Westminster Asset Management are independent private client asset managers.
We provide investment solutions to high net worth individuals and family offices, and their advisers, with an emphasis on capital preservation and clear achievement of objectives combined with a highly personalised service. Our asset management service provides rigorously executed investment strategies underpinned by a thorough investment process that focuses on a number of core fixed income, equity and multi-asset solutions.
As a Westminster Asset Management client you will benefit from the diverse perspectives, skills and professional experience of our hand-picked team. Together we have many years’ investment market experience, supported by state-of-the-art systems and access to industry leading information sources.
Chief Executive & Chief Investment Officer
Darren joined Westminster Asset Management as CEO & CIO following a management buy-in. He has 30 years’ experience of investment and money markets. He was previously CEO of Brooks Macdonald International following the acquisition of DPZ Capital, a private client asset management boutique he founded in 2007. Previously he was Managing Director of HSBC Asset Management (International) Limited. He has extensive experience in managing and advising on the investments of wealthy individuals and families, trusts, charities, pensions and institutions.
Darren has a BSc (Hons) from UMIST and
is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a Chartered Wealth
Manager and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and
Phone:+44 (0)1534 761701
Senior Investment Director
Simon began his career in the investment industry in 1987 holding roles with Newton Investment Management, Le Masurier James and Chin and HSBC Asset Management. In 2007 he joined DPZ Capital and subsequently transferred to Brooks Macdonald in 2014 following its acquisition. Simon joined Westminster in September 2021 and was appointed to the board in October 2021.
Simon has extensive experience managing the investment affairs of wealthy individuals, families, charities and trusts with a special focus on the management of fixed interest and credit portfolios, most recently a £500 million fixed interest fund.
Simon is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities and Investment Institute and holds the CISI Diploma and the Investment Management Certificate.
Phone:+44 (0) 1534 761706
Senior Investment Director
Ben is a Senior Investment Director with Westminster Asset Management. He has over 40 years of private client investment management experience both in Jersey and London including senior roles with UBS and Morgan Stanley Quilter. Prior to joining Westminster he ran a boutique private client investment management business based in Jersey.
Ben has extensive experience in managing private client portfolios and applying independent analysis of economic and market conditions to asset allocation. During a six-year political career, Ben was elected as Senator, holding positions such as Minister for Health and Social Services, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, and President of the Chairman’s Committee. He currently Chairs, in an honorary capacity, a number of local charities, and writes a weekly column for the Jersey Evening Post newspaper.
Ben is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments as well as former President of the Jersey Branch.
Phone:+ 44 (0) 1534 761705
Peter is an acknowledged leader in asset allocation and fixed income markets. His career spans over 30 years of hands-on money management, and includes roles with Ashburton, RBC and Rathbones. As well as his role at Westminster Asset Management, he is lead investment manager in a single-family office and a non-executive director with Concentric, a financial planning and wealth advisory business.
Phone:+44 (0)1534 616818
Mike joined Westminster Asset management as in investment director in January 2022. He has 40 years’ experience in investment markets. He was previously an investment director at Brooks Macdonald International following the acquisition of DPZ Capital, a private client asset management boutique founded in 2007 where he joined in 2008. He has many years’ experience managing and advising on the investments of wealthy individuals, families, trusts and pensions.
Mike is a holder of the Securities Institute Diploma and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
Phone:+44 (0) 1534 761231
Nick has extensive experience of managing direct equities, exchange traded funds and multi asset portfolios. He has managed investments for over 30 years, most recently as Acting Head of Ashburton Investments’ offshore portfolio management team, offering portfolio management services to intermediaries, UHNW clients and to FirstRand Wealth subsidiaries. He was formerly head of US equities, and lead manager of the Ashburton Americas fund, which received recognition from S & P and PlexCrown rating agencies. Prior to this he provided discretionary and advisory investment services with Collins Stewart Asset Management (C.I.) and Quilter and Co.
Nick is a Chartered Wealth Manager and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and also holds the Investment Management Certificate.
Phone:+44 (0)1534 761707
Deputy Chief Investment Officer
Jonathan Schiessl is the Deputy CIO and lead manager of the Asian Equity strategy, accompanied by an experienced team at Westminster Asset Management. He conceptualised, launched and was the lead manager of various equity strategies across Asia since the late 1990’s at other companies. A previous holder of a AAA Citywire fund manager rating, Jonathan has received various performance awards. He was the Chief Investment Officer at Ashburton International, and more recently managed an Indian equity fund as well as taking responsibility for the introduction ESG factors into the investment process at IIFL Asset Management.
Phone:+44 (0) 1534 761709
Senior Investment Manager
Emma has joined Westminster as a Senior Investment Manager and has over 20 years experience in financial services. She has extensive experience in Wealth Management and has a proven track record in managing and developing relationships with both high net worth private clients and financial intermediaries. Her previous roles include working as a Private Banker at SH Hambros, a Wealth Manager at RBC CI Ltd on the Private Client side, and more recently as a Client Advisor at UBS working with Financial Intermediaries in both the local and UK market. She holds the CISI level 6 PCIAM qualification, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute.
Phone:+44 (0) 1534 761230
Gary has been working with direct investments since 2016, specifically as part of a team that managed a Global Equity Fund where he gained significant investment management experience, including options and derivatives strategies. Prior to this Gary started his professional career with KPMG providing US, UK and Jersey tax compliance and advice to individuals, multinational corporates and funds.
Gary has a Masters’ Degree in Physics, holds the Private Client Investment Advice & Management certificate, Investment Advice Diploma and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Phone:+44 (0)1534 761708
Chief Operating Officer
Miguel de Miguel
Miguel joined Westminster Asset Management as Chief Operating Officer in July 2021. He has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked in the global investment banking, hedge fund and private client wealth management sectors. Prior to joining Westminster Asset Management, he was Director of Risk, Governance and Legal at Brooks Macdonald International.
Miguel has held a number of senior executive positions within risk, legal and compliance, including Director and Head of Compliance at LGT Vestra Jersey, Head of Legal and Compliance at DPZ Capital Limited, COO of a local hedge fund business and Company Secretary at Morgan Stanley, Europe. He has extensive experience in business risk management, regulatory compliance and corporate acquisitions (having most recently led the legal, risk and regulatory workstream’s of Brooks Macdonald International’s acquisition of the £1bn Lloyds Bank International Wealth Management and Funds businesses).
Miguel is an Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute.
Phone:+44 (0) 1534 761704
Head of Operations
Paul has significant experience in
developing and delivering private client asset management propositions.
Previous roles have included Business Development Director at LGT Vestra Jersey
and Head of Investor Solutions at Brooks Macdonald following the acquisition of
DPZ Capital, where he was integral in developing the international adviser
proposition and the development of the investment management and client
relationship management systems. Paul
brings a wealth of global experience in implementing customer centric
Phone:+44 (0)1534 761702
Mark has over 35 years’ experience working in the finance industry including treasury, private banking and wealth management as both a relationship manager and investment advisor with Deutsche Bank, DPZ Capital and Standard Chartered, developing relationships and providing investment advice to private clients, intermediaries and family offices. He spent the 3 years prior to Westminster working for Standard Chartered Private Bank in Singapore where he successfully designed and implemented their Global Sales Analytics platform.
Mark holds the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice & Management and the ACI Diploma.
Phone:+44 (0)1534 761703
Richard is a non-executive director of Westminster Asset Management Limited. Outside of this Richard’s primary role is as a Director of WGT Limited, which manages the Jersey based Westminster Group, whose assets include Public Securities, Private Equity, Real Estate, Structured Debt and Aviation interests. He has been working for the Group since 2014 and prior to joining WGT Limited, Richard worked for Capita PLC managing teams within their corporate, custody and registrar departments. Richard is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Westminster Asset Management is an independent, owner-managed, private client asset management boutique focused on managing your money and delivering the right solutions for you.
Every member of our team is on a path to ownership of the business and is committed to our long-term sustainability and success by putting your interests first and foremost.
We know that by doing a great job for you, we will collectively benefit and our business will prosper.
We are pragmatic investors who look to question consensus thinking and who approach money management with an absolute focus on meeting the objectives of our clients.
We understand what investment risk means to our clients and we manage this all the way through our philosophy and approach.
Resisting short-term fads and market noise, we look for enduring structural trends and then find investments which will benefit from that change. The market’s short-term focus creates opportunities for those willing and able to focus on underlying business fundamentals.
We use a combination of fundamental, technical and behavioural approaches to valuation and do so from a relative and absolute basis.
We believe in a disciplined investment approach, which is focused on the long term, within a strict risk management framework.
With our consensus-challenging approach and varied perspectives, we seek to balance opportunities and potential risks to make sure our clients’ wealth is preserved for the future and enhanced over the long term.