Tom Berrisford (MREC CertRP)

Associate Director - Senior Appointments (North)

Tom's Bio

Tom is an Associate Director for the Manchester Office at Compass Associates, having joined the business in February 2015. With over 8 years recruitment experience within the Elderly Care market, focusing on the Midlands / North of England & Scotland. Tom leads a team of Consultants who deliver on middle management vacancies (Deputy / Registered Managers) whilst he personally focuses his efforts on Senior Management / Director type vacancies.

Tom has had outstanding client and candidate feedback, commenting on his professionalism and integrity which has underpinned much of his success. With a view on building long-lasting, long-term relationships, much of Tom’s work is done on an exclusive basis given his reputation and ability to deliver, which has seen him place multiple Managing Director, Commercial Director, Quality Director and Operations Director appointments in the past 12 months.

Recent Assignments

  • Regional Quality Manager

    Nursing Elderly Care - Private Care Provider (Scotland)

  • Operations Manager

    Residential Elderly Care - Charity (Cheshire)

  • Operations Director

    Nursing Elderly Care - Growing Private Care Provider (North West & Midlands)

  • Regional Operations Manager

    Nursing Elderly Care - Large Private Care Provider (Yorkshire)

  • Regional Operations Manager

    Elderly Care Home - Private Care provider (North West)

  • Managing Director

    Elderly Care Home - National Care provider (North)


I have known Tom Berrisford for several years, and I have always found him to be very personable, professional and knowledgeable. Tom recently contacted me with regards to an Area Quality Director position with another care provider. Tom explained the role to me in great detail, and it was very obvious that he had a good working relationship with and knowledge of the care provider. Tom knew that this position would potentially be of interest to me, particularly due to the geographical location of the role, as Tom understands that I have wanted to reduce the excessive miles that I have been undertaking in my current job role, for the past eleven years. This is an example of Tom getting to know his customers’ needs and preferences and matching them suitably to an organisation, and vice versa.
Throughout the recruitment process, Tom kept in very close contact with me through telephone calls and e-mails, always updating me with any progress and feedback that he had received from the care provider, and he gave me ‘tips’ in relation to what they were looking for, and how best to approach all three stages of the interview process. I was successful in securing the position and this was definitely helped positively by Tom.
Over the last seventeen years, I have had contact with several recruitment agencies, and within those agencies, many different people. I would say that Tom has been the most helpful and professional person that I have ever come across in this particular setting.

Mark Laight, Operations Director

I have worked with tom on securing a couple of very successful placements in managerial roles within the care home setting. Tom found good candidates for these roles, and kept me up to speed every step of the way. I would have no hesitation in recommending him or using him again to help with finding the right people for our organisation.

Diane Langford, Area Manager

Tom is one of the nicest people in the recruitment business – he is attentive, always hears correctly what you are saying, is honest and very responsive even when he can’t help he will say so (which is not very often). I have had many communications with him and would highly recommend him as first-class.

Val Kendall, Operational Manager