Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Robert Lister​, Non-Executive Chairman 

Robert Lister was appointed as Chairman of the finnCap Group in January 2021. Robert spent 25 years in investment banking first with Barclays de Zoete Wedd where he started as a graduate in 1983 and rose to become Head of European Equities in 1998 and then at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he was Global Head of Equities. Since then Robert has been appointed as a non-executive director of Investec Wealth and Investment Limited (2010), Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Investment Trust PLC (2012), Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited (2012) and Integrafin Holdings PLC (2019). He is also Investment Expert and Chair of the Salvation Army International Trust Fund and Retired Officer Allowance Scheme.

Samantha Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Samantha established finnCap in 2007, having orchestrated the management buy-out of a small broking division of JM Finn & Co Limited, a private client stockbroking firm. Samantha is the first female chief executive of a City stockbroking firm and as such is a supporter of social enterprises designed to inspire and engage the next generation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs. Samantha qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and is an alumna of the University of Bristol. 

Richard Snow, Chief Financial Officer

Richard joined finnCap as Chief Financial Officer in May 2020.  Prior to joining finnCap, Richard was the Finance Director and Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration of the UK law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1991 and moved to the investment banking industry gaining 15 years' experience in corporate advisory at Charterhouse, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Nomura.  From 2006 to 2011 Richard was director of M&A and then Investor Relations at Vodafone Group plc.  From early 2014, he was Director of Investor Relations of Ladbrokes plc and then, from December 2015, he served on its Executive Committee as acting Chief Financial Officer leading the finance team through the merger with Coral. 

Tom Hayward, Group Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner, Cavendish​

Tom became Group COO and Managing Partner, Cavendish in May 2020, having previously served as finnCap’s Chief Financial Officer from 2010. Tom was appointed to the role of CFO of finnCap in 2010. He previously spent nearly 10 years as Venture Capital investor at Herald Investment Management Limited where he invested in early stage information technology and media companies. Between 1998 and 2000, Tom was an Executive at J. Henry Schroder & Co, in the telecoms and technology M&A team. Tom trained as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in KPMG’s project finance team, and has a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an MSc in Computing from Imperial College, London. 

Andy Hogarth, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Andy was appointed to the board of Staffline Group plc as Finance Director in 2002, becoming Managing Director in 2003 and was appointed Chief Executive when the company was admitted to trading on AIM in 2004. During the 15 years of his leadership, the business grew from a turnover of £40 million in 2004 to nearly £1 billion in 2017, with underlying operating profits growing from £2 million to over £39 million during the same period. He has held senior roles in a wide range of businesses, including retail, support services, healthcare, hospitality and construction. As Finance Director, he led the management buy-out and subsequent trade sale (to Morgan Sindall in 2002) of Pipeline Constructors Group, a utility services business. He currently sits on the board of an elderly care charity, is a Governor of two RSA academy schools and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Ten10 Ltd, a Private Equity backed computer software testing consultancy. He is also a Director of Hogarths Hotels, two boutique hotels in Solihull and Kidderminster. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

Barbara Ann Firth (formerly Bebbington), Independent Non-Executive Director

Barbara has decades of financial and management experience covering both private and quoted companies. Previous roles have included Chief Financial Officer and subsequently Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Computer Software Group plc (“ACS”) from its early stages to the sale in 2015 to Vista for £725 million. Prior to her role at ACS, Barbara was Chief Financial Officer of Computer Software Group plc (“CSG”) from the time of its float to its sale in 2007 to HG Capital. Prior to CSG, Barbara was the UK financial controller for Roberts Pharmaceutical Inc. and a member of the Roberts/Shire merger task force. Barbara has considerable M&A experience covering both smaller bolt-on acquisitions and larger scale transactions. 

Annette Andrews, Independent Non-Executive Director

As an independent Non-Executive Director Annette Andrews brings substantial HR and people expertise to the Board after a 30-year career in HR roles in both regulated financial and commercial environments. In the past 15 years she has held senior HR leadership positions at Lloyd’s of London (Chief People Officer), Catlin Insurance (HR Director), Lloyds Banking Group PLC (various roles including Head of HR Americas) and the Ford Motor Company in Europe and the UK. On leaving Lloyd’s of London in 2020, Annette founded Acaria Coaching and Consultancy Ltd, working with individuals and organisations globally to help them achieve their full potential. Annette is MBA qualified and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, alongside being a Life and Executive Coach. Annette’s other non-executive and advisory roles include Non-Executive Chairman of The Guild of Human Resource Professionals, Chair for a Community Interest Charity, ‘Strengths in Communities’.