We are Octopus
We’re a group of entrepreneurially-minded businesses – each one built on the belief that people deserve better. Founded in 2000, today, we’re one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies, operating in two sectors – financial services and energy supply.
For two decades we’ve been challenging convention and turning bright ideas into game-changing businesses. We offer smart, simple solutions that leave our customers feeling totally taken care of because being trusted makes us irreplaceable.
Across Octopus, we now have over 750,000 customers and our investments have put more than £8.5 billion into the UK economy (source Octopus, 30 June 2019). We want Octopus to be a group of businesses we’re proud to tell our grandchildren about.
Our people and culture
The people who work at Octopus are unique, but they all share the same DNA. We get excited not by what money can buy, but what it can do.
If something doesn’t work, we challenge it, relentlessly, until we know what ‘better’ looks like. We’ll think smarter, we’ll go sideways. We’ll rebuild from the bottom up if we have to. And we won’t rest until we’re left with something we’re proud of. Because we don’t just want customers. We want advocates. And we do all this for one giant reason – we’re invested in making the world a better place to live.
When we started out we relied on the small number of people who gave us a chance. We never forget that. We launched Octopus Giving as our way of putting something back, by helping to give others their chance.
Since 2014, we’ve donated more than £1 million to nine smaller charities with big ambitions. But it’s not just about money. Everyone who works at Octopus spends ‘volunteer days’ with our focus charities.
So far, we’ve donated more than 10,000 hours of our time, doing everything from cooking meals for local communities, helping to deliver numeracy training to schoolkids and mucking out horse stables for Greatwood.
Our leadership team
Simon RogersonFounder and Chief Executive OfficerOctopus Group
Simon has overall responsibility for day-to-day decisions and for the strategic direction of the Group. Before founding Octopus in 2000, Simon spent two years working at Mercury Asset Management. He graduated with a first class MA in Modern Languages from St. Andrews University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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Chris HulattFounderOctopus Group
Chris is responsible for the Group’s expansion into new areas. He is also on the investment committee of several Octopus funds. Before founding Octopus in 2000, Chris led one of the global equity research teams at Mercury Asset Management. He has a first class MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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Ruth HandcockChief Executive OfficerOctopus Investments
Ruth is responsible for retail fundraising, growth and innovation, and central support services to all the investment businesses. Ruth joined Octopus in 2018 from Tandem Bank, where she was chief customer officer and chief of staff. Previous roles include global finance director at Bacardi and chief operating officer at TB Associates. Ruth graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA (first class) degree in Natural Sciences.
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Jonathan DiggesChief Investment OfficerOctopus Investments
Jonathan oversees the investment strategy of the six investment businesses that form the Octopus fund management group. He joined Octopus in February 2015 as the Fund Manager and Product Head for Octopus Inheritance Tax Service. He also led the Specialist Finance Investment Team and chaired the Octopus Investment Committee. Before joining Octopus, Jonathan ran a team at Lloyds that looked after the bank’s non-core equity portfolio. He also co-founded Mecom Group. Jonathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has an MA (Hons) degree in Geography from the University of Oxford.
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Paul LathamHead of Tax ProductsOctopus Investments
Paul joined Octopus 2005 and is part of the Executive Committee for the Octopus Group. He spends much of his time focused on tax-efficient investments. He is also the Chief Executive of Fern Trading Ltd, the UK’s largest commercial-scale producer of solar energy. Paul had extensive general management and internal consulting experience gained in companies including Brakes, Capital One, NatWest and Kingfisher. He graduated with a first class honours degree from Imperial College.
The evolution of Octopus