About Ruth Handcock
Ruth is passionate about reducing the stress that people feel managing their finances. As CEO of Octopus Investments she focuses on doing this by harnessing technology to improve access to financial services and financial advice. She is proud that Octopus invests in sectors she cares about, ones that make a positive difference to the world we live in.
So far in her career, Ruth has had fourteen jobs: newspaper deliverer, car washer, checkout operative, factory salad chopper (night shift), receptionist, lab technician, editor, consultant, government adviser, COO, finance director, chief of staff, head of customer and CEO. She’s very happy to know that whatever Octopus throws at her, she doesn’t have to worry about chopping off her thumb at 3am.
Away from Octopus, Ruth’s young family helps her develop her patience by making her do the same Postman Pat jigsaw over and over again.
CEO of Octopus Investments
Education: University of Cambridge
Adviser to Minister of Trade in the Government of Sierra Leone
Global Finance Director of a $2 billion P&L at Bacardi
First employee at start-up retail bank Tandem
Glowing customer reviews
Long distance running
Analytical and detail-driven
Likes to see things through
Inspired by growth
Makes decisions quickly
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In her own words
“What I love about Octopus is that every day is completely different. We have big ambitions to change the industry we work in and create even more opportunities for investment into sectors that have a huge impact on the world we live in. That will take a lot of work, but it’s exactly the kind of challenge I relish.”
“Businesses that inspire me understand that their main mission is to create meaningfully better customer experiences. For some this will be the beautiful simplicity of a product that always does what it says, or customer service from people who care. In technology it’s encapsulated by a firm belief in open architecture, giving customers the freedom to choose the right software for them that reduces cost and integrates without hassle.”
“Our financial lives are deeply interwoven with our personal, professional, and family lives, which are rarely straightforward. When making big, life-changing decisions, we need someone who is able to listen, build trust, and empathise with our goals. Financial advisers know this better than anyone. The next generation of investors will embrace a hybrid experience and the real opportunity lies in combining that human touch with smart technology.”