Tuesday 14th September 2021

4.00pm - 8.00pm

Company Presentation CFP SDL – Free Spirit Fund

The investment objective of the Fund is to seek to maximise total returns over the long term, defined as five to ten years. The Fund will invest mainly in a portfolio of UK equities listed on the LSE or quoted on AIM/ISDX, with an emphasis on small and mid-capitalised companies.

Eric Burns, Chief Analyst

Eric has over 20 years’ experience of UK equity markets as an investment manager and analyst. He joined Sanford DeLand from WH Ireland where he was an equity analyst for more than twelve years, latterly Deputy Head of Institutional Research. In 2015, he was voted Analyst of the Year at the UK SmallCap Awards. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and sits on the Regional Advisory Group of the London Stock Exchange. Eric was appointed as Chief Analyst at Sanford DeLand in January 2020 and leads the stock research process for both the UK Buffettology and Free Spirit Funds.

David Beggs, Investment Analyst

David joined Sanford DeLand in October 2020 as an Investment Analyst. He has a First Class Degree in Economics from Newcastle University and holds the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate. David is also a Level II candidate in the CFA Program and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Company Presentation – NextEnergy Solar Fund

NextEnergy Solar Fund is a renewable energy infrastructure investment company that currently invests in operating solar power plants in the UK and Italy. The Company may invest up to 30% of its gross asset value in non-UK OECD countries, 15% in private equity structures, and 10% in standalone energy storage.  NESF currently has a diversified portfolio comprising 94 operating solar assets, primarily on agricultural, industrial, and commercial sites, with a combined installed power capacity of c.814MWp.  As at 31 March 2021, the Company had gross assets of £1,025 million, of which 88% was invested in the UK, and net assets of £581 million. The majority of long-term cash flows from its investments are inflation-linked.  NESF’s investment objective is to provide ordinary shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns, principally in the form of regular dividends, by investing in a diversified portfolio of primarily UK-based solar energy infrastructure assets. The dividend is payable quarterly, and the Company has recently announced a dividend for the year ending 31 March 2022 of 7.16p per ordinary share.

Ross Grier, Managing Director

Peter Hamid, Senior IR Associate

Peter joined the NextEnergy Capital investor relations team as a Senior Associate in January 2021, primarily focusing on our NextEnergy Solar fund, the FTSE250 investment trust.
Before this, Peter worked at strategic advisor Maitland/AMO for four years, where he advised listed companies, funds, and debt vehicles on their investor relations strategy and engagement, whilst also providing outsourced IR services.  Prior to this, Peter worked at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management for six years

Company Presentation – Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

About Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc (DORE)
DORE is a closed-end investment trust that aims to provide investors with an attractive and sustainable level of income, with an element of capital growth, by investing in a diversified portfolio of renewable energy and infrastructure assets in the UK and Northern Europe.

DORE’s strategy, which focuses on diversification by geography, technology, revenue and project stage, is designed to increase the stability of revenues and the consistency of income to shareholders. For further details please visit www.doretrust.com

About Downing LLP
Downing LLP is a London-based investment management firm. It has over 25,000 investors and has raised over £1.7 billion into businesses across a range of sectors, from renewable energy, care homes, health clubs, and children’s nurseries, to technology and sports nutrition. Downing has a demonstrable track record in renewables, having made 119 investments into solar parks, wind farms and hydroelectric plants since 2010. For further details please visit www.downing.co.uk

Tom Williams, Partner and Head of Energy and Infrastructure

Tom joined Downing as Partner in the Energy & Infrastructure team in July 2018. He heads up the team and has 20 years’ of experience as Principal and Adviser across the private equity and private debt infrastructure sectors. He trained as a Solicitor before moving into private equity, where he carried out successful transactions totalling in excess of £13 billion in the energy, utilities, transportation, accommodation and defence sectors. Tom holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Royal College of Law and both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in law from Cambridge University.

Henrik Dahlstrom, Investment Director

Henrik joined Downing in August 2020 as Investment Director in the Energy & Infrastructure division, where he leads investments in the Nordic region, an area which he has specialised in for nearly two decades.

Previous to his Downing appointment, Henrik undertook a 17-year tenure at Macquarie as a Director with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and was made Head of Nordic Region in 2015. Since 2004, Dahlström has been involved in all six of Macquarie’s diversified European infrastructure funds (Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds, MEIF).

Henrik holds a Master of Science and Major in Finance from Gothenburg School of Economic, Sweden being where he grew up.

Tom Moore, Partner and Head of Asset Management

Tom Moore joined Downing in May 2019 and is a Partner and Head of Asset Management. Tom is building our asset management functionality to provide our investors with an efficient and class leading management service. Prior to joining Downing, Tom was Director at Foresight Group, where he had oversight of a significant portfolio of renewable energy investments.


The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) was founded in 1932 to represent the interests of the investment trust industry – the oldest form of collective investment. Today, the AIC represents a broad range of investment companies, incorporating investment trusts, VCTs and other closed-end funds.

The AIC is the trade body for closed-ended investment companies. The association represents a broad range of closed-ended investment companies, incorporating investment trusts, offshore investment companies, REITs and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs).

Nick Britton

A former financial and business journalist, Nick joined the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) in 2015. He works with financial advisers and wealth managers, aiming to improve their understanding and usage of investment companies. As a journalist, Nick held roles including Editor of What Investment magazine and Head of Research at Vitesse Media, where he produced reports such as Directors’ Pay on AIM, the Cash Shells Directory, Institutional Investors in AIM and the VCT Report. He also edited the GrowthBusiness.co.uk website which is aimed at growth companies, their investors and advisers. Nick is married with three children and graduated from Cambridge University.

Company Presentation – India Capital Growth Fund

The India Capital Growth Fund (ICGF) is a closed ended Investment Company, listed on the main board of the London Stock Exchange. It follows a bottom-up long-term investment approach focused on India’s small and midcap market with a concentrated portfolio of around 30 holdings. ICGF is managed by Ocean Dial, a single country focused asset management company investing directly into India.

MoneyMakers Jonathan Davis and Simon Elliott review the Investment Trust landscape

Jonathan Davis

Editor, Money Makers

Jonathan Davis started  his career as a financial journalist on The Times, Sunday Telegraph and The Independent before qualifying as a professional investor. He is a Member of The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the author of several books on stock market investment, as well as editor of the annual Investment Trusts Handbook and a senior adviser at Saunderson House.

Simon Elliott

Head of investment trust research, Winterflood Securities

Simon Elliott has covered the investment trust sector since 2002 when he joined Winterflood Securities. Since 2008 he has headed the research team, which has been highly rated in subsequent Extel Surveys. Simon started his career with PWC, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1998, before working in industry for three years. He completed a MBA with the Cranfield School of Management in 2002.