The firm’s new hire has 13 years of experience at Deloitte as well as being involved in the merger of Aston Lark

Chartered insurance broker Aston Lark has appointed Ian Jacob to the executive leadership team in a newly created role of group chief risk officer, effective from 13 January.

He joins after a 13-year tenure at Deloitte where he was a director in the insurance regulation and strategy team, specialising in governance, regulatory strategy and compliance effectiveness.

He also advised and supported Deloitte’s board, overseeing four international mergers with other Deloitte member firms.

Jacob has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions within the insurance sector, which included the merger of Aston Lark.

The appointment follows the organisation hiring a new chief executive in Ireland from Aviva last week, as well as Goldman Sachs acquiring Aston Lark back in May last year. 

Evolving group

Jacob is recognised as an industry expert on governance and regulation, acting as a trusted adviser to both UK and international insurance groups, including the FCA and trade associations. 


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He qualified as a barrister in 2006 after training as an audit graduate, before transitioning in to regulatory consulting.

He was recently seconded to RSA as group compliance director and as head of compliance at AXA PPP Healthcare.

Jacob said that he looks forward to working at Aston Lark and developing the risk and compliance functions to meet the needs of the evolving group.

What good looks like

Peter Blanc, group chief executive at Aston Lark, added: “Our team found [Jacob] to be hugely helpful and his guidance through the regulatory landscape will be invaluable as we continue to grow.”

Ian Jacob - Group CRO Aston Lark

Ian Jacob

This, he said, is because most brokers that Aston Lark meet ”talk about the challenges of regulatory compliance and having Jacob on board will give them comfort that we can be a partner that truly knows what good looks like”.

Jacob continued: “The regulatory landscape is still changing at an unprecedented rate and Aston Lark must continue to anticipate, adapt and evolve its operations, with a ceaseless focus on good customer outcomes.

“By maintaining a compliance culture that delivers the best for our customers, regulatory compliance will support sustainable growth rather than restrict it and Aston Lark will continue to be the broker of choice for customers, insurers, employees, affiliates and other brokers that might consider Aston Lark as the ideal home for their business when the time is right.”