Board of Directors
Jon Moulton, Non-Executive Chairman
Jon was appointed chairman of finnCap in January 2010. He is currently Chairman of The International Stock Exchange and Anti-Microbial Research Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute for Turnaround Professionals. He chairs the Better Capital funds and Greensphere, an alternative energy infrastructure fund (which was partnered with the Texas Pacific Group). He is an active private investor and has been working in private equity since 1979. Jon is a member of the Board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and regularly writes, broadcasts and speaks on corporate finance and financial matters. He is a director of the think tank, The Centre for Policy Studies. Jon is also an Honorary Fellow of University College London and a Trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and his own medical research charity. A former Managing Partner of Alchemy, Jon’s career also included running Permira, CVC UK and the buy-out group of Apax, as well as being a director of numerous public and private companies, including Ashmore PLC. He was also a board member of the £3.8 billion UK Government Regional Growth Fund.
Baron Leigh of Hurley, Executive Deputy Chairman
Howard is the senior partner and co-founder of Cavendish, and has built the business into a leading UK M&A advisory practice. He graduated in Economics and, after a short period in UK merchant banking, joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and further qualified with the Chartered Institute of Taxation. In early 1986 Howard helped establish Deloitte’s Mergers and Acquisitions business and developed an expertise in selling corporates. In 1988 he left to set up Cavendish. He served as the Chairman of the Faculty of Corporate Finance of the ICAEW between 2000 and 2004. During this time he also served on the Takeover Panel as well as sitting on the Council of the ICAEW. In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty’s Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance award. Howard was a Vice President of M&A International Inc., the global advisory M&A firm, and predecessor to Oaklins International Inc. He was elevated to the Peerage as Baron Leigh of Hurley in 2013 and speaks regularly in the House of Lords on business, finance and tax matters. Howard was appointed as a Treasurer of the Conservative Party in 2000, and subsequently as Senior Treasurer. Howard will continue to take an active role in his political and charitable activities following Admission.
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.
Tom Hayward, Chief Financial Officer
Tom was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer 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.
Joe Stelzer, Chief Commercial Officer
Joe began his career by starting a software republishing firm before merging this business with his family engineering firm where, as Chief Executive, he used this foundation to build a broad based industrial technology group comprising software distribution, nanotechnology, defence & aerospace, lighting controls and energy management businesses. The group was floated in 2004 on AIM as Polaron plc. In late 2006, Joe appointed Cavendish to sell Polaron and the company was sold in early 2007 to Cooper Industries, a Fortune 500 US Industrials group where he became global head of Cooper Controls. Joe joined Cavendish in 2010 as a partner and whilst he specialises in the technology, software and industrial sectors, has been involved in transactions in the chemicals, aviation, healthcare and financial services sectors. He offers a unique insight into the company sale process having worked as both client and adviser. He was appointed Managing Partner of Cavendish in 2013. He graduated from University College London with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Science.
Stuart Andrews, Head of Corporate
Stuart joined finnCap in March 2012, was appointed Head of Corporate Finance in July 2012 and joined the board of finnCap in 2013. He qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC and subsequently worked in the corporate finance department of Beeson Gregory and Evolution Securities. Stuart has extensive knowledge of advisory roles for ambitious growth companies both on the public markets and privately which includes IPOs, all aspects of fundraising and M&A. Stuart was appointed Head of Corporate in May 2018. Stuart is currently a member of the London Stock Exchange AIM Advisory Group, an external committee of senior executives who provide input and advice on all matters affecting the operation and regulation of AIM.
Vin Murria OBE, Non-Executive Director
Vin brings more than 25 years of venture capital, private equity, M&A, Chief Executive Officer and operational experience in the software sector. Vin has held Chief Executive Officer positions at Advanced Computer Software, which she founded in 2008 and sold seven years later to Vista Private Equity for £725 million, and at Computer Software Group. During her five-year tenure at Computer Software Group she took the company private, backed by HG Capital, then subsequently sold it to PE firm Hellman & Friedman in July 2007. Vin sits on the boards of two FTSE 250 companies, Sophos Plc and Softcat Plc and was previously on the board of ZPG plc. Her previous roles include acting as Chief Operating Officer at Kewill Systems plc, a partner at Elderstreet Investments and she holds non-executive director roles at Chime Plc, Greenko Plc, Concateno Plc (acquired by Providence), GIC Private equity and Inverness Medical. Vin has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of London and a Doctorate Business in Administration (Honorary) from Edinburgh Napier University.
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.