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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.

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

Our team of experienced bid writers 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 & Bid Writer

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.

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Amy Forshaw

Amy Forshaw BA (Hons)

Head of Sales & Marketing

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. Throughout his education he developed a keen interest in business and public sector procurement, which he explored further through studying industrial organisation, business competition and social policy.

Experience

Matthew joined the Executive Compass® team at the end of 2013 in the role of Bid Writer. He has since become the lead on health and social care, having managed successful bids for both fledgling SMEs and public limited companies with thousands of staff and patients.

Since joining the team, Matthew has taken responsibility alongside Managing Director, Neil Capstick, for quality control, progressing to the role of Quality and Special Projects Manager and ultimately to General Manager. Matthew provides support and guidance to the writing team while remaining closely involved in the bid writing process itself.

His expertise is not limited to health and social care and he has secured contract awards for clients from all industries. 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.

 

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John Bilcliffe

John Bilcliffe BA (Hons)

Lead Bid Manager

Background

John holds a degree in Business and Economics from Northumbria University, where he studied various business modules focusing on marketing, strategy and economics. John has always had a keen interest in business strategy, development and growth before realising his passion and aptitude for bid writing. He has been working at Executive Compass® since 2011 and has worked across all facets of the organisation from marketing through the general manager, finally settling in his current role as lead bid manager.

Experience

John joined the Executive Compass® team in 2011, firstly taking on the role of Head of Business Development and Marketing, before starting bid writing training in 2012. He has since become an expert in Health and Social Care submissions, as well as Construction and Facilities Management.

John works closely alongside Neil and Matthew with regards to internal quality assurance processes for the wider team and also has the additional responsibility of carrying out key and emerging market research by utilising a number of unique techniques especially developed by Executive Compass® for their clients, including pipeline and award notice monitoring.

His experience and expertise is demonstrated through his well-established client base which has been developed over the last 3 years of writing bids and tenders. He currently maintains an impressive 89% win rate across all sectors and also manages a retained client in the print management sector who caters towards housing associations.

In total he has secured over £1.9 billion worth of contracts for clients during his tenure with Executive Compass®.

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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 worked across a range of sectors providing PQQ and bid writing services and support. 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. He also works in the areas of health and social care and construction.

Tom manages a number of retained clients who bid regularly. His most significant project to date was the completion of a cleaning, grounds maintenance and estate management tender for his retained client. The bid was extensive, consisting of 28 uncapped questions asking a wide range of questions over a large range of areas. The client achieved a total score of 92% and received praise from the contracting authority who stated that the submission was one of the best they received during the process.

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.

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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. Complimenting 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 worked on bids in various sectors ranging from social care and printing, to debt collection, asbestos management and electrical maintenance. Moving forward, he intends to specialise in asbestos management bids, ‘encapsulating’ his knowledge of a broad array of sectors.

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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 for two years, 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 is currently working on various PQQs and ITTs under the supervision of the bid team. He has experience within sectors such as printing, electrical engineering and construction.

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Charlotte_Hilliard

Charlotte Hilliard BA (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Charlotte has a first class 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 number 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 writing experience. She is currently focusing on writing PQQs and tenders under the supervision of the expert bid team.

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