The Blacktower Group was formed in 1986 to provide independent wealth management advice and a bespoke service for both individual and corporate clients. Having celebrated over 30 years in business, BFMI’s independent financial advisers continually keep pace with the changing needs of their customers, regulations and legislation. They are led by their Group Managing Director, John Westwood, one of the founders of the firm. BFMI now has offices throughout Europe and in the Cayman Islands and is continuing with its expansion programme. Their International Head Office is located in Gibraltar, UK Office in Surrey and Caribbean Office in Grand Cayman.
Prior to founding Blacktower in 1986, John worked with Schroder Financial Management and became one of their leading advisers based in London. John has more than 30 years' experience in the financial services industry and is responsible for leading the Blacktower Group into the International Market, opening the first non-UK office in Portugal’s Algarve region in 1999.
During 2010 John formed Nexus Global IFA Network with the aim of providing a comprehensive licensing, compliance and support network to other IFA organisations, wishing to passport services throughout Europe and beyond.
John is a highly experienced financial adviser with a substantial degree of knowledge of both the UK and European financial services and taxation matters. In addition to John’s corporate duties as Managing Director of the Blacktower Group, he continues to provide advice to many high net worth clients within Europe and international markets.
Brandon S Ure
Brandon currently assumes the role of Regional Manager with Blacktower since 2014. Outside of the managerial role, he provides private clients active portfolio management and execution only trading services. Further, he partners with local institutions on a consultancy basis advising on liquid and illiquid investments and strategies to monetize those assets.
Previously, Brandon worked at two small boutique investment firms in Cayman, was financial adviser with Morgan Stanley in Chicago, Illinois managing the investment portfolios for local area credit unions, and assisted UHNW individuals and family offices with brokerage services at Northern Trust. He brings more than ten years of portfolio management experience
Dominic Tayler is a skilled Asset Manager with over twenty years experience in handling portfolios for charitable organisations, pension funds and private clients. Currently an Executive Director of Quilter Cheviot Asset Management, one of the UK’s largest independently owned investment firms, Dominic also serves as a Governor of Downside School in Somerset and Trustee of the Patrick and Helena Frost Foundation. Dominic has also been involved with Alexandra Rose Charity for over 25 years.