Aston Lark expands key division with latest purchase

Peter Blanc reveals division's "world-class" ambitions

Aston Lark expands key division with latest purchase

Mergers & Acquisitions

By Mia Wallace

Aston Lark – a Howden company – has today revealed that George Seatter (pictured) will be coming onboard as client director within its Private Client division, bringing the client base he developed whilst a partner at Vizion. Laura Coles will also join Aston Lark as an account executive, working alongside Seatter.

In a Press release, Aston Lark noted that Vizion, which was launched in January 2017 by Chris Blackham and John Sims, is a boutique insurance broker which supports entrepreneurial insurance professionals looking to run their own broking businesses. Seatter was the first partner to join Vizion at launch.

Commenting on the news, Peter Blanc, Aston Lark group CEO, said: “I’m delighted to have George and Laura on board to further strengthen our existing private client and HNW capabilities. We are on a journey towards creating a world-class Howden Private Client division which brings together the best of our operations from across the Aston Lark and A-Plan businesses.”

John Sims, Vizion chairman & CEO also commented on Seatter’s move and said it has been “a pleasure” to support the experienced HNW specialist both personally and professionally. He added that Vizion’s model is designed to support professionals like Seatter in building their businesses and operates on the premise that a day will come when its partners will look to move on.

“[That] time has come for George,” he said. “Aston Lark has a fine reputation in the market and, as sad as we are to see them go, we believe this is a good home for George, Laura and their clients.”

Seatter said: “I’m very grateful for the support and the opportunity provided by John and the Vizion team. It’s been amazing being part of a brilliant, award-winning business.

“I’m excited to now be joining Aston Lark and Howden, at an important time in their business growth, and really pleased that Laura is also joining which will help us to continue providing outstanding service to our clients.”

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