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 has a background in social policy research 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 helps organising events and provides support for Compass campaigns, as well as looking after the day-to-day work in the office. Jack is keen to talk to members and potential members, so please don’t hesitate in contacting him if you want to find out about, or get involved with, Compass’ work. Jack is looking to get younger members connected – do get in touch if you think you qualify.

Board

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

Associates

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

Volunteers

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