Blenkhorn Kirkwood Financial Planning is a privately owned, self licensed financial planning practice dedicated to providing a superior level of personalised advice and services to our clients. We’ve been providing financial advice to clients from all walks of life for over 20 years.
Our business is built on the fundamentals of honest and reliable advice combined with our focus on relationships. We are happy to work with other professionals such as your accountant or solicitor to help achieve your goals and objectives.
Our guidance and experience allows us to provide a strong foundation for you to make informed decisions in an environment that is subject to constant legislative changes and increasingly complex investment markets.
We deliver the highest professional standards for service and advice to produce exemplary financial outcomes for our clients.
We understand that privacy and discretion is at the core of the relationship between client and advisor.
We listen to our clients and genuinely care about their ethics, goals and plans.
Through our professional excellence, empathy and discretion, we build long lasting, trusted relationships with our clients.
Ken’s passion is to work with clients collaboratively and professionally to provide them a trusted, informed and educated opinion. He has skills that encompass all areas of financial advice including the latest industry and regulatory knowledge and expertise. His interest in financial management began in his childhood where he was heavily influenced by his Scottish father who had an aptitude for figures that he passed on to his son. The Kirkwood name comes from his Scottish roots.
Ken began his career at a top funds management firm and then worked for several prestigious wealth management companies. From there he moved to a role as a Private Client Adviser at one of Australia’s premier private wealth firms. Ken’s 20 years with the top wealth management companies and boutique ethical advice firm has provided him with invaluable experience. It was through this experience Ken realised he could run his own advice practice in a way that puts clients first to help them achieve their financial goals and successful lifestyle outcomes.
When the opportunity arose for Ken to join the Blenkhorns he was excited at the chance to become a part-owner and Director of what is now Blenkhorn Kirkwood. Ken’s early focus on maintaining a high standard of education has seen him achieve a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Finance), a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, a Master of Commerce (Financial Planning), a Master of Taxation, and he is a Certified Financial Planner. He also has further specialist accreditations in the areas of Self-Managed Super Funds and Margin Lending. Ken is married and has a young son who helps keep him fit. He enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, along with good food and wine.
Peara recently joined Blenkhorn Kirkwood as General Manager, alongside her husband Ken Dewar.
Peara brings over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry to Blenkhorn Kirkwood having worked for leading wealth management and global professional services companies. She has a strong background in the financial sector covering financial planning and analysis, financial modelling, forecasting, and budgeting. She combines this with an insightful understanding of the key wealth management areas of superannuation, insurance, and investment.
At Blenkhorn Kirkwood, she is responsible for business management and providing financial planning and analysis to the Board of Directors. Peara is also leading a number of change projects to bring efficiencies within the business to key operational areas such as advice production, administration, client onboarding and client care.
She believes that a successful client experience is one that makes life easier, happier, and less stressful, allowing clients to focus on what’s important – family, friends, career, lifestyle and their passions.
Peara has a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Finance).
Outside of work, Peara enjoys being a mum to her energetic son.
Ken has given me sound advice since he has taken over my superannuation portfolio. He has instilled great confidence with his calm and considered manner.
Ken gave us sound advice on investments with good security and returns. He was always available when required.
Ken provided the sort of advice to us, a group of inexperienced RSL Sub-Brand committee members, that made our investment portfolio understandable. Ken visited us at our office answering questions from the committee members and gave me as the Sub-Branch Hon Treasurer, regular updates as to the progress of our portfolio. I would endorse Ken unequivocally.
Ken has always been available for me to discuss any matter regarding finance, holiday queries and is reliable, courteous, and generous with his time. I have always felt comfortable asking any questions and would highly recommend him for his knowledge and expertise. His friendly manner puts me at ease, and I wish him well in his career as a financial advisor.
I manage my own SMSF but when I need advice Ken has always provided me with his expertise in a timely manner and in ways I might not have thought of. I feel confident in the advice I have received from Ken which helps me with my concerns. There are statutory and legal issues with managing a SMSF which can be complicated, and I can rely on Ken to keep abreast of these issues and inform me of them to comply with these requirements.
I greatly respect Ken’s knowledge and integrity as my Financial Advisor. Although I have only been a client for six months, Kens advice and assistance in helping us purchase our home in the Retirement Village has been beyond the call of duty normally offered to a client by a Financial Advisor. He is a very clever and competent young man and we wish him well.
Ken advised and helped our family get started in ethical investing. He is knowledgeable, articulate, and provides excellent customer service. He consistently responds to our questions and informs us of important industry updates in a timely manner. We’ve been satisfied clients of Ken’s for years.
I’ve had my income protection policy through Blenkhorn Kirkwood since 2009. Immediately I felt greatly assured that the team had my best interests at heart. They did a great job determining and then establishing a cover best suited for my circumstances. In the time since my cover commenced, they have been very helpful with any questions and requests I have had. With a growing appreciation of their industry knowledge and professionalism during this association, I have since sought advice from the team regarding the planning of my future finances. Previously, I had a very limited understanding, and little confidence, and could easily become overwhelmed. Collectively through their great ability to communicate the complexities of financial planning, I have developed an understanding I would never have expected of myself, and now have the greatest confidence in the direction of my financial future.
Ken always made himself available and was responsive to issues or questions raised. He explained any recommendations succinctly and clearly. He always appeared knowledgeable and balanced. Plus, he was also very personable.
Ken took over our portfolio at a time when I was extremely disappointed in the level of service, advice and reporting we were receiving. I suspect I was noted as a ‘difficult’ client. Accordingly, Ken and I had some initial difficulties but, over time, Ken showed he was quite capable and able to provide the level of service and advice that I believed we were entitled to. I also suspect that Ken came to realise my initial complaints were more than likely justified. Since those early days, Ken has been on board with our trustees, and they appreciate Ken’s insight into our portfolio and generally adopt his buy/sell/keep recommendations.
Kens advice has proved to be sound and in a difficult financial market has guided us well with our investments. He is always contactable 7 days a week and if not, soon returns my call.
I have known Ken Dewar for several months as my financial advisor. During this time, I have found him to be an extremely caring person, and a good listener, who seems to understand my financial needs. I feel he is a person who genuinely has my best interests at heart. As a retiree I trust Ken to guide me through the intricacies of the financial markets and to get my money to work for me in the best possible way.
Ken took over my portfolio management in 2018.I had felt disappointed in the overall performance of my previous advisor and felt as though I was just a number, with no one keeping a good eye on my portfolio. Ken immediately showed interest, regular contact and helped me ride out the COVID crash. I am now with Ken at Blenkhorn Kirkwood Financial Planning and the continued high level of communication and care for my portfolio is maintained. Ken now has a lot more flexibility to set investment strategies that suit my needs.
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