colonel Nick Cowley, MBE - CO-Founder

Nick studied at Wellington College and Nottingham University, after which he joined the British Army. During his Army career he has conducted multiple tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.  In 2016 Nick completed a Masters in Strategy in the US and he commanded The Queen’s Royal Hussars from 2017 - 2019.  Nick was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 2009 and an MBE in 2015.



rupert Taylor - CO-Founder

Rupert studied at Wellington College (1991-1996) and Durham University, after which he began a career in finance. Rupert spent 13 years working for a number of investment banks, including Cazenove, Lehman Brothers and Nomura, working in equities and trading. Since 2014 Rupert has set up a number of small businesses is also an active investor in early stage companies. He is presently CEO of financial data company called Brismo. He continues to live in London, his home town, and is happy to extol the virtues of life in the capital to anyone who will listen. 


naomi ambrose - Ceo

Naomi joined The Talent Tap as CEO in 2018 just before the summer programme, and hit the ground running! Previously Naomi was a Director at Fisher Productions one of the UK’s leading event production companies where she worked for 8 years. She is also a Director of Dust Architecture which she founded with her husband in 2010 and is well versed in setting up and running small businesses.

Naomi’s role at The Talent Tap is to hone it and grow it! She brings passion and energy to the position, along with strong organisation skills and cross industry knowledge from her time in the event industry, designing communication strategies for corporate clients.

Naomi has 3 children, likes to run and sail and loves a challenge!


Simon Francis

Simon is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Leveraged Finance at Citibank. He sits on the Capital Markets Executive Committee. He was previously a Managing Director in a similar role at Credit Suisse.

Simon has a BA from Cambridge University in economics and attended Wellington College.

He is a passionate believer in Education in the UK and is on the board of trustees for The Aldridge Foundation. He has been involved with The Talent Tap for 6 years.



Jo is a Director at Freuds, a London based Public Relations agency.  She specialises in crisis and issues management as well as personal reputation management and heads up a team providing 24/7 strategic counsel for individuals both celebrities and CEOs. She currently looks after Sir Mo Farah, Heston Blumenthal and David Haye amongst others.

 Jo entered PR through a graduate recruitment scheme after gaining a degree in Economic and Social History at Bristol University. 



Rob Easton, Global Account Director for Amazon Web Services. He joined Amazon in April 2016, managing some of the world's leading Oil and Gas customers. Rob began his career joining the HP graduate program, learning everything possible about sales and marketing across the IT industry.

In 2013, Rob moved to Google to head up the UK&I Cloud business building a solid team partnering with many system integrators and VC investors. In 2015, Rob was brought in by a startup DataStax as Vice President of Northern EMEA, leading a successful team over a 15 month period.

Outside of work, Rob is a keen golfer, skier, squash player and along with his wife Rebecca they have 2 girls to keep entertained. Rob holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering from Nottingham University and studied at Wellington College from 1990 to 1995.