compass Life Sciences has been born out of the desire to raise the standards of Life Sciences recruitment in the UK and Global markets.

HealthInvestor Awards 2021 presentation

Compass Executives Silver Sponsor / Private Equity of the Year Award Sponsor update

Compass Executives are also once again proud to have been a Silver Sponsor of the awards, for the fourth year running, and to have also sponsored the Private Equity of the Year Award. We would like to congratulate independent health investment firm, Apposite Capital, for winning this category.

Final word of support

After the last 18 months of turbulence caused by the pandemic, it was fantastic to be able to attend this event in-person and see many old and new faces. We would like to also thank everyone who supported us and wish to extend congratulations to all other finalists. The team are looking forward to attending more events in-person in the future.

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