After joining the Board of Strabens Hall in 2011, Compton retired in 2017 to take up the post of Senior Consultant. Compton started his career in the City, where he worked for over 20 years, first as a stockbroker and then as a financial adviser on commodities and futures.
In 1991, Compton founded Sporting Index which soon became one of the world leaders in spread betting. He left Sporting Index when it was bought by a private equity firm in 2003 and is now chairman of six small private companies, mostly connected with sport.
Compton is a member of the Jockey Club and is a non-executive director of Epsom Racecourse.