Reassuring our clients


Top appointments transform organisations. Selecting the right Executive Search firm is essential.

A formidable new Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer, often brings fresh ideas and can herald a completely new phase for an organisation, its shareholders and employees.

At Compass Executives we are acutely aware that what we do really matters. Our experience of delivering at the absolute top level, and strong principles enable us to provide a thoroughly discrete and wholly professional service to both Clients and Candidates. Permanent or interim appointments, we bring a level of expertise, and track record, unmatched by any other health or social care Executive Search firm.

Clients frequently approach us when their organisations are undergoing rapid transformation. We aim to guide our Clients towards appointments that will provide confidence and lasting value. Expertise and focus are critical – we thoroughly understand our industry as well as the differing needs of both the Private Sector and Not For Profit Sector. We have a record of making appointments which last and add value.

Selecting the best is a matter of judgment. Clients get the best results from an Executive Search firm whose values they share. Search requires skill, expertise, knowledge and determination, in addition to the highest standards of professionalism.

In June 2019 we were awarded the prestigious accolade of Recruiter of the Year at the HealthInvestor Awards, matching the same success in 2017, which recognises excellence in the health and social care sectors. This Award was judged by an independent panel of experts who deemed our services to be “outstanding”, recognising our niche expertise of working solely in the health and social care space.


Headhunting / Search

When confidentiality is vital, we use our powerful UK-wide network – in addition to our quality, updated and GDPR compliant database – to identify and approach potential candidates discreetly.

Our dedicated Research team is responsible for creatively sourcing the top talent across the health, social care and specialist education industries across both the Private Sector, and Not For Profit Sector. There is a depth of talent that goes beyond the usual ‘Google page 1 search’ results, and thanks to our unique offering of having sister company Compass Associates supplying key market data, ensures we leave no stone unturned in the search for the best.

The key to a successful appointment is understanding the client’s needs in detail and the expectations, team dynamics and company culture. We invest time with our clients to ensure that we are clear on the current and future requirements prior to sourcing.

We will interview all candidates and compile detailed notes in tandem with psychometric testing to produce a first class shortlist of talented candidates.


Non-Executive Directors

Value-add is often at its greatest when appointing Non-Executive Directors: you will struggle to find a better example of recruitment as an investment. Whilst the focus is often on corporate governance or operational issues, this is really a critical commercial decision. NED’s add commercial wisdom independent from day to day operations and concerns.

Compass Executives maintains a comprehensive database of Non-Executive Directors available across the UK, coupled with each Consultant’s unique personal network. They range from current and former CEO’s, Chairs and entrepreneurs with commercial pedigree.

Many of these business leaders have succeeded in realising major capital gain in Private Equity environments or have been with major business successes, therefore they are in great demand across the industry for their knowhow and results.

The Not For Profit Sector Practice has a Trustee Bank: this is a free service where we pair Not For Profit businesses with Trustees with a specific area of expertise, such as: Quality; Finance; Compliance; Governance; Culture, and large-scale Leadership, based on our understanding of both Client and Trustee requirements. For more information, please contact Abigail Hobden-Bada.


Board-Advisory Services

We are often brought in by Clients to provide strategic consultation in relation to board restructuring, new service set up or salary bench-marking. We use psychometric tests and in-depth interviews with team members to identify strengths and weaknesses, identifying opportunities to develop people and gaps where new talent is required.

We also hold up-to-date data around remuneration analytics, where companies are looking to incentivise, retain staff or professionalise their operations. This is also useful in an executive capacity especially for NewCos.

Each consultancy project is a bespoke service tailored to the client’s specific needs and timescales to which they will look to implement change. To find out more, please contact Luke Osborne.


Deal Origination

Utilising our database and our sister company, Compass Associates’, contacts, we are often brought in by Clients to assist with their potential acquisitions.

Compass Associates is the largest provider of staff to the Private Sector, and work with the largest cross-section of Clients, all data; financial; and personnel, is stored on our GDPR compliant database. This valuable insight into the workings and ambitions of SMEs, family-owned and privately-backed businesses often results in us advising, in particular Private Equity Houses, those that could be potentially good acquisitions that would add real value.

For more information around Deal Origination, please contact Sam Leighton-Smith.


Talent Spotting

In addition to targeted searches, we provide a ‘talent spotting service’. Utilising our industry knowledge, our network of contacts and database we are able to introduce like minded talented individuals. This is typical for PE Houses and VC’s who may well be looking to invest in a NewCo, have new funds or are in acquisition mode and require a certain type of person to facilitate this.

This type of facility can also, and often apply to established clients looking for mid-level managerial positions as a follow up or in conjunction with successful retained executive assignments.

Compass Executives has a unique advantage over its competitors as we have access to the data and personnel of tomorrow’s leaders. Our sister company Compass Associates is the UK leader in providing permanent staff to the independent sector. Working across all specialisms from ground floor through to senior managers with contacts ranging from regional operators through to executives we are well placed to ensure that we can reach existing and next generation talent in addition to traditional search methodology.



Facilitating Board appointments requires the utmost attention to detail – including background checks and references of the incumbent – so as to ensure the right candidate is appointed first time, every time.

As part of our process, we provide a dedicated reference service that is designed to complement and add value to our core search. Every candidate is the subject of a reference check that includes:

  • Speaking formally to named referees;
  • Speaking informally to unnamed referees and business contacts that we have identified using our extensive internal database and high-end network;
  • The reference is summarised and included in the synopsis that clients receive for each candidate. It provides an additional insight into the candidate’s management style and capability that is not always possible to uncover at interview. It also sheds a beneficial light on candidates’ personal attributes, acumen and character.

Advertised Selection

When candidates are in short supply or clients would like to diversify their approach then Compass Executives will put together a tailored media campaign to maximise reach.

Our adverts are easily recognisable, regularly seen in publications such as The Sunday Times, The Guardian and various healthcare publications where we have established, market-leading affiliate relationships, including HealthInvestor and LaingBuisson.

To be sure that your position is seen by the widest possible and relevant audience we will advise you on the best print or digital mediums to reach this talent, as well as collaborate with you based on specific requirements you might have.

Advertised Selection, coupled with search through both our database and network produces excellent results every time.