Laurence Hulse

Investment Director

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Investors have to do something different if they are to beat the benchmark – Sir John Templeton

Laurence joined Dowgate Wealth in September 2022 as an Investment Director. Laurence started his career at Gresham House in 2015, around the time of its inception, and worked on a number of outperforming equity products as part of a small team during that time. At the time of his departure from Gresham House, he had co-managed or deputised on a number of equity funds; namely Gresham House Strategic plc (now called Rockwood Strategic plc), Strategic Public Equity Fund LP and Gresham House Smaller Companies Fund. He was awarded both AAA and AA-ratings by Citywire during this time and two of these co-managed funds achieved FE ‘5-crown’ ratings while he was part of the team working on them. During his tenure, the company grew from a handful of employees and less than £50m assets to over 200 employees and in excess of £7.0bn of assets.

Laurence joined Dowgate to pursue a long-held ambition to build and manage an investment vehicle tailored for HNWIs & Family Offices focused on special situations in the UK, which perfectly aligns with the Dowgate ethos.

As an investor, Laurence strongly believes in creating value through change; whether that be strategic, operational or personnel within a business – particularly in small and micro-cap companies where the impacts of these changes tend to be most tangible. He prides himself on working actively with the Boards and Exec teams of investments to drive shareholder value through the investment cycle. He holds a truly active approach to investment management by applying private equity techniques to publicly listed companies. His enthusiasm and drive have allowed him to successfully garner a track record of outperformance and close industry network throughout his career in the City.

A career highlight for Laurence was when he was nominated for the rising star of investment companies award in 2021. His biggest achievement away from work was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity at the age of 16. In addition to his duties as Investment Director, Laurence loves cycling, driving, and vintage cars.

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