Compass is led by our members, Management Committee and staff. Our office is run by a small team of staff and volunteers.

Neal Lawson

WorNeal Lawsonking with the Management Committee and the staff Neal helps direct Compass. He has long believed that politics needs a new way of thinking, organising and being – he wants Compass to be it.

Neal was author of All Consuming (Penguin, 2009) and serves on the Boards of UK Feminista and We own it!, is a Contributing Editor of the social democracy journal Renewal and is an Associate Member at the Bauman Institute at Leeds University. He writes regularly for the Guardian and the New Statesman. In the past he worked as a trade union researcher, an advisor to Gordon Brown and ran a communications company.

As well as his role at Compass he works on issues and projects for Jericho Chambers.

Remco van der Stoep

Remco has been part of the Compass team since the 2017 general election campaign. Initially his work concentrated on membership and finance, but his involvement rapidly expanded into Compass’ campaigning and strategy activity. He ran Compass’ member consultations on Brexit and on our own governance, and helps with our citizens’ assembly campaign and the organisation of various events. His professional background is in public engagement: opening up decision-making beyond those who hold power.

Gerry Mitchell

Gerry joined Compass at the beginning of 2019. She has worked and volunteered with organisations on each side of the 45° fault line between top-down and bottom- up. She helps plan and run projects, campaigns and events and is the point of contact for Compass local groups (and also for members interested in setting up new groups!). Gerry (PhD, MSc) has a background in social policy research, in the London School of Economics’ Social Policy Department and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion and currently works on our social solidarity research project, in collaboration with TASC.

Jack Jeffrey

Jack has recently joined Compass after completing an MA in the History of Political Thought. He assists with Compass research projects and publications, as well as updating and maintaining the Compass blog and looking after the day-to-day work in the office. Jack is especially keen to get more young people/members writing for Compass. Please do get in touch, if you’d like to pitch an idea for a blogpost or thinkpiece.  


Board members are recruited on the basis of their skills. Appointments are then confirmed by the AGM.


Compass Associates help develop the Compass network and share in the expanding workload of the organisation.


Compass Volunteers generously give their time to help Compass build our work in a range of areas including events, projects and social media.