The Team

David Crozier
Senior Financial Planner
David has given wealth management advice since 1994, and launched Navigator Financial Planning in 2004.  He was: the first fee-based financial planner in Northern Ireland; the first Certified Financial Planner Read More
Gavin Johnson
Financial Planning Analyst
Gavin joined Navigator as a Chartered Financial Planner in 2017 and is based out of our Hertfordshire office in England. Gavin has been providing independent financial advice to discerning clients Read More
Dale Kirkpatrick
Financial Planner
Dale may be your lead financial planner, helping you understand the things that are most important to you, and making sure that you are on track to achieve them. He Read More
John Sloan
Financial Planner
John has been giving financial advice since 2007, starting his career with an international firm of Stockbrokers & Financial Advisers.  He then moved into private practice for 5 years and Read More
Harriette McKnight
Client Experience Manager
Harriette is our ‘front of house’ lady – probably the person you first speak to at Navigator, and your first point of contact on an ongoing basis. She makes sure Read More
Frank Nolan
Operations Manager
While our planning and analysis team looks after our clients, Frank looks after the running of our business. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1990, Frank Read More
Gail Crozier
Accounts and Administration
Gail helps ensure Navigator clients are looked after, and that the Navigator team get paid – a key role! After nearly 30 years in the banking sector, she can now be Read More

History

David started Navigator in 2004 with a view to serving needs of a limited number of discerning clients, who valued his expertise, and particularly the confidence in their futures he could provide with proper financial planning.

The stories of some of those clients can be found here; time, space, and confidentiality limit what we can say about them – however, the overriding statement that can be made is that they are an honour and privilege to look after. We take pride in what we do, and in who we do it for.

Navigator was the first fee-based financial planning practice in Northern Ireland, and in the first cohort of Northern Irish firms to be accredited by the IFP. David was also the first Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in the Province and was in the inaugural group of Chartered Financial Planners, all of which demonstrates his extensive technical knowledge, especially in investments and inheritance tax. This commitment to the ongoing development of expertise, service, and experience for clients is still one of our core values – ‘Navigator will always keep looking for better ways.’

Today, there’s a lot more to Navigator than David. Since 2010 the current team has been taking shape, bringing a variety of talent to bear for our clients’ benefit. We take the view that our ‘team effort’, with specialists looking at the component parts of our client service, will always have a much greater impact than relying on generalists. This is the same view that we take with our professional connections, whose support we continue to value.

Although we only trademarked our Personal CFO proposition in January 2015, in reality this is nothing new. We’ve always existed to take care of clients’ financial affairs, letting them as the ‘Chief Executive’ get on with what they do best. Now we explain it better as well.

In Summer 2015, Navigator moved into a new Warrenpoint office, with more private client meeting rooms, more space for the team, and – of course – a beautiful view of Carlingford lough. You’d be very welcome.

 

This info-graphic was put together at our ten year anniversary; we’ve included it here because we still really like it – here’s to ten more years!

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Why Navigator?

CLIENTS

Reviews and Ratings for Financial adviser David Crozier, Belfast

Our client satisfaction is of absolute paramount importance to us. One of the ways we get client feedback is through Vouchedfor, or The ‘TripAdvisor for professional advisors’ as it is otherwise known. We’re proud of the consistently high reviews, and the resulting awards we’ve received.

REGULATORS

Navigator was in the first cohort of Northern Irish firms to be awarded an accreditation by the Institute of Financial Planning. The IFP assesses all Accredited Firms on an annual basis to ensure that they continue to meet the highest professional and ethical standards. You can find out more about the IFP’s accreditation criteria and process here.

MEDIA

The service that we offer our clients, and the competence that backs it up, have been recognised with a number of industry awards and nominations since the company was formed in 2004.

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Professional
Connections

As well as our core capability as financial planners, our strengths also lie in the network of experts we can call upon in other fields. Being able to co-ordinate the specialist accountants and lawyers we work with to meet our clients’ needs allows us to remove huge amounts of hassle for everybody involved. Learn more about our professional connections here.

Professional Connections

Why are professional connections so important to Navigator?

Our network helps clients get a better service

Financial planning doesn’t exist in a vacuum – neither should financial planners. We take the view that our clients get a better service, and we have a more rounded view of the world, if we work closely with a network of professionals in related fields.

 

What does this network include?

Financial, legal and business support

Clients have told us they want a one-stop shop, but with the best advice. We have developed a network that gives access to technical experts in:

  • Specialist pensions advice
  • Specialist taxation advice
  • Property investing
  • Estate Planning
  • Mortgage and other finance
  • Specialist investment instruments
  • Risk insurance

 

Why does it work?

Increased specialisation and communication

Having one co-ordinated team drastically reduces the hassle involved. Crucially it also allows the people who are the best for the job to be brought in – why keep things in-house when there’s an expert on hand? We don’t pretend to be able to draft wills or do our clients’ tax returns – but we know plenty of people who can.

 

 

What’s in it for professional connections?

Deeper client relationships

Good financial planners know their clients’ ongoing needs. Where these have legal and accounting implications, they can be addressed in context, rather than as a mere transaction. A solicitor or accountant is able to do the essentials more easily, deliver more value, and build a better relationship through more interaction as part of the team.

 

What next?

Talk to us

We thoroughly enjoy the sharing of perspectives that comes with working with a solicitor, accountant or other service provider that’s at the top of their game. If you would like to work alongside us, please get in touch. We’d be happy to swap expertise, and make introductions where appropriate.

What is EBIS?

Our investment research and development group

Navigator is one of the founder members of the Evidence Based Investment Solutions (EBIS) group. EBIS was formed in 2008 by nine people who each run their own high quality independent wealth management boutiques across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, representing approximately £400 million of funds under management.

 

What is the purpose of EBIS?

Educating anyone who will listen about evidence-based investment

The purpose of the group is to put the case for a smarter way of investing – based on evidence from academic research around the world – and to provide a central resource for sharing our investment philosophy with a wider audience.

 

What motivates EBIS?

Protecting our clients and our reputation from flawed industry practices.

The investment management business in the UK continues to provide massive increases in wealth. Unfortunately, most of this is transferred from investors’ pockets to those of the fund management industry itself in the form of bonuses, commissions, fees and other expenses. EBIS members have a completely different approach.

 

How does EBIS function as Navigator’s investment committee?

Pooling experience and intellectual capital

In order to provide a good and consistent investment experience it is necessary to apply a structured and disciplined process to the construction of investment portfolios.

This process should consider each asset class and sub-class, examine the evidence for and against holding it, and recommend whether it is likely to add risk-adjusted return to portfolios.

Model portfolios should then be tested for the most appropriate combination of each asset class, using the latest developments in Modern Portfolio Theory. Finally, the funds available in each asset class need to be reviewed against a range of criteria, including cost and how well it fills its brief.

The EBIS investment committee’s role is to identify and present the evidence the group needs to make asset allocation and fund decisions for their clients’ portfolios. Our experience and intellectual capital are combined to produce what we believe are some of the most rigorously researched portfolios available.

 

How do clients benefit from EBIS?

Member firms are far more capable together than in isolation

EBIS is also an ongoing research and development organisation, meeting regularly to share best practice ideas and processes between our businesses. This co-operation allows us to gain and pass on to clients a more rounded view of Financial Planning than we would be able to as an individual firm.