Investment Team

Dr Sandy Nairn is the Executive Director of Global Opportunities Trust plc

Sandy Nairn BSc, PhD, ASIP, CFA, FRSE

Executive Director

Dr Sandy Nairn was the lead portfolio manager of the Global Opportunities Trust plc from its launch in 2003. Since the Company became self-managed in 2022, he has been the Company’s Executive Director with responsibility for the management of the Company’s portfolio. He is an experienced professional investor who has won multiple performance awards for the management of global equity portfolios and is also the author of three original books about investment.

Sandy was a founder and CEO of the independent investment boutique Edinburgh Partners established in 2003. The business was subsequently sold to Franklin Templeton Investments in 2018, and he served there as chairman of the Templeton Global Equity Group until July 2022.

Before founding Edinburgh Partners, he was chief investment officer of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, from 2000 to 2003, and executive vice president and director of Global Equity Research at Templeton Investment Management, from 1990 to 2000. Before joining Templeton Investment Management, Sandy spent four years at Murray Johnstone as a portfolio manager and research analyst.

In 2001 Sandy published his first book, Engines that Move Markets: Technology Investing from Railroads to the Internet and Beyond, a history of past and present technology bubbles.  In 2012 he co-authored, with Jonathan Davis, Templetons Way With Money, an in-depth analysis of the ideas and methods of the legendary investor Sir John Templeton.

His most recent book, published in 2021, is The End of the Everything Bubble: Why $75 trillion of investor wealth is in mortal jeopardy, which presciently warned investors about an imminent severe decline in both stock and bond markets, something that duly occurred in 2022. You can find out more about his books from his author website (

Sandy Nairn graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1982 and in 1985 was awarded a PhD in Economics from the University of Strathclyde/Scottish Business School and has been a CFA charterholder since 1992. In 2020 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a significant personal shareholder in the Global Opportunities Trust.

Goodhart Partners

Global Opportunities Trust has entered into a strategic relationship with Goodhart Partners LLP (“Goodhart”) through which Goodhart will introduce opportunities in private markets to the Company. As part of this strategic relationship, Goodhart also provides investment sub-advisory services to the Company to assist Dr Nairn in managing the global listed equities mandate and the FX arrangements.