Compass Associates


Compass Associates is an award-winning recruitment consultancy focussing on the independent children’s residential services, specialist education and nursery sectors. Since its creation in 2009, Compass Associates has developed into the UK’s market-leading recruitment organisation within its industry expertise. 

Why Compass Associates? 

Compass Associates is an award-winning specialist recruitment provider for the independent children’s residential services, specialist education and nursery sectors, recognised at a number of industry events in recent years. Specialising in mid to senior-level permanent hires, Compass Associates is the largest specialist provider of talent and ‘hard to fill’ roles to the independent markets.  

Our specialist teams cover senior assignments within children’s nurseries, with typical assignments ranging from senior management through to director-level positions. In 2022 alone, our team of dedicated consultants achieved a 98% candidate interview attendance record. These placements included Nursery Manager, Regional Manager, Head of Nurseries, Director of Operations & Managing Director positions.  

Consultants within our dedicated team have worked for Compass Associates for over seven years and have played a key part in the development of our expertise. Priding themselves on delivering a consultative service for both clients and candidates with attention to detail, transparency, and delivery of service to honour repeat business. With offices located in both Portsmouth and Manchester, our teams can often be found visiting clients and candidates to ensure they fully understand your requirements. 

To find out more about Compass Associates, visit our website  or call us below.

023 9238 4555
Sam Leighton-Smith
Sam Leighton-Smith Group Managing Director

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Matt Sheppard
Matt Sheppard Principal Consultant

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