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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

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 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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Ryan Noble

Ryan Noble CEng IMechE

Management Consultant

Background

As a Chartered Engineer with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ryan has experience as a senior manager in the oil and gas, renewables and offshore / subsea sectors. He has a wealth of experience in project management, HSQE management and change management, including implementation of bespoke quality management systems, HSE management systems and delivering cultural change programmes.

Prior to joining Executive Compass, Ryan held the position of head of HSQE and supply chain at a market-leading subsea engineering company, managing the design, upgrade and launch of key business systems to achieve successful accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards.

In addition to being a Chartered Engineer, Ryan is a STEM ambassador and mentor, holds a postgraduate Certificate in Executive Management, NEBOSH General Certificate, APMP Project Management Qualification (PMQ) and SixSigma Black Belt, providing an excellent balance between professional qualifications and practical experience.

Experience

Ryan heads up the Business Improvement Services division of Executive Compass, delivering the following services to our clients:

  • Quality Management
  • Health & Safety Management
  • Risk Management
  • Cost Reduction
  • Supply Chain
  • Operational Management
  • Lean Processes
  • Process Mapping

For more information please visit https://consultancy.executivecompass.co.uk/

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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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Sam

Sam Baker MA

Bid Manager

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, and manages the team of bid writers.

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)

Client Relationship 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.

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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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.

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Callum Boyd

Callum Boyd

Bid Coordinator

Background

Callum graduated from Newcastle College in 2012 with an FdA (foundation degree) in Animation and Illustration, specialising in 2D animation and motion graphics. From there he worked with numerous global clients on a variety of projects ranging from construction, biology and science to health and finance.

Callum is a keen blogger, mainly covering artistic and design events, and he has also been involved in proofreading and editing CVs and cover letters.

Experience

Callum joined the Executive Compass team in 2018 to support the bid writers, helping to co-ordinate and write a range of SQ, PQQ and tender documents. He primarily works on one of Executive Compass’s key accounts, a national lift maintenance company.

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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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