Meet the Team



Sam Leighton-Smith, BA (Hons), LLB

Director | C-suite, Board, Private Equity

Sam is the Founding Director of Compass Executives. 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.

Luke Osborne, BSc (Hons)

Director | Executive Level Appointments & Healthcare Advisory Services

Luke is a Director 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 Holding Group in 2015, Luke has a wealth of specialist knowledge and a first-class track record of delivery.

Ben Westcott, BA (Hons)

Director | Private Healthcare

Ben is a Director at Compass Executives, with a versatile background which covers Board-level placements across a multitude of sectors including Veterinary, Elderly Care, Supported Living, Mental Health and Private Acute markets. He has quickly established himself as one of the most reputable executive search consultants in the industry evidenced by candidate and client feedback.

Kieran Mouser, BA (Hons)

Senior Associate | Finance & IT Practice

Kieran is a Senior Associate within the Finance & IT Practice at Compass Executives. With a background in delivering senior Finance professionals within the Private Equity backed and Privately Owned industries, Kieran has completed a number of impressive CFO and FD appointments in recent months.

Abigail Hobden-Bada, LLB (Hons)

Head of Practice | Not For Profit Sector

Abigail is Head of Practice for the Not For Profit Sector at Compass Executives. Partnering with our key sector verticals of health, social care and social impact, Abigail advises and builds leadership teams for a diverse portfolio of clients across the charity space (CEO, Trustee and broader C-suite assignments).

Sam Faulkner, BA (Hons)

Head of Practice | Global Life Sciences

Sam is the Head of Practice | Global Life Sciences at Compass Executives. In recent years Sam has had a special interest in Clinical Development, Medical Affairs & Commercial roles, enabling him to really map out talent who are both actively and passively searching for their next opportunity.

Andra Parvu, BSc. (Hons), MSc

Executive Researcher

Andra is an Executive Researcher at Compass Executives. Primarily responsible for supporting Luke, Abigail and Kieran with market-mapping, candidate identification and head-hunting, Andra has quickly established herself as a key member of the team.

Rachel Carrick, BA (Hons)

Executive Researcher

Rachel is the most recent addition to the Research team at Compass Executives. Her day-to-day work includes supporting Sam and Ben with market-mapping, candidate identification and head-hunting based on the requirements from the brief.

David Bland, BA (Hons), ACIM

Head of Marketing and Communications

David is Head of Marketing and Communications at Compass Executives. Having joined in 2016, he is responsible for all aspects of the marketing strategy, day-to-day internal and external communications and brand awareness for the Executives team, as well as full marketing ownership for sister companies Compass Associates, Compass Corporate Services and Compass Life Sciences.

Pete Alexander

Non-Executive Director

Pete is a Non-Executive Director at Compass Executives. As a Partner at Digital executive search firm, Up Group, and previously a Senior Consultant at Skill Capital, Pete has had exposure to the Venture Capital and Private Equity markets. Given his background, Pete is actively involved in guiding Compass Executives’ strategic direction.

Marcus Wilson

Non-Executive Director

Marcus is a Non-Executive Director at Compass Executives. With more than 30 years of experience to Compass Executives, he has particular expertise in finance, large business enterprise and growth aspiration organisations.