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Sally Tennant OBE

Founder

Acorn Capital Advisers

London, UK

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Sally Tennant’s Biography

Sally Tennant is the founding partner of Acorn Capital Advisers, an experienced Non-Executive Director and a private banking expert.

As a trusted adviser to high net worth families, Sally is a Non-Executive Director of B-FLEXION Group Holdings SA (previously known as Waypoint Capital) and of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., the listed holding company of the Canaccord Genuity group, and of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Limited, its principal U.K. wealth management subsidiary, and plays an active role within Canaccord Genuity’s Advisory Programme for Women.

Sally has considerable CEO experience and is expert at developing and implementing growth strategies, building high-performance teams, ensuring robust operating platforms and putting in place strong investment structures. She was Chief Executive Officer of Schroders Private Banking, Lombard Odier (UK) Ltd, and Kleinwort Benson. Earlier in her career, Sally was in asset management at S G Warburg/Mercury Asset Management, Morgan Grenfell Asset Management and Gartmore plc. She also co-launched Beaumont Capital, a hedge fund, and has profound...
Sally Tennant is the founding partner of Acorn Capital Advisers, an experienced Non-Executive Director and a private banking expert.

As a trusted adviser to high net worth families, Sally is a Non-Executive Director of B-FLEXION Group Holdings SA (previously known as Waypoint Capital) and of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., the listed holding company of the Canaccord Genuity group, and of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Limited, its principal U.K. wealth management subsidiary, and plays an active role within Canaccord Genuity’s Advisory Programme for Women.

Sally has considerable CEO experience and is expert at developing and implementing growth strategies, building high-performance teams, ensuring robust operating platforms and putting in place strong investment structures. She was Chief Executive Officer of Schroders Private Banking, Lombard Odier (UK) Ltd, and Kleinwort Benson. Earlier in her career, Sally was in asset management at S G Warburg/Mercury Asset Management, Morgan Grenfell Asset Management and Gartmore plc. She also co-launched Beaumont Capital, a hedge fund, and has profound experience dealing with multi-generational families and family businesses in a diverse range of ways. Sally was Chair of Style Analytics, the investment portfolio analytics company, and a board member of Ledunfly SA. In addition, she was a Non-Executive Director of Fiorucci, the iconic fashion brand, and Vice Chair of the Paladin Capital Group Advisory Board.

Sally is a highly regarded public speaker and opened London Business School’s 13th Annual Women in Business Conference. Her humanitarian work includes Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, where she is a Trustee, Vice Chair and Chairs the Childhood Obesity Programme, and Tommy’s the baby charity, where she is a Patron. In 2018, Sally was presented with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to research into stillbirths and miscarriages.
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Sally Tennant’s Newsfeed

Family Capital
Six steps to maximising a successful family office CEO/CIO hire

In an article for Family Capital, Sally Tennant, Founder of Acorn Capital Advisers, discusses her six steps to maximising the success of family office Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer hire.

Family Capital
Waking up a billionaire – a sanity checklist

In this article for Family Capital, Sally Tennant OBE, founding partner of Acorn Capital Advisers, discusses success and personal wealth. She explores how you can manage and expand your wealth as well as the ten-point checklist of risk factors.

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Sally Tennant’s Background

Acorn Capital Advisers
Founder
2016 - Present
London, UK
Acorn Capital Advisers was founded in 1998 by Sally Tennant. The organisation is an independent wealth management adviser whose clients are ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices.
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Kleinwort Benson
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Jan 2011 - Apr 2014
London, UK
Now owned by Société Générale, Kleinwort Benson was a top financial services company and private bank. It became Kleinwort Hambros in 2016.
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Current Board Positions

Canaccord Genuity
Non-Executive Director
2019 - Present
Toronto, CA
Established in 1950, Canaccord Genuity is a Canadian listed wealth management and capital markets group with a global presence. Throughout the years, it has been driven by unwavering dedication to building lasting client relationships by generating value for their clients.
B-FLEXION Group Holdings SA
Non-Executive Director
2017 - Present
Geneva, CH
A family business enterprise, B-FLEXION Group Holdings SA (previously Waypoint Capital) invests in medical technologies, healthcare and asset management, including property.
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Previous Board Positions

Hargreaves Property Holdings Ltd
Non-Executive Director
Oct 2020 - Dec 2021
Hargreaves Property Holdings Ltd is a property investment and development company.
Style Analytics
Chair
2016 - 2021
London, UK
Style Analytics provides solutions to identify the real drivers of investment portfolios with informative analysis of performance, risk and style metrics.
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Philanthropy

Tommy's
Patron
2016 - Present
London, UK
Tommy's is a medical research charity. The mission of the charity is to save the lives of babies by funding research and providing information on the prevention and causes of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.
Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation
Vice Chair, Trustee, Audit & Investment Committee Member Chair, Childhood Obesity Programme
2013 - Present
London, UK
Located in London, Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation is an independent charity that is dedicated to building a healthier society.

Media

Taking the Right Risks - the Art and Science of Impact Across the Spectrum
Panel Discussion
Nov 2021
London, UK
In a partnership with PCD Club, Acorn Capital Advisers hosts a panel discussion to examine the challenges and risks of implementing an impact strategy.

Interviews

The Hot Seat with Sally Tennant
Interviewed
Oct 2021
London, UK
Sally joins David Bell in the Hot Seat to discuss the need to hold a holistic portfolio. When it comes to private equity investments, Sally encourages family offices to hold a reserve. If the income requirements of your client change, they need a plan to access funds even if their investments are locked up.

Publications

Making DE&I part of your DNA
Author
May 2022
London, UK
Sally discusses the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) and why she believes this should be at the forefront of any company.
Six steps to maximising a successful family office CEO/CIO hire
Author
Jan 2022
London, UK
Sally Tennant shares her six steps to maximising the success of family office Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer hires in an article for Acorn Capital Advisers.
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Academic Appointments

Mentore
Mentor
London, UK
A bespoke mentoring service, Mentore is designed to provide companies with solutions by placing their most talented employees with senior mentors to enhance their performance and unlock their potential.

Speaking Engagements

London Business School, Women in Business Conference
Speaker
London, UK
Sally was the Keynote Speaker at the 13th Annual Women in Business Conference in London. Click logo for link.

Sally Tennant’s Education

University of Durham
BA (Hons) Politics
1974 - 1977

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