Ambition Nation Summit

Ambition Nation Summit

finnCap Ambition Nation Summit presents:

'Decisions, Decisions'


· When is the right time to look for capital?

· When should I take my company public?

· When is the right time to sell my company and exit?

· How will my decisions affect personal wealth?


Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Time: 8:30am-11:00am

Location: Ballroom at Claridges, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR

Join us at the next finnCap Ambition Nation Summit, where we explore what it takes to make those big, tack-changing choices that can make or break business success.
Leading CEO’s, business leaders and experts from across financial growth services share their insights on key decisions that continues to drive their business success, while our inspirational keynote address comes courtesy of polar explorer Ben Saunders, and how he makes choices that literally mean life or death.


Sam Smith, CEO, finnCap Group

Sam Smith founded finnCap in 2007, leading the buyout of JM Finn’s small-cap corporate advisory and broking division. Under her leadership as the youngest and only female chief executive of a City broker, finnCap is now one of the leading and fastest-growing independent brokers in the City. Outside her duties as the CEO, Sam is actively involved in various mentoring projects and organisations.

Oli Barrett MBE, Co-Founder, StartUp Britain

Oli Barrett is a regular conference and awards host, for events across business, technology, education and entrepreneurship. In the past year, he has chaired events for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Tech London Advocates, The ScaleUp Institute, The Times Tech Summit and The StartUps Awards. He is on the advisory boards the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and Centre for Entrepreneurs, One Million Mentors and Troubadour Theatres, and is a Fellow of impact incubator and business builder Zinc. As a serial founder, he co-created Tenner (the UK's largest schools enterprise challenge), Volunteer It Yourself (the social venture which has helped thousands of young people to fix their own youth clubs) and the TOTS campaign to improve children's literacy. He co-founded StartUp Britain, which was launched by the British Prime Minister, leading to the creation of PitchUp Britain (with John Lewis and Sainsbury's) and PopUp Britain, with the opening of shops around the UK. Oli hosts The Lens podcast with Business in the Community, which pairs senior leaders with future leaders, to discuss the future of work. The Connector Unit, founded in 2016, forges valuable and creative connections across a range of sectors and industries. 

Ben Saunders, record-breaking polar explorer and TED speaker

Polar explorer Ben Saunders’s incredible feats of endurance challenge conventional wisdom and prove what can be accomplished through ambition, passion, and a refusal to quit. Best known for leading one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century, he was the first to successfully complete an epic, 105-day, 1,800-mile trek on foot to the South Pole – equivalent to running 69 marathons back-to-back. Of his expedition he said, “We can all accomplish great feats. If you dream something hard enough, it does indeed come to pass.” In 2017 he became the second person in history to reach both Poles solo and unassisted, after 52 days and 6 alone in Antarctic conditions described as “The worst in 25 years.”

Ben has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and has accomplished some of the world’s most impressive polar expeditions. He is the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. He also holds the record for the longest human-powered polar journey in history and is the third in history and the youngest by 10 years to reach the North Pole alone and on foot. Since 2001, he has skied more than 4,300 miles (or 164 marathons) in the Polar Regions. A powerful advocate for the natural world, Saunders has seen first-hand the effects of climate change, and his expeditions are raising awareness for sustainable solutions. He has also climbed in the Nepalese Himalayas, worked as an instructor at the John Ridgway School of Adventure, raced bikes at a national level, and run seven marathons and three ultra-marathons.

Ben was featured in the 2016 New York Times best-seller TED Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking, which was published by TED chief Chris Anderson. In the book, Ben is described by Chris as a “powerful storyteller” with a penchant for surprising audiences.

Brendan Mooney, CEO, Kainos Group plc

After studying Computer Science at the University of Ulster Brendan joined Kainos in 1989 as a graduate software engineer, before moving into a number of technical and commercial roles.  Brendan was appointed Managing Director of Kainos in 2001. 

In addition to his role at Kainos, Brendan has been a Non-Executive Director at Meridio, Property News, the Probation Service for Northern Ireland and, until recently, was a serving Lay Magistrate.

Brendan has over 25 years of technical, business development and management experience.   He has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland Award, 2016 and holds honorary Doctorates (DSc) from both University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast for services to business development and services to business and commerce respectively.

Rosaleen Blair CBE, CEO, Alexander Mann Solutions

Rosaleen Blair, CBE is the founder and CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions, a global talent acquisition and management company. Combining outsourcing and consulting expertise, AMS has established itself as the market leader, partnering with over 100 of the world’s leading brands worldwide.

Rosaleen created Alexander Mann Solutions in 1996 with an ambition to revolutionise the way blue-chip multi-nationals attract and retain top talent, while helping the best people in business achieve their potential.

Recognised as an industry leader and entrepreneur, Rosaleen has won numerous awards including UK Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, E&Y London Entrepreneur of the Year, Tatler Woman of the Year, Strategic Leader of the Year National Outsourcing Awards, and the Recruiter Magazine Impact Award 2017. Additionally, Rosaleen enthusiastically supports organisations including Everywoman, Barclays LifeSkills and the Prince’s Trust.  She also invests her time and resources in entrepreneurs and small businesses through coaching, investment, sponsorship and mentoring.

Ian Dembinski, Head of Client Development, Rathbones

Ian joined Rathbones in 2016 as Head of Rathbones Private Office with a focus on larger high net worth clients including entrepreneurs, families and successful individuals looking for tailored investment management services. In July 2019 he was appointed to a wider role of Head of Client Development with responsibility for delivering the optimal Rathbones investment solutions to our clients including portfolio management, financial planning, trusts and international services. Prior to joining Rathbones he was Head of UK domestic private banking at Credit Suisse and Head of UK Ultra high net worth clients at UBS. He is level 6 PCIAM qualified and studied Modern History at Oxford University.

Jamie B Waller, Entrepreneur & Investor

Jamie started his first business cleaning peoples windows at 16. At 24 he started JBW an outsourcing business to UK Government and after a tough start which included him being stabbed in the street and held hostage a gun point JBW went on to be a huge success. Jamie sold JBW in 2016, set up another business six days later and sold that within just nine month. He has a net worth of over £40m and is now a successful investor in 15 other entrepreneurial business. Jamie is also the author of the best selling book: Unsexy Business and Chair of The Princes Trust Enterprise Network - a network of highly successful entrepreneurs that donate their support to young people in enterprise.

Simon Rogerson, CEO & Co-Founder, Octopus Group

Simon co-founded Octopus in 2000 with the belief that entrepreneurs can help drive change by disrupting established industries and putting customers first. Octopus has grown rapidly, building sizeable investment platforms in renewable energy, healthcare infrastructure and smaller companies. Octopus now has more than £8.6 billion funds under management from retail and institutional investors.

In 2016 Octopus launched Octopus Energy, its consumer energy supply business, providing customers with sustainable and fair pricing, combined with truly digital customer service. In August, Octopus Energy acquired Co-op Energy, part of the Midcounties Co-operative, taking the number of Octopus Energy customers over 1 million after just four years in the market. Octopus Energy was awarded the Which? Recommended Provider award in 2018 and remains the highest-ranked energy firm for 2019. 

Simon serves as an adviser to The Entrepreneurs Network. He was named EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017, alongside Octopus co-founder Chris Hulatt, and awarded Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 by City AM.

Matthew Stallabrass, Head of Listed Businesses, Crowe U.K.

Matthew is a Corporate Partner working with a range of business clients at Crowe UK . His experience includes international groups with turnover in excess of £800 million and fully listed entities with market capitalisation in excess of £150 million.

Matthew's clients include a number of international businesses and he has undertaken assignments in various countries including India, Turkey and the United States. Matthew has worked with Crowe Global member firms across the globe in delivering value and quality of service to clients.