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About Us

Executive Compass® 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 UKAS ISO 9001:2015 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.

Executive Compass Team

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Neil Capstick

Neil Capstick MBA , MSc, CMgr

Founder

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

In 2019 Neil was awarded a PgCert in business research methods from Heriot-Watt University.

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Christian Rowe

Christian Rowe BA (Hons)

Managing Director

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. In 2018 Christian was appointed as Client Relationship Director and is responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction, and developing partnerships with new and existing clients.

In 2020 Christian stepped into the role of MD of Executive Compass.

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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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 all sales and marketing activities. This has included implementing a new website, a new SEO strategy, various PR and advertising campaigns, securing new business and supporting the company’s expansion over the past few years.

In 2017 Amy was appointed as Sales and Marketing Director and has responsibility for all commercial matters for Executive Compass.

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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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Peter McBride

Peter McBride BA (Hons)

Technical Editor

Background

With a BA in Business & Finance, Peter has over 15 years’ experience as a senior manager in healthcare products and services sector, managing commercial and bid teams. Prior to joining Executive Compass Peter held the position of National Contract Manager with a leading international provider of assistive technology , delivering products and service contracts for social services, housing associations and the NHS, before going on to manage sales teams with one of the UK’s best-known fire safety and security solutions providers, and a global manufacturer of lifts.

In addition Peter is a qualified engineer and worked extensively overseas, setting up manufacturing plants and service offices in Europe, South America and the Far East.

Experience

Peter also holds qualifications in patient handling (Hop6) and Health & Safety (NEBOSH). He has also managed sales, customer service and technical support teams, gaining a wealth of experience and a holistic approach to bid writing. His experience includes:

  • Commercial Management
  • Pre-Bid Management
  • Bid Writing
  • Contract Management
  • Customer Services Management
  • Technical & Service Management
  • Risk Assessment & Method Statements

Notable achievements include growing the public sector sales for an assistive technology and mobility equipment provider, securing over 85 contract awards, 25 contract re-awards, and improving the bid conversion rate to deliver growth from £5.6m to £12.6m over 4 years, and streamlining bid writing across the strategic business units – accessibility, mobility and patient handling.

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John Winder

John Winder HND

Bid Writer/Quality Reviewer

Background

John has had an established career within the contracting industry working for a main contractor and also for a specialist subcontractor. During his career John has gained in-depth experience of working with clients in sectors such as infrastructure, rail, social housing, local authorities, defence, utilities and health care.

His notable achievements include developing a support services provider to become a leading national supplier, based upon a business model of repeat sustainable custom and targeting specific individual opportunities.

Experience

With over 18 years’ experience as a senior manager, undertaking roles including bid writing, commercial management, estimating and proposals management, John has gained a wealth of experience in the preparation, production, review and negotiation of tenders and proposals. John also holds an HND (distinction) in Business.

John joined the Executive Compass team in 2019 and undertakes the dual role of bid writer and quality reviewer. He has so far been involved with submissions for commercial gas, domestic heating, lifts and professional services.

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Stephen

Stephen Kennett BEng (Hons)

Senior 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. Stephen manages a number of our high-profile retained clients in legal services, healthcare, construction and gas servicing.

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.

Stephen has completed the ‘Implementation of ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 (BSI)’ course and NEBOSH General Certificate.

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Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall BSc (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Mary holds a first-class Honours degree in Crime Science and a postgraduate diploma in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, both from Northumbria University. Mary has spent six years working as a researcher, designing and undertaking qualitative and quantitative research across a range of sectors. Most recently, Mary worked as a senior researcher delivering market research, primarily for the higher education sector.

Mary is an accomplished writer, and through her background in research has developed many transferrable skills of value to this role.

Experience

Mary joined the Executive Compass team in 2018 as a bid writer and has so far been involved in SQ and tender documents for a range of sectors, including: cleaning, minor works, gas servicing and social care. In 2019, Mary completed the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.

Notable successes

  • Two high-profile construction logistics management projects in London
  • Domestic violence advice and advocacy services for a London borough council
  • Asbestos management services for a school in the East Midlands
  • Supported living frameworks in Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire

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Joel Willmore

Joel Willmore BA (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Joel graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in German from Oxford University in 2018, studying modern and medieval literature, linguistics, and philosophy. Fluent in German, Joel spent his year abroad in the language services department of a global chemical company and continued to translate for the department remotely following graduation.

Experience

Joel joined Executive Compass as a bid writer in 2018, and has since been working on submissions in sectors including property maintenance, civil engineering and moving and handling products. Joel also manages the accounts of retained clients in the roofing sector and in HVAC and water treatment.

Notable successes

Contract wins have been achieved for clients in a variety of industries including:

  • Fire warden services for the property portfolio of a London borough council
  • A leading university’s £2 million office refurbishment framework, including award of the pilot project
  • CCS modular building framework for a national provider

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Kate Hull

Kate Hull BA (Hons), MSc

Bid Writer

Background

Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a 1st Class Master’s degree in Business with International Management, both from Northumbria University. As part of her Master’s degree, Kate undertook a consultancy programme working with some of the top businesses in the North East.

Experience

Kate joined Executive Compass in 2018 as a member of the graduate training programme and has so far been involved in the preparation of SQ and tender documents across a range of sectors, including: social care services, property maintenance, security services, branded merchandise and gas and electrical works.

Notable successes

  • A large construction logistics management project in London
  • CCS modular building framework for a national provider
  • An extra care framework in Cumbria
  • A structured cabling framework for the HMRC

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Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray BA (Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Newcastle University, and studied modules ranging from environmental economics to public policy. After graduation and before joining Executive Compass, Stephen spent over 9 years working as an estimator for a local manufacturer, which included reviewing and managing tender bids and costing schedules for numerous interior FF&E projects.

Experience

Stephen joined the team at Executive Compass in 2019 as a bid writer. He has been working on a variety of bids, including those for gas servicing, repairs and fit out, and printing services.

Notable successes

  • The design and construction of an extension to a manufacturing facility for a leading private engineering company
  • Large format printing and graphics framework for Gateshead Council

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Rianna Margione

Rianna Margione (BA Hons)

Bid Writer

Background

Rianna holds a 1st class Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Kent. As part of her degree, Rianna undertook a placement as a commercial manager for one of Marks and Spencer’s largest stores.

Experience

Rianna joined the Executive Compass team in 2019 as a bid writer and is working on a variety of SQ and tender documents.

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Craig Sutch

Craig Sutch BA (Hons), MA

Bid Writer

Background

Craig holds a 1st Class Honours degree in History and a Masters in Historical Studies, both from the University of Lincoln. Prior to joining Executive Compass, Craig completed a PGCE teaching history through the St George’s Academy SCITT.

Experience

Craig joined the Executive Compass team in 2019 as a bid writer and is working on a variety of SQ and tender documents.

Outside work, Craig enjoys playing sports, particularly football, and reading.

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Pedro Delanoe

Pedro Delanoe BA (Hons)

Bid Writer/Business Tender Reviewer

Background

Pedro holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. After graduation and before joining Executive Compass, Pedro spent over four years working as a procurement category manager for a world-leading company in the beer and soft drinks market, leading the implementation of a variety of new products in South America.

Experience

Pedro joined the team at Executive Compass in 2020 as a bid writer/business tender reviewer, working on a variety of projects in all sectors and industries.

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