Jon Burke (MREC)

Head of Development – Specialist Care

Jon's Bio

Jon joined Compass Associates in October 2012 gaining over 10 years’ experience within the Specialist Care sector.

He focuses on Senior Management ranging from Hospital Director, Director of Operations, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director roles within the Mental Health, Learning Disability, Neurological Care industries, often partnering exclusively with clients. Jon prides himself with relationships and connections he has built within the market, coupled with his dedication to complete hard-to-fill assignments enabling businesses to grow and achieve their goals.

Jon has a 100% interview attendance and puts emphasis on candidate and client honesty and satisfaction earning trust in a highly specialist setting.

Recent Assignments

  • Managing Director

    SARC - PE Provider

  • Group Director of Nursing

    Neurological Care - Investment Group

  • Medical Director

    Acute Mental Health - PE Provider

  • Medical Director

    SARC - PE Provider

  • Head of Mental Health Partnerships

    Digital Mental Health - PE Provider


Compass Associates have been extremely efficient and professional in finding my new role. The role is just what I was looking for and complemented my skills and experience perfectly.

Jon Burke was very supportive, understood my requirements and communicated well throughout the whole process.

I can’t praise and thank them enough!

Jackie Liveras, Interim Head of Operations

I was very impressed with my recent dealings with Compass Associates following a campaign to appoint a board level role.

Jon who was assigned to the project was outstanding. He provided a range of excellent candidates, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and in all fairness, most of them would have been appointable, which made it a tough choice in the end. So tough in fact that we ended up appointing two of the candidates for separate positions. Thanks to Jon’s negotiating skills both candidates accepted.

Once again Compass Associates have exceeded my expectations. Jon is a real asset, and it was a pleasure working with him throughout this project. I know I speak on behalf of our Director of HR and People who also found Jon’s professionalism and promptness to come back to us with queries and answers very helpful. He made the process appear effectless and seamless.

I wish to thank Jon and Compass Associates for their support and have already instructed them with other positions we have available. I look forward to continuing our relationship into the future.

Andrew Norman, Chief Executive Officer

Thank you very much to Jon and Compass Associates in helping me to successfully gain an offer for a Medical Director position. Jon carefully reviewed my CV, reviewed some of my key skills and experience and matched it to an employer that I would not have otherwise thought of. They have been supportive throughout the interview process and have always kept me up to date with the potential employer. I could not have been happier with the service.

Dr Mohammed Hashmi, Medical Director

Jon possesses a good knowledge and understanding of the health sector and works with a wide network of well-qualified individuals across a range of job disciplines. He was supportive, motivating and highly professional throughout the process. I have gained very valuable information and had such a positive experience throughout the process. He has restored my faith in agencies, making me feel like an individual rather than just another number looking for a job.

Claire Newey, Head of Clinical Governance

I would highly recommend Jon as a recruitment professional. From the outset, Jon has been responsive and efficient.

I have been in a unique situation in that I secured a role different to that which I was put forward for, however Jon was excellent in providing timely updates on progress as well as ensuring that I was able to secure several of my requirements from the negotiations.

Jon is a very positive, knowledgeable and supportive recruiter and made sure that I felt like I was his only focus. He was very responsive even replying in the evenings and at weekends.

Thank you for your help Jon, I’m really looking forward to starting my new role!

Steve Fullick, Centre Director

Jon approached me in relation to a role which was slightly different to my background, but he took the time to match my skills and experience with the requirements to the role before approaching me. Jon approached me well informed both about my experience and skills and the role on offer. The interview process was managed well, despite the speed in which it was required to take due to an alternative offer of employment also pending. Jon went out his way to communicate throughout the process and always ensured it was at a convenient time and place for me even early mornings or late nights. Jon went on to negotiate a brilliant offer of employment for me following interview without long discussions and back and forth negotiations, I believe this shows his incredible ability to negotiate but also his great relationships with both candidates and clients alike.
Jon kept in touch with me throughout the on boarding process to ensure everything was going smoothly, chasing every small element along the way to ensure no delays were experienced.
I have now started my new role and couldn’t be happier for Jon’s approach earlier this year as it was a role that wasn’t on my radar. Thanks Jon and thank you Compass for placing me in a role that I am certain I will be extremely happy in for many years to come.

Rebecca Hardy, Hospital Director

I have had the pleasure of personally receiving the services of Compass Associates, specifically Jon Burke. Jon is an extremely pleasant and approachable individual who immediately impresses with his professional, warm and friendly approach. He knows his sector exceptionally well and, on occasions, successfully identified and negotiated suitable roles that I would not have even known had existed and therefore not been considered for, but for Jon’s proactiveness, foresight and initiative. During each occasion, Jon delivered on all he said he would, on time, every time and more importantly, was excellent at maintaining regular communication during each stage of the process. I would recommend Jon to all my network and will not hesitate in seeking his services again in the future.

Jason Davies, Operations Director

Over the years I have asked Compass Associates to assist with the sourcing and recruitment to
several difficult to fill senior clinical roles. I have found them to be consistently responsive and
proactive, ensuring that they understand the type of service we provide and tailoring potential
candidates to meet our needs.

Most recently, I worked closely with Jon Burke, Head of Development Specialist Care, to fill our
vacant Consultant Psychologist role. He sourced an excellent candidate and maintained effective,
supportive and friendly contact throughout the process. Jon and his team make the experience of working with Compass Associates user friendly, efficient and pleasant with their professional “can do” approach and track record of supplying quality candidates.

Richard Ball, Hospital Director

I am delighted to provide this testimonial for Jon Burke. I had the pleasure of working with Jon during my recent job search, and his expertise and professionalism were truly exceptional.

From the very beginning, Jon demonstrated a deep understanding of the job market and took the time to understand my career goals and aspirations. He provided valuable guidance and support throughout the entire recruitment process, ensuring that I was well-prepared and confident in my applications and interview. Jon possesses excellent communication skills and always kept me informed about any updates or progress regarding my application.

Jon's knowledge of the industry and his extensive network of contacts proved invaluable. He was able to connect me with opportunities that aligned perfectly with my skills and experience, resulting an ideal job offer. His guidance and advice were instrumental in helping me make informed decisions about my career path.

Furthermore, Jon's genuine and approachable nature made the entire job search process much less daunting. He was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had, providing reassurance and support when needed.

I cannot recommend Jon highly enough. His professionalism, expertise, and genuine care for his clients make him an invaluable asset to anyone seeking employment opportunities. I am truly grateful for his assistance and am confident that he will continue to excel in his field.

Fungai Nhiwatiwa, Service Director