At the core of Compton

Leadership Team

Meet our leadership team

Our Leadership Team, led by our Chief Executive Officer, Rachel Overfield, are responsible for the day-to-day running of Compton Care.

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Overfield

Rachel has worked for Compton Care for 4 years; originally as the Director of Nursing and more latterly, as the CEO and Director of Nursing, and since January 2024 as the CEO.

Rachel has been a qualified nurse for 40 years. In the early part of her career she worked within many different specialties including oncology and palliative care as a specialist nurse. She was a senior nurse in head and neck, trauma and orthopaedics and oncology before moving into Director Roles.

Rachel was appointed as a deputy Director of Nursing in Worcester in 1997 and went on to lead the transition of clinical services into the new Worcestershire hospital in 2002. Appointed as Director of Nursing in Worcestershire in 2004 Rachel went on to hold Director of Nursing posts in three other NHS Trusts over the next 15 years including trusts in Birmingham, Leicester and Walsall. Whilst in these posts Rachel also held the portfolios for governance, estates and workforce.

In 2017 Rachel was given the opportunity to work in Dubai, UAE as the Chief Nursing and Operational Officer at The American Hospital, a large private hospital in the centre of Dubai. She stayed in this post for two years gaining invaluable insight into other cultures and private healthcare provision.

Returning back to the UK in 2019 Rachel was keen to continue to work outside of the NHS, developing her own knowledge of other healthcare provision and also sharing her experience with non-NHS providers. She considers herself to have been very lucky and privileged to have been appointed as Director of Nursing for Compton Care which she commenced in September 2019. Rachel led the organisation through the pandemic and acted into the CEO role when it became vacant in 2020. She was permanently appointed in January 2021.

Rachel is a passionate, driven health professional and senior manager, who is totally committed to the principles of delivering excellent care in an individual and holistic way. She believes in supporting and developing the workforce and is always prepared to listen and engage with staff, volunteers, patients and their families in order to continue to grow and enhance Compton Care.

Director of Income Generation, Marketing and Partnerships / Deputy CEO

James Elliott

James has been involved in Fundraising and Marketing within the third sector for over 20 years; a passion that developed from volunteering with local charities and witnessing at first hand the crucial support they provide.

Starting out as a regional fundraiser building relationships directly within the local community, James became a talented multi-disciplinary fundraiser who has managed high performing teams delivering growth across all income streams.

Over the last 10 years, as well as rising to leadership roles within Fundraising and Marketing, James has established key skills, knowledge and experience which have helped to develop key organisational strategies and communications, policy and public affairs plans.

James has experience working for a wide range of charities where service provision has included health, support, care and education. He has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work for both small regional charities and large national organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, the RNLI, MacMillan Cancer Support and Acorns Children’s Hospice.

James joined Compton Care in March 2021 having spent the previous three years growing the annual income of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation UK where he was Director of Fundraising.

Medical Director

Fran Hakkak

Dr Fran Hakkak is a consultant in palliative medicine. She trained in London at King’s College and the London School of Economics and worked at the Royal Marsden and St Christopher’s Hospice before moving to the West Midlands for specialty training. Fran first worked at Compton as a registrar in 2005. She became a consultant in 2009 and then Medical Director at Compton in 2018.

Fran’s professional interests include respiratory palliative care, psychology, equality diversity and inclusion, and leadership. In 2021 she became a graduate of the Nye Bevan Programme with the NHS Leadership Academy. Fran is passionate about supporting multidisciplinary teams to provide excellent holistic care for patients and families regardless of diagnosis and setting, and working collaboratively across systems to develop services that meet peoples’ needs.

Director of Clinical Governance, Compliance & Informatics

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca joined Compton in June 2016, bringing with her over 25 years of NHS experience.

Rebecca qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1992 and also holds a health and safety qualification, she has worked in both clinical and corporate governance roles in both NHS provider and commissioning organisations within the Black Country and has extensive experience in governance, risk management, compliance and regulation.

Director of Finance & HR

Russell Bulkeley

Russell Bulkeley qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London before moving to the Midlands where he worked in Birmingham as an audit manager for Coopers & Lybrand. Moving into the funeral industry, he joined Hodgson Holdings plc as the acquisition accountant before progressing to a group accountant role. Latterly he has spent fourteen years in various roles within Rexel (global electrical wholesalers), finishing as Head of Reporting & Compliance when the office re-located to Potters Bar.

Russell joined us at Compton in March 2014 as Head of Finance and Accounting.

Director of Clinical Services

Jenny Warren

Jenny Warren has worked for Compton Care for six years, first in the role of a clinical nurse specialist and then in a number of clinical management posts within the organisation, joining the leadership team as Director of Clinical Services in January 2024

Jenny has been a qualified nurse for 21 years, primarily working within community services in Wolverhampton.  Starting out as a newly qualified community nurse in 2003, Jenny worked in all localities in the city, progressing to Locality Lead Nurse.  She is an experienced clinician, qualified non-medical prescriber and has undertaken post-graduate study in palliative and end of life care and the NHS.

Jenny is passionate about meeting the needs of the local community, having worked here for most of her career in nursing, one of her main areas of interest is care of the older person.  She gained the title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) in 2018, for demonstrating a high level of commitment to delivering and leading outstanding care in the community.

Enthusiastic and innovative, Jenny brings quality improvement and leadership skills to the role, ensuring the delivery of high-quality person-centred specialist palliative care services through investment and development of the clinical workforce.