Leadership Team

Ruth Handcock

Ruth Handcock

Chief Executive Officer
Ruth is responsible for retail fundraising, growth and innovation, and central support services to all the investment businesses. Ruth joined Octopus in 2018 from Tandem Bank, where she was chief customer officer and chief of staff.

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Jonathan Digges

Jonathan Digges

Chief Investment Officer
Jonathan oversees fund management investment strategy. Since joining Octopus in 2015, he has been Product Head for Octopus Inheritance Tax Service, led the Specialist Finance Investment Team and chaired the Octopus Investment Committee.

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Jonathan Dees

Jonathan Dees

Chief Operations Officer
Jonathan manages a number of our central support services. Jonathan joined Octopus in 2019. His previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of Zoopla’s software business and Managing Director of TripAdvisor’s holiday lettings business.
 Paul Latham

Paul Latham

Managing Director
Paul joined Octopus in 2005 and sits on the Executive Committee. He specialises in tax-efficient investments. He is also the Chief Executive of Fern Trading Ltd, the UK’s largest commercial-scale producer of solar energy.
Jessica Franks

Jessica Franks

Head of Tax
Jessica heads up the team that manages tax-efficient investments, including venture capital trusts and investments that qualify for Business Property Relief from inheritance tax. She joined Octopus in 2014 and is a qualified tax adviser.
Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Head of Octopus Choice and Octopus Cash
Charlie has operational responsibility for Octopus Cash and the Octopus Choice peer-to-peer platform, with a focus on building and improving technology, lending and deployment, and fundraising.
Richard Court

Richard Court

Head of Development Capital
Richard joined Octopus in 2017 and runs the Development Capital team. He is fund manager for Octopus Apollo VCT and sits on the Investment Committee. He is responsible for new investments and sits on a number of portfolio company boards.
Rob Skinner

Rob Skinner

Head of Octopus Inheritance Tax Service Team
Rob is an Investment Director in the Specialist Finance team and is the fund manager of our Octopus Inheritance Tax Service. Rob also sits on our Investment Committee and oversees the valuation processes across Octopus.
Neil Buckland

Neil Buckland

Head of Sales and Customer
Neil joined Octopus in 2010 and is Head of the Sales and Customer teams, responsible for fundraising into our retail products and for ensuring that financial advisers and customers receive a great level of service.
John Averill

John Averill

Head of Risk and Compliance
John joined Octopus in 2015 as Head of Risk. He began his career at PwC London, before moving to UBS, where he covered risks across the whole business in Wealth Management, Asset Management and the Investment Bank.
Richard Power

Richard Power

Head of Smaller Companies team
Richard heads up the Smaller Companies team at Octopus. He has over 20 years’ experience of smaller company investing. He is the lead manager of FP Octopus UK Micro Cap Growth Fund and also oversees the team’s investment process. 
Mark Soonaye

Mark Soonaye

Head of Quoted
Mark is the Head of Quoted at Octopus, in addition to having managerial responsibility for the investment team he leads the strategic and commercial development of the business.

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