Meet the Compass Executives team

Our Team

Sam Leighton-Smith, BA (Hons), LLB


Experience: 10 years +

Sam is a founding partner and current Director of Compass Associates which was established in 2010. They have grown to become the largest UK provider of permanent staff to both the private and third sector.

To separate its service offering, its sister company Compass Executives was formed in 2011 to focus solely on senior executive and non executive appointments within the independent healthcare industry. Sam heads this up with the assistance of his experienced team and has a comprehensive understanding of today’s sector. Clients range from large corporate healthcare providers to owner managed enterprises.

Sam holds a Law and Politics degree BA (Hons), LLB from the University of Kent as well as additional qualifications in the practice of recruitment. In his spare time Sam enjoys all sports, travelling and has an active interest in current political and economic events.

To contact Sam please either call 02078 876115 or email

Luke Osborne, BSc (Hons)

Group Development Director

Experience: 5 years +

Luke brings a wealth of experience to Compass Executives with extensive knowledge within the Healthcare and Technology sectors.

Starting his career at Compass Associates, Luke led the Mental Health Hospitals arm of the business, providing Operations, Quality and Hospital Directors to large corporates, equity backed orgs and 3rd sectors.

Luke then spent 2 years working for an international technology search firm with a remit to establish and grow a practice within management consulting. Partnering blue chips such as Deloitte, PwC, IBM and McKinsey Luke delivered search solutions to expand their reach across the Europe and Middle Eastern markets. Luke specialised in the placement of Director and Partner level hires on refined search criteria from across the globe.

In April 2015, Luke joined Compass Executives as a Senior Associate to facilitate a period of growth and  the extra demand of services from our clients. He focuses on Chair, CXO and Senior Managers across the independent sector (Private / NFP’s / VC’s and PE Houses).

Luke graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and outside of work enjoys playing rugby (15’s / 7’s), is an armchair fan of most sports and frequently spends time skiing in the winter.

To contact Luke please call 02078 876115 or email

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Ben Westcott, BA (Hons)

Senior Associate

Experience: 5 years +

For Ben, Executive Search runs in the blood. His father owned a successful practice and Ben has utilised this knowledge to build a similar career path.

Ben has a track record successfully partnering leading Health and Social care brands on business critical appointments developing a reputation for the service quality he provides both clients and candidates.

He has delivered board level assignments across Private Acute Hospitals, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Elderly, Children’s Services and Veterinary. Ben has partnered multinational blue chip clients as well as a number of Health and Social Care providers in the UK Independent Sector.

Ben focuses on CXO and Senior Management assignments with particular focus on Operations, Commercial and Clinical mandates.

Ben graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Business from Nottingham Trent University and outside work, life revolves around sport (wife permitting!). Golf, squash and football take centre stage and with a slight addiction to Sunderland AFC, Ben is well versed in life’s ups and downs!

To contact Ben, please call 02078 876115 or email


Rebecca Taylor

Lead Resourcer

Experience: 10 years +

Rebecca has over 10 years’ recruitment experience, specifically dedicated to candidate management and assessment. Offering a wealth of knowledge and insight into the Healthcare market, Rebecca is an advocate for providing candidates with not only an exceptional and professional service but a friendly approach to career change and progression.

Prior to joining Compass Executives, Rebecca spent 6 years’ recruiting into the NHS and Public Sector organisations, providing both Frontline Staff and Senior Management professionals, across a number of specialisms including, Clinical Services and Governance, Estates and Facilities, Strategy and Change, Human Resources and Finance.

As Lead Resourcer for Compass Executives, Rebecca is primarily responsible for forging and maintaining professional relationships with senior management teams and executives, along with being actively involved with research, market mapping and instrumental to the growth and success of the business.

Please contact Rebecca on 0161 667 6557 or by email on

David Bland, BA (Hons)

Communications Executive

Experience: 5 years +

David graduated from the University of Reading with a joint honours degree in French and International Relations, and it is his passion for languages and communication which has led him into a career in marketing.

He is responsible for the design, implementation and review of all internal and external communications, advertising, events coordination, PR and marketing activities at Compass Executives. This includes; content, digital, niche, cross-media, video and relationship marketing campaigns, as well as ownership of the social media accounts. Given the nature of executive search, this involves both B2B and niche B2C audiences.

Starting his career as a Financial Markets Technology Consultant, David delivered recruitment solutions into some of the most prestigious Investment institutions in the world. It was this experience over three years which gave David a unique understanding of both Client and Candidate requirements from a marketing perspective.

Outside of work, David can be found completing his latest CIM certification, following his favourite cricket and rugby teams, listening to the latest digitally re-mastered Led Zeppelin album, or planning his next trip abroad.

To contact David, please call 0207 8876 115 or email

Pete Alexander

Non-Executive Director

Experience: 10 years +

Pete has over ten years of experience working in executive search.

After graduating with a BA Joint Honours in English and Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, he spent five years working at Skillcapital, an executive search firm focused on the European private equity space. During his time with Skillcapital, he worked with a range of UK and international clients and placed Chief Executives and Chairmen into private equity-backed businesses across the retail, leisure, FMCG and eCommerce sectors.

In 2011, Pete joined The Up Group, a market leading search firm working across the digital and technology sectors with many clients looking to invest in the “e-health” and “m-health” markets. Pete has worked with a range of clients from start-up through to corporate and tends to focus on CxO / general management roles, whilst also building out a strong track record across product and technology. He also retains an active interest in the private equity / venture capital space and works with a number of firms across the European market.

Pete’s primary input into Compass Executives centres around “new board” assignments, start up buy and build models and emerging markets. Pete also has an active role in company strategy and direction.

Marcus Wilson

Non-Executive Director

Experience: 30 years +

Marcus brings over 30 years of experience to Compass Executives with particular expertise in finance, large business enterprise and growth aspiration organisations.

A qualified accountant, Marcus is a previous MD of a Pan-European business and latterly the CFO and then President of Pall Corporation, a $2.5Billion Fortune 500 US public company spanning 100 locations and 12,000 people.

In recent times Marcus has utilised his strategic experience and financial acumen to advise small and medium enterprises who were failing, and has led the successful turnaround of many operations that were destined to collapse. Having worked with and nurtured many personnel Marcus is perfectly placed to identify people’s strengths and weaknesses and guide clients who are looking to make crucial board appointments.

Marcus is a keen sportsman with particular interests in golf, rugby and tennis. In his spare time Marcus likes to travel and embark on sailing excursions.