Aceso Health and Group Risk has added two senior executives to its team. Paul Collin joins the firm as director of group risk, and Matt Howarth, a specialist in private medical insurance and wellbeing, joins as account executive with business development responsibilities.
Collins, who has worked for Henderson for over a decade and has 25 years of experience in financial services, will take on this new role. Mike Picken and Louise Pratt, both Aceso directors and former Henderson colleagues, have reunited with him. Collins began his financial services career at CGU and went on to work for IFAs and insurance brokers at the local, regional, and national levels before specialising in group risk in 2015. Howarth has over a decade’s experience in the insurance industry.
Aceso is a member of the Attis Insurance group, which was founded last year by Joe Henderson, who sold his Henderson Insurance business to US firm Aon in 2017. The firm, which is headquartered in Leeds, has five regional offices spread across the North of England and the Midlands.
Collins said: “Employee benefits are often misunderstood and poorly managed because they are constantly evolving. Especially in the post-Covid world, where recruiting and retaining the best people is more challenging than ever, their importance to both employees and employers is becoming increasingly evident, with industry statistics showing benefits packages can now be even more desirable to employees than flexible working options.
“The best advice and support is more critical than ever for business owners, their people managers and ultimately their employees. That’s where Aceso can help and I’m really pleased to be joining the team.”
Aceso executive director Mike Picken said: “We know Paul and Matt already share our strong ethos of customer care and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the firm.
“Health insurance is unlike insuring a car or a property because it’s extremely personal. At Aceso, we’re committed to providing the very best service and advice to customers, and ensuring they can always pick up the phone and speak to a qualified and experienced member of our team.”