Andrew, described by the Financial Times as an ‘unassuming master of the universe’, forged a meteoric City career from a state-school Manchester background. Having washed cars at the weekends and learnt to love Manchester City despite their various relegations, he arrived in the City of London with a first-class economics degree just as Big Bang made a banking career possible for those without an old school tie. After Goldman Sachs, Andrew joined Caxton, the iconic hedge fund, in 2003. He became its chief investment officer in 2008 and then CEO and chairman in 2012, cementing a then-unique generational leadership transition at an established hedge fund. A dedicated meritocrat, he now helps others from state-school backgrounds to find their path to success; he is the financial backer and chairman of Speakers for Schools, and the sponsor of the Laurus Trust, a ground-breaking 9-school Multi-Academy Trust centred on his old school, Cheadle Hume High School. Unashamedly academic, the trust also promotes the Cicero Curriculum, investing in culture, creativity and rhetoric to put its students on a level playing field with the alumni of famous private schools. He hopes they will become the next generation of Mancunians to change the world.
Nicholas was born in the Dominion of Canada to a naval family of Devonian origin. He was educated in Canada, Brussels and the United Kingdom and is bilingual. He has always been politically involved, helping the social evolution and economic revolution that became Thatcherism –Margaret Thatcher remains his inspiration. His career in finance spans over 30 years; he has worked in various disciplines, including physical commodities, foreign exchange and derivatives. He is currently with Société Générale, running a Derivatives Group. Nicholas is also obsessed with fast cars and Cuban cigars. He is married to Rosalind. ‘All positive things in life start and end with my wife,’ he says. Holistically driven by his father, he would most like to speak with his sister, who was taken young by cancer. His lasting life objective is to convey a positive mental attitude through leadership and teamwork, to deliver results of every type. ‘The human race is more capable as the whole than the sum of its parts,’ he says.