Leadership team

Simon Rogerson

Simon Rogerson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Octopus Group
Simon has overall responsibility for the day-to-day decisions and strategic direction of Octopus Group.

Much of his time is spent looking for new opportunities for Octopus, such as moving into the commercial energy sector with Octopus Energy.

Before founding Octopus in 2000, Simon spent two years working at Mercury Asset Management. He holds a first-class MA in Modern Languages from St. Andrews University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Chris Hulatt

Chris Hulatt

Founder
Octopus Group
Chris is responsible for expanding Octopus Group, particularly among institutional investors. He is also on the investment committees of several Octopus funds.

Before founding Octopus in 2000, Chris led a global equity research team 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 Handcock

Ruth Handcock

Chief Executive Officer
Octopus Investments
Ruth oversees and is responsible for retail fundraising, growth and innovation, and the centres of expertise (central support services) across Octopus Investments.

Ruth joined Octopus in 2018 from Tandem Bank, where she was Chief Customer Officer and Chief of Staff.

Ruth holds a first-class MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and is the founder of a charity which provides schooling for underprivileged children in Sierra Leone.

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Jonathan Digges

Jonathan Digges

Chief Investment Officer
Octopus Investments
Jonathan oversees the investment strategy of the six investment businesses which form the
Octopus fund management group.

He joined Octopus in February 2015 as Product Head for Octopus Inheritance Tax Service. Before joining Octopus, Jonathan ran a team at Lloyds that looked after the bank’s non-core equity portfolio.

Jonathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has an MA in Geography from the University of Oxford.

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Paul Latham

Paul Latham

Head of Tax Products
Octopus Investments
Paul joined Octopus in 2005 and spends much of his time focused on tax-efficient investments and generating new ideas for investment products.

He is also the Chief Executive of Fern Trading Ltd, the UK’s largest commercial-scale producer of solar energy.

Paul has extensive general management and consulting experience, gained at companies including Brakes, Capital One, NatWest and Kingfisher. He also holds a first-class degree from Imperial College.
Kirstie Hawton

Kirstie Hawton

Head of People
Octopus Group
Kirstie is responsible for anything related to people and culture within the Octopus Group.

Her main priority is making Octopus a great place to work, ensuring all employees are treated fairly and equally.

Kirstie joined Octopus in 2010 and has seen the company grow enormously in this time.

Previously, she worked at Virgin Atlantic for 22 years where she was responsible for
setting up global Contact Centres across the Virgin network.