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Executive Compass® Business Consultants was formed in 2009. Since then, we have achieved unparalleled success in assisting our clients to win public and private sector contracts in order to assist in growing their businesses.

Bid Writing Consultants

We are UKAS ISO 9001:2008 certified professional bid writing consultants, providing our clients with the highest quality PQQ, tender writing and bid management services throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally.

Bid Consultants

Our team of experienced bid writing consultants are able to write for any industry, and work with owner-managed businesses, SMEs and large multi-national companies.

All of our writers have in-depth knowledge of the requirements and the demands of tender writing and bid management, and are always fully informed and up-to-date with the latest laws and legislation which may affect the procurement process. We do not use freelancers. We directly employ all of our bid writers for added security and quality management – giving you the peace of mind that your project is being managed properly.

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Neil Capstick

Neil Capstick MBA , MA, CMgr

Managing Director

Background

Neil is a MBA qualified management professional with many years of bid writing and managerial experience. His MBA is complemented by his status as a Chartered Manager, awarded for managing change and leading people. He has managed at senior levels with both SME and Blue Chip Companies. Neil also holds an MSc in business research methods and is fully trained in value management techniques.

Experience

Neil has an incredible depth and breadth of experience and has written PQQs and tenders for a broad range of services across the whole of the UK. Through working across so many industries Neil is able to bring a wealth of experience in not only writing but also directing the bid process itself. Neil is justifiably proud of his exceedingly high success rate in submitting PQQ’s across a broad range of industries.

Neil was the founder of Executive Compass and continues to drive and evolve the company to deliver unique bid quality.

In 2016 Neil became an IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor.

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Amy Forshaw

Amy Forshaw BA (Hons)

Sales and Marketing Director

Background

Amy graduated from Northumbria University in 2012 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Business with Marketing, which covered a variety of business modules such as: strategy, finance, consumer buying behaviour and brand loyalty.

Amy has a passion for online marketing and the consumer relationship. Her previous experience with the marketing and communications team for Durham County Council saw her work on numerous strategic marketing campaigns and develop many transferable skills for this role.

Experience

Amy joined the Executive Compass team in April 2014 as Head of Marketing and is responsible for a range of marketing efforts including: online marketing and PR, customer relationship management (CRM), lead generation and social media management. In 2015, she also took on the role of managing sales for Executive Compass and deals with all new clients and enquiries.

Recently, Amy has project managed the new website and SEO strategy for Executive Compass alongside recent expansion.

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Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker BA (Hons)

General Manager

Background

Matthew holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Economics from Durham University, specialising in economics of social policy, industrial organisation and business competition.

Experience

Matthew joined the Executive Compass team at the end of 2013 in the role of Bid Writer. He has since progressed to the role of General Manager, holding responsibility alongside Managing Director Neil Capstick for quality control. Matthew provides support and guidance to the writing team while remaining closely involved in the bid writing process itself.

As the head of the Executive Compass training division, Matthew has created and developed our CPD-certified training courses, delivered to over 150 delegates per year. He works with companies who are new to tendering and those with large bid teams to help improve their systems and processes, leading to improved success rates.

Matthew is the lead for health and social care, regularly managing successful bids for both fledgling SMEs and public limited companies with thousands of staff and service users. However, his expertise is not limited to health and social care and he has secured contract awards for clients working in all industries.

Notable successes

Notable achievements include acting as the Bid Manager for a retained client who has been awarded places on national frameworks and doubled their turnover via tender wins, and managing the whole bid process to help a newly-formed provider start working in the public sector and secure contracts with 16 public bodies.

Contract values for bids that Matthew has worked on amount to over a billion pounds. Particularly interesting projects include tenders for prison-based rehabilitation services, legal aid and solar photovoltaic arrays. Recent wins include oral surgery, asbestos consultancy and a large supported living contract.

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Tom

Tom Sheppard LLB (Hons) Exempting

Bid Writer

Background

Tom holds a degree in Law from Northumbria University, where he studied a variety of subjects, focusing mainly on the areas of criminal law and human rights and civil liberties. Previously he worked within a legal aid law firm for over six years, submitting legal representations for clients. Tom has a passion for client care, attention to detail and a pro-active case management style, and has used and developed these skills further in his current position.

Experience

Having joined the Executive Compass team in January 2014 in the role of Bid Writer, Tom has since worked on over 300 submissions, including both PQQs and tenders. He also completes successful CHAS applications and drafts supporting policies for clients.

Tom assists a wide range of clients spanning across all industries. He also manages two retained clients, testament to his ability to consistently secure contract awards. His areas of experience include cleaning and grounds maintenance, transport services, windows and door maintenance and the installation of gas and electric central heating systems.

Notable successes

  • £2 million ESPO gardening services framework
  • £2 million ESPO cleaning services framework
  • £67 million Fusion21 lift maintenance and repair framework
  • £30 million NEUPC lift maintenance and repair framework
  • £2 million non-emergency patient transport contract
  • £150,000 electric storage heating installation contract
  • £150,000 million central heating system installation contract
  • £1 million window and door replacement contract
  • £80 million energy efficiency framework.

In 2014, Tom achieved his IOSH Managing Safely qualification, providing him with additional health and safety knowledge to aid in the completion of tenders and PQQs. This knowledge was strengthened by his achievement of a Distinction in the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety in 2017. He also completed an IRCA-Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor (BSI) in August 2016, enhancing his knowledge and understanding of quality management systems.

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Elliott Cook

Elliott Cook BA (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Elliott has a degree in English language and literature from the University of Sunderland, which focused on analysing text, considering multiple critical perspectives and articulating findings accordingly. Following this, he then went on to graduate from the University of Northumbria with a PGCE in Primary Education in 2011.

Drawing upon the skills accrued during his time as a primary school teacher, Elliott uses his attention to detail to consider multiple perspectives in responses to provide detailed analyses of bid and PQQ requirements. Complementing this with his expertise in English language and literature, he takes full advantage of his writing skills to complete and offer support in both PQQ and tender writing across many sectors.

Outside of the office, Elliott practices both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, being a black belt in the former and a purple belt in the latter.

Experience

Since joining Executive Compass in 2015, Elliott has written bids in various sectors ranging from social care and printing, to debt collection, asbestos management and electrical maintenance. In 2016, Elliott became an IRCA-Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor, enabling him to increase his knowledge of quality assurance from a strategic and operational perspective.

Notable successes

  • Successfully gaining a position on a Fusion 21 framework for a modular buildings client
  • Winning a speech and language therapists contract in Cheshire worth a total value of £740,000
  • Holding a 100% win ratio for a client since May 2016 over a large number of projects
  • Securing a West Midlands NHS trust patient transport contract worth £2 million.

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Sam

Sam Baker MA

Bid Writer

Background

Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from Newcastle University and a 1st Class Masters in Museum and Heritage Management from Northumbria University, the latter focusing on third sector organisational structure and the repatriation of cultural artefacts. He previously worked within academic publishing, where his role involved commissioning new titles and liaising with authors throughout the writing and publication process.

Experience

Sam joined Executive Compass in 2015 as a bid writer, and has come to specialise in sectors including printing, hard facilities management services and construction. Sam manages the accounts of two retained clients who bid regularly, alongside delivering projects for clients across all sectors.

Notable successes

  • A contract to maintain air conditioning systems for The Environment Agency
  • An NHS recruitment contract, tendered through the London Procurement Partnership
  • A health and social care framework within a central London borough council
  • A legal services contract for a North West-based solicitors firm
  • Over 15 contracts for the delivery of design, print and mailing services for social housing organisations.

In 2016 Sam became an IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor. Additionally, he obtained a NEBOSH General Certificate in May 2017, and supplements this with knowledge gained from ongoing research into workplace health and safety, which he passes on to the bid writing team.

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Charlotte Hilliard BA (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Charlotte has a 1st Class Honours degree in History from Newcastle University, including modules in Ancient History and Creative Writing. After graduating University, Charlotte worked for an online training provider on a wide range of writing and editing tasks. Her degree, along with her work experience, has provided her with transferrable skills including excellent attention to detail and creative writing.

Experience

Charlotte joined Executive Compass in 2015 as a bid writer. Through her employment she has further developed her experience providing bid writing and management services, working on numerous submissions across a range of different industries. She has successfully completed PQQs and tenders for clients working in health and social care, catering, software provision, engineering and construction. Areas of specialisms include completing research into different topics and new industries, as well as writing and editing high-quality material.

Notable successes

  • £150 million recruitment advertising services
  • £36 million carriageway surfacing contract
  • Outcome-based homecare services
  • Enhanced homecare services
  • Helping people live at home and extra care support service

In 2016, Charlotte achieved her IRCA-Certified ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor (BSI) qualification, providing her with additional knowledge and skills in environmental management.

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Stephen

Stephen Kennett BEng (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cardiff University, where he developed a keen interest in the built environment and collaborative working. Prior to joining Executive Compass he worked as a technical writer and business-to-business journalist spending over 12 years working across weekly, monthly and online titles where he focussed on the construction, engineering, energy and sustainability sectors. Most recently he spent four years as a community manager for an online collaboration platform helping leading businesses cut costs, reduce risks and drive innovation throughout their supply chains.

Experience

Stephen joined Executive Compass in 2016 as a bid writer providing writing and management services for PQQs, tenders and grant funding.

Notable successes

Successful submissions have been completed across many industries, including health and social care, construction and facilities management. These include bids submitted to Transport for London, A2Dominion Housing Group, London and Quadrant Housing Trust, as well as London borough councils including Tower Hamlets, Enfield, Brent and Croydon, Surrey County Council and Leicester City Council. In 2016, Stephen completed the ‘Implementation of ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 (BSI)’ course.

 

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Christian Rowe

Christian Rowe BA (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Christian has a degree in Economics and Public Policy. He studied at Leeds Business School, part of Leeds Beckett University. During a successful 20-year career in recruitment, he has gained extensive experience working across a wide variety of industries and sectors.

Christian has designed and implemented complex solutions to meet clients’ bespoke recruitment needs. He is experienced in both the analysis of requirements and the implementation of strategic recruitment plans. Working as part of a senior management team, he held many areas of responsibility including identifying and implementing business improvement initiatives. Christian has worked across the UK for several years, travelling extensively and building effective long term partnerships.

Away from the office, Christian enjoys playing cricket in the Northumberland Cricket League.

Experience

Christian joined Executive Compass in 2016 as a bid writer and has experience across a wide variety of sectors and industries including health and social care, facilities management and construction.

Notable successes

  • £5 million Crown Commercial Services contract
  • £4 million domiciliary care
  • £3.5 million supported living
  • £1 million Public sector interpretation and translation service contract
  • £0.75 million Grounds maintenance works
  • £0.5 million Glazing installation services

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Sarah Cole

Sarah Cole

Administrator

Background

Sarah has 10 years’ experience in administration, most recently working as a legal secretary.

 

Experience

Sarah joined the Executive Compass team in 2017 to support Amy with marketing and admin tasks, including all social media channels for the company.

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