Aston Lark, the Chartered insurance broker has announced the promotion of Bethan Jones to the newly created role of integration director.
In her new role, she will have responsibility for ensuring the successful integration of all of the firm’s acquired companies.
Jones joined Aston Lark in 2017 and was later appointed to the board in 2019. She provides leadership across Aston Lark’s project office and applications teams and more recently accelerated the firm’s data and analytics capability.
Whilst retaining this oversight, Jones will now formally take full responsibility for the integration of acquisitions across the group.
Peter Blanc, Aston Lark Group CEO, said: “It won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that Aston Lark has been rather busy on the acquisition front over the last couple of years. We are determined to become the UK and Ireland’s most trusted Chartered Insurance Broker and each acquisition that we make helps to make us stronger as a business. It is however absolutely vital that we don’t just ‘collect brokers’ but instead carefully plan and integrate each acquisition so that it truly feels part of Aston Lark and enables both the vendors and the rest of Aston Lark to benefit fully from joining forces.
“Bethan has been with Aston Lark for almost four years and is our ‘go to’ expert for all things Operational. As a Chartered insurance broker in her own right, Bethan has a completely unique skillset – she understands insurance broking but also truly understands systems, data, MI and the importance of integration. We are therefore delighted to announce that we have promoted Bethan into this role and her appointment should give any companies that are thinking of joining forces with Aston Lark the confidence that they are in very safe hands.”
Bethan added: “I am delighted to take on the role of Integration Director for the group. I am incredibly passionate about ensuring all parties have a successful outcome following an acquisition and I strive to ensure decisions are made with vendors ahead of the deal completion so there are no surprises.
“In growing at our current pace, successful integration is vital to ensure we retain operational cohesion across the group, and I am privileged to work with an incredibly supportive Executive Board at Aston Lark that share my passion for doing things the right way.”