Chief executive says move ’further strengthens existing private client and HNW capabilities’

Insurance broker Aston Lark has appointed high-net-worth (HNW) specialist George Seatter as a client director within its private client division.

A statement released today (5 June 2023) said the move will see Seatter bring the client base he developed whilst a partner at boutique insurance broker Vizion.

He was the first partner to join Vizion when it was launched in 2017 by John Sims, ex-Bluefin boss Chris Blackham and former England rugby international Jeremy Guscott.

Sims said it had “been a pleasure to support George both personally and professionally”.

“The Vizion model was designed to allow talented people like George to build their own business with our help and financial support,” he said.

“The model also allows and expects that there would come a day where a partner would want to move on and that time has come for George.”

’Strengthens capabilities’

Howden-owned Aston Lark also announced that Laura Coles had joined the firm from Vizion to work alongside Seatter as an account executive .

Peter Blanc, Aston Lark Group chief executive and head of M&A at Howden, said the duo “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,” he added.

Sims 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.”

‘Important time’

Meanwhile, Seatter said he was looking forward to joining Aston Lark.

“I’m very grateful for the support and the opportunity provided by John and the Vizion team,” he said.

“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.”