Lark and Aston Scott are coming together, with the aim to become the UK's most trusted chartered insurance broker.

'Aston Lark' is a top 20 independent broker and Chartered Insurance Broker placing around £256 million into the UK insurance market. We have 18 offices located around the UK and 600 staff. We are strong believers of supporting our local communities and investing in our people to continually provide expert service and advice to our wide range of clients. We deal in commercial and private clients insurance complemented with our Employee Benefit Division providing employee solutions for businesses and individuals.

Meet our Executive Team

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Stephen Lark

Stephen Lark

Exec Chairman

I followed in my father, John Lark’s, footsteps into the family business in 1988, after studying Geography and Archaeology at Exeter University. I gained experience by working in both the Private and Corporate Client sides of the business. I became a Partner in 1993, and then a Director following incorporation in 2000. I gained the ACII qualification in 1992, and have been a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Broking Faculty Board since 2008.

As the Executive Chairman of the new Aston Lark, I have specific responsibility for Group Marketing, HR and the Employee Benefit division. For me, it’s always been rewarding to help create an environment where people can grow in their careers and take pride in the service that we provide to our clients.

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Carl Brown

Carl Brown

CFO

After studying at Exeter University I embarked on a career in Finance, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte's and then moving to Lloyds Bank with three years spent in Hong Kong, before joining Lark in 2000.

As Finance Director of the new Aston Lark, I am responsible for all of the Group’s Finance and Accounts functions, as well as for Facilities. As such I enjoy a varied role which has presents constant challenges and is always subject to change. Working for Aston Lark is special. The company, despite its growth, maintains its culture as a business where people really care about the service provided, and recognises and nurtures staff potential, as well as being a social and friendly place to work.

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Peter Blanc

Peter Blanc

Group CEO

Peter joined Aston Scott in May 2015 as part of a 'Management Buy In' of Aston Scott and is now Group CEO of the business, which currently writes in excess of £100m of gross written premium and has plans to double the size of the business over the next three years.

He combines his role as Group CEO with a number of other industry and charitable roles including: Board member of the British Insurance Brokers Association and Chairman of their Large Brokers Advisory Board; Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute's Broking Faculty Board; Trustee of the Essex County Community Foundation; Non-Executive Director of Hastings Insurance Services Ltd.

Peter started his career straight after A Levels as a Trainee Motor Underwriter with Legal & General. After a year he realised that he wanted to join the broking side of the fence and joined Farr Insurance Brokers in Chelmsford. Peter led a Management Buy Out of the UK Commercial Division of Farr in 2000 which he then named FMW Risk Services Ltd. He grew this business to approximately £25m gross written premium before selling the business in December 2007 to Oval. In 2012 Peter was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Oval and he ran the business through until he then oversaw the sale of Oval Limited to Arthur J Gallagher which completed in April 2014.

Peter lives in Colchester with his wife Sue and has three children aged 16, 14 and 9. His hobbies include squash, tennis, swimming, shooting and golf. Peter is assisted by Janine Maycock in her role as Executive Assistant.

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Tom Holland

Tim Holland

Director of M&A

Tim joined as the CFO of Aston Scott Group Ltd in August 2015, taking direct responsibility for the Finance and IT for the group. Tim previously worked for AMTECH Group and UK2Group Ltd as their CFO. Tim is an Executive Director of the group and a Member of the Board.

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Stuart Rootham

Stuart Rootham

Group MD

Stuart joined Aston Scott in October 2016 as Group Managing Director. Stuart was previously at R K Harrison for 20 years and became MD of the group's UK Retail business in 2011. Following the merger with Howden in 2015, Stuart became Joint MD of their general UK Retail business.

Stuart is ACII qualified and led the RKH and Howden businesses to achieving Corporate Chartered status. As Group Managing Director, Stuart is responsible for leading the group to ensure that we are providing a first class broking service to our clients and potential clients and are fully prepared for the challenge of successfully integrating acquisitions into the group.

Stuart lives in Bedford with his wife and their two sons, his hobbies include golf and skiing.

About Our business

Lark

Roger Lark & Sons was established as a Lloyd's broker in 1948. From its humble beginnings as a small family business, it has grown over the decades to become one of the UK's most respected independent brokers.

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Aston Scott

Aston Scott pride themselves on building long lasting relationships. Those relationships are built on mutual trust, reinforced by our status as an independent company. Our highly experienced staff is committed to learning everything there is to know about our clients, so we can deliver bespoke insurance and risk management solutions.

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Other brands in Our business

As a combined business we now have much greater strength and depth in our various specialist areas. Both businesses are proud of their knowledge and expertise in these niche markets and are well regarded within these sectors across the UK.

Investing in our communities

The business is proud of the support they have provided to charities in their local areas and are committed to doing more going forward.

Investing in our people

One of the strengths of both businesses is our people. Their passion and commitment to client service and expert advice has been at the core of both businesses.

Standards.
Professionalism.
Trust.

Both businesses have been awarded corporate Chartered Insurance Brokers status by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

This highly prestigious designation has a demanding qualification criteria. It signifies that both businesses are very serious in their pursuit of the highest standards and it confirms that we have a commitment throughout the business to helping our staff achieve professional qualifications and adhering to ethical good practice.

Be part of our journey

We are aiming to grow the business organically and through strategic acquisitions. There are a number of opportunities for other like-minded businesses becoming a part of Aston Lark.

Partnering with Aston Lark we can provide you access to our specialist schemes Road Runner, Click 4 Quote, Renovation Plan, Performance Film & Media and LarkMusic.

Meet with Aston Lark to discuss your business and succession plans for the future...

If you have already made the decision to look at sale options then we would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the possibilities in more detail.

We are able to consider acquisitions on any of the following criteria:

  • Acquisition of specific books of business only
  • Acquisition of the limited company including all of the shares
  • Fully upfront purchases
  • Staggered purchases
  • Earn outs that give significant upside opportunity

In addition we can be completely flexible regarding office location, specific staffing needs and your future in the business. Crucially, whichever option you choose with Aston Lark, you can rest assured on two key issues:

  • You are dealing with a company that prides itself on its integrity
  • We care passionately about our clients and our staff – and we will care passionately about yours

Testimonials

I have to say that the whole process thereafter ran like a well oiled machine. What I particularly liked is that Aston Scott took my views on the transfer process into account and I can honestly say that Aston Scott have been extremely efficient and helpful in the process. I could not have asked for more. Whilst Aston Scott offered a good price for my business it was equally important to me that my clients would be well looked after moving forward and I can see that this is happening.

Jimmy Logan
Former MD Star Insurance

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Get in touch

If you would like to talk more about becoming part of the Aston Lark group please call Peter using the contact details below.

Peter Blanc, Group CEO

07802 265708 01206 655399 peterblanc@astonscott.com

Aston Lark, 4 Wyncolls Rd, Colchester CO4 9HU