The Team

John Westwood

Group Managing Director

John has been in the Financial Services Industry for over 30 years, working originally for Schroder Financial Management until he co-founded the Blacktower Group in 1986. John specialises in developing successful financial management businesses within the UK and international market place.

Robert Mancera


Responsible for the overall day-to-day running of the business, including regulation, compliance and corporate governance, Robert has over 28 years in the Financial Services Industry in various roles and with responsibilities including Head of Retail for the NatWest Bank in Gibraltar.

Paul Brown

Head of Nexus

Paul has been in Financial Services since 1986, starting with Crown Life in London before moving to The Netherlands in 1991 as a partner of a financial services consultancy then starting his own business in 1996. Paul has continued to support and manage financial advisers for nearly 20 years since and started his journey with the Blacktower Group when working with John Westwood on creating the Nexus IFA network in 2011.

Claire Irvine

Relationship Manager

Claire has worked in the financial services industry since 2009 and originally joined Blacktower in 2013 as the main point of contact for a large network of International Advisors. After taking a new role to expand her skill set into Account Management, she has returned to the Blacktower Group, now working with Nexus Global as a Relationship Manager. She strongly believes in building strong relationships based on trust and understanding, allowing for fluid communication between all parties involved. With a long-standing background in service-based roles, Claire is able to encompass her best skills to assist you in reaching your business goals.

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