Tim Crockford joined Hermes in 2009 as a research analyst for the European Equities team covering the resources, oil & gas, agricultural chemicals, capital goods and the technology sector. He became lead portfolio manager of the Hermes Europe ex-UK Equity Fund in 2015 and joined Andrew Parry in forming the Impact team in August 2016, which launched the Hermes Impact Opportunities Fund in December 2017, which Tim also manages. Prior to joining Hermes, Tim worked at Execution Limited from July 2006 as a primary research analyst working on major projects in the consumer, retail and financial services sectors and then joined Sourcecap as an analyst in May 2008. Tim was raised and educated in Malta and graduated from the University of Malta in 2006 with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) degree, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 2016, Tim featured in Financial News’s ‘40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management’, an editorial selection pick of the brightest up-and-coming men and women in the industry.
In our Q3 Impact Report, we explore next-generation sequencing and explain how two portfolio holdings in this field are generating positive impacts that support the delivery of the third United Nations Sustainable Development Goal – Good Health and Well-Being.
The Hermes Impact Opportunities Fund is a high-conviction global equity strategy with a bold objective. It aims to generate long-term outperformance by investing in companies succeeding in their core purpose: to generate value by creating positive and sustainable change that addresses the underserved needs of society and the environment. In this way, it focuses on tomorrow’s leading companies, today. In our Q2 Impact Report, we explain how two portfolio holdings – a global logistics company and a European bank – are generating positive social and environmental changes that support the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We also introduce a new theme to help inform our stock selection: food security, which addresses the need to ensure productive farmlands for current and future generations.
Sensing the future: how Valeo drives intelligent mobility
The global market for automotive sensors is worth more than $26bn – and that figure is expected to jump to $43bn by 2021. In the second instalment of our three-part series on future mobility, we explore how intelligent vehicles can improve safety, increase efficiency and cut emissions. Modern cars are already getting smarter: they can detect and respond to hazardous situations, such as another vehicle slowing suddenly ahead or a pedestrian about to cross the road, by using sensor technology.
Sensors are increasingly being used in vehicles as the automotive industry attempts to meet evolving efficiency standards and environmental regulations. Today, vehicles have an average of between 60-100 sensors on board – and recent industry figures suggest that this number is likely to grow to as much as 200, based on current trends.
Sensor technology will therefore play an integral role in modernising transportation.