Jonathan Hartley joins from rival broker

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High-street broker A-Plan has hired former Swinton executive Jonathan Hartley to the newly-created role of acquisitions manager.

Hartley spent 12 years at Swinton, playing a “key role” in the broker’s acquisitions strategy and completing over 100 deals at his time with the firm, A-Plan said.

The company added that Hartley’s arrival signals an acceleration of its growth strategy following the completion of private equity house Hg Capital’s acquisition of the broker earlier this year.

A-Plan chief executive Carl Shuker said: “[Hartley] has significant experience in developing and executing a successful expansion plan and with the market remaining fragmented, we see significant opportunities to broaden our footprint and deliver A-Plan’s leading levels of service to an even larger number of clients.

“His specialist expertise will help further position us as an attractive partner for independent brokerages looking for a good home for their businesses, where the client’s needs remain at the heart of what we do.”

Hartley added: “Carl and the team have built an outstanding business and one that provides a strong platform for growth with the firepower of a supportive new shareholder.

“I’m excited about the prospect of working with a talented set of new colleagues to further develop A-Plan’s leading customer proposition and deliver this on an increasingly national scale.”