Sam Smith, CEO
As Chief Executive of finnCap, Sam Smith remains the only female CEO of a City broking firm. She established finnCap in 2007, having orchestrated the buy-out of a small broking subsidiary of a private client stockbroking firm. Today, finnCap is ranked No.1 Nominated Adviser and Broker to AIM companies.
Sam qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and is an alumnus of the University of Bristol. She is passionate about ensuring that girls and women see only opportunities, rather than barriers to success, in whatever industry they want to be in.
Aside from her duties as CEO, Sam is actively involved in various mentoring projects and organisations such as Pinky Lilani’s Women of the Future awards, of which Sam is a former winner.
Sam is also a patron for the Modern Muse project, aimed at encouraging and inspiring millions of young girls throughout the UK to consider a business career and entrepreneurship as ways to realise their dreams.
Jon Moulton, Chairman
Jon is currently Chairman of finnCap, The International Stock Exchange and Anti-Microbial Research Limited.
Jon has long experience of turnarounds, having invested in them for 30 years and with considerable success. He is a Chartered Accountant, a CF and a Fellow of the Institute for Turnaround Professionals.
He chairs the Better Capital funds and also Greensphere, an alternative energy infrastructure fund (which was partnered with the Texas Pacific Group). He is a very 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 includes spells 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 member of the Board of the £3.8bn UK Government Regional Growth Fund.
Vin Murria OBE, Deputy Chairman
Vin Murria OBE is Deputy Chairman of finnCap, whose career has included a combination of venture capital, private equity and CEO/operational experience, centred around 20 years of M&A activity in the software sector.
Vin is a partner at Elderstreet Investments and, until recently, CEO of Advanced Computer Software plc, which she founded in 2008. Advanced is a consolidator in the healthcare and business solutions sector which, in March 2015, accepted a cash offer of £765m, from Vista Equity Partners, a software and technology-focused private equity firm.
Prior to this, Vin was CEO of Computer Software Group plc, a small shell which she joined Sept 2002. Five years later in 2007 after a period of strong organic and inorganic growth Vin and her team took the business private, backed by HG Capital for £100m, and subsequently following two further strategic acquisitions and a merger exited the merged entity to the US private equity vehicle Hellman Friedman for £500m (circa $800m).
Vin is Non-Executive Director at FTSE250 companies Zoopla plc and Softcat plc, and a Strategic Global Advisor at Rothschilds. Her previous roles include NED at Chime plc and Greenko plc, both of which have just recently been acquired by Private Equity (Providence and GIC, respectively); COO for Kewill Systems plc (which exited at a valuation of $1.8bn); Advisory Board of Signia Wealth Management; and NED of Concateno plc.
In 2007, Vin formed and funded the PS Foundation, a charitable foundation targeted at educating and supporting women in India and the UK.
Tom Hayward, Finance Director
Prior to becoming finnCap’s Finance Director in 2010, Tom Hayward spent nearly 10 years as Venture Capital Fund Manager at Herald Investment Management Limited. There, 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 started as a trainee accountant 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.
He has a family with three children, and counts running and paying school fees amongst his hobbies.
Mark Tubby, Head of Compliance
Chairman of an International Stock Exchange Authority, formerly Head of Regulation of two UK recognised investment exchanges and a recognised clearing house and previously Director, Legal & Compliance at Credit Suisse First Boston, finnCap's Head of Compliance Mark Tubby has 25 years’ experience of UK and international financial services regulation, preceded by seven years’ experience in international securities and derivatives.
Mark has gained various regulatory approvals from: UK Financial Conduct Authority, German BAWE/BAKRED, French COB/CMF, Swiss Federal Banking Commission, US SEC, Hong Kong SFC and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, and in addition managed international co-operation projects with Swiss Exchanges, Paris Bourse, Vienna Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
Mark has served on various domestic and international regulatory bodies, including the US Inter-Market Surveillance Group, the Financial Fraud Information Network, various UK Financial Conduct Authority policy groups, including the Market Abuse Sub-Committee, the Market Conduct Group, EMU Steering Group, Transaction Monitoring Steering Group, International Regulators' Forum, Y2K Task-Force, and also spokesman at the HM Treasury Regulatory Familiarisation Programme for overseas regulators.
Mark is Deputy Chairman of the Quoted Companies Alliance Secondary Markets Expert Group, a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, the International Association of Financial Engineers, the UK Society of Investment Professionals, an Associate of the UK Securities and Investment Institute and a former member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.
Stuart Andrews, Head of Corporate Finance
Stuart joined finnCap in March 2012 as Head of Corporate Finance and joined the Board 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 is currently a member of the AIM Advisory Group which is an external committee of senior executives who provide input and advice on all matters affecting the operation and regulation of AIM. He has previously chaired the Quoted Companies Alliance Markets and Regulations Committee and is now a member of the Primary Markets Expert Group.