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Global Innovation team

Meet the team

The Global Innovation team is co-headed by James Dowey and Storm Uru, who are supported by Clare Pleydell-Bouverie and James O'Connor. James Dowey and Storm Uru jointly founded the Global Innovation investment process and are the lead managers of the Liontrust Global Innovation, Liontrust Global Dividend and Liontrust Global Technology funds. The four managers joined Liontrust as part of the acquisition of Neptune Investment Management in October 2019. James Dowey has 18 years of industry experience and holds degrees in economics from Edinburgh University and Cambridge University and a PhD from the London School of Economics, Storm Uru has 12 years’ industry experience and holds a degree in finance from Massey University and an MBA from Oxford University, Clare Pleydell-Bouverie has 7 years of industry experience and holds a degree in history from Oxford University and James O’Connor has 7 years of industry experience and holds a degree in psychology and economics from Harvard University and a degree in education research from Oxford university.

Our investment process

The team seeks to generate strong returns by investing in innovative companies. They believe that innovation is the single most important driver of stock returns, underpinned by three pillars:

  • Innovative companies deliver superior operational performance and shareholder returns over the long run.
  • Innovation is much more than technology and is the key to success in every sector.
  • Innovation is complementary to the traditional investment styles of value and quality, and a key part of an investment portfolio in the 21st century.

Stage 1

The team sets their investible universe to only those companies that are listed, liquid (with a market capitalisation above $1billion at the time of purchase) and have the resources to innovate (based on metrics of financial strength).

Stage 2

The team manages the Global Innovation 200 watchlist, an ever-evolving list of the most innovative companies around the world across all sectors and regions. Every company that makes it onto the list has four attributes:

  • Innovation: Creates genuine value for customers by driving down prices or providing more for its customers' money.
  • Barrier: Has strong barriers to competition to capture value for shareholders.
  • Management: Has good management with the right incentives and ability to execute.
  • Cash returns on capital: Can convert its investments in innovation into cash.

Stage 3

The team identifies the price they are willing to pay for a company using a 10-year DCF model. Their hurdle to invest is an anticipated 15% annual compound return. As part of valuation the team conducts a risk assessment, covering financial, disruptive innovation and ESG factors.

Stage 4


The team manages the portfolio based on the following principles:

  • Stock weights are determined by each stock's current valuation upside and its contribution to the diversification of the portfolio.
  • Portfolio fundamentals are monitored through management meetings, company results, and announcements and industry research.
  • The team's typical intended holding period is three to five years. Stocks are sold for three reasons: they hit their target price, a better opportunity is identified on the watchlist or there is a breakdown in fundamentals.

To read the full process, please click the button below.


Funds managed by the team

Latest Insights

James Dowey James Dowey
Animal Spirits: Using large language models to forecast US growth Fund manager James Dowey uses a large language model to build a simple model to help forecast US economic growth.
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Storm Uru Storm Uru
The rise of AI co-pilots: harnessing your personal assistant for innovation In the second of our series: 'AI - tried & tested by the Global Innovation team’, fund manager Storm Uru uses OpenAI’s generative AI model, ChatGPT, to develop his own GPT co-pilot to help prepare for our upcoming company visit.
icon 28 November 2023
Jams O'Connor James O'Connor
Firefly: a small step for AI, a giant leap for Global Innovation Global Innovation Fund Manager James O’Connor tests Adobe’s generative AI model, Firefly to send the team into virtual outer space.
icon 24 November 2023
Clare Pleydell-Bouverie Clare Pleydell-Bouverie
Netflix: A binge-worthy profit series The streaming giant is boosting profits with more members and a focus on ads
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“Innovation is the biggest driver of stocks because it is the biggest driver of success for great companies and of crushing failure for those on the wrong side of it. The evidence-base is massive and underrated. No other force can hold a candle to it.”

Awards and ratings

Fund Manager of the Year Awards 2021 IW FM of the Year Awards 2021: Global Income Liontrust Global Dividend Fund