Richard Harrison appointed new CEO of Sesame Bankhall Group

Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG) has today announced the appointment of Richard Harrison as its new CEO, subject to regulatory approval.

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Tabitha Lambie | Editor, Protection Reporter
6th September 2023
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"Our focus has been on finding a dynamic, driven, and ambitious CEO who will lead the Group for the long-term benefit of the adviser community we support."
- John Cowan, interim CEO of Sesame Bankhall Group

Prior to this appointment, Richard Harrison served as chief distribution officer at Wesleyan Assurance Society, where he was responsible for financial advice, general insurance (GI), and distribution across its five businesses. He also led the delivery of marketing and digital activity for the Society, focusing on customer-centric business growth.

With over twenty years of financial services leadership experience, Harrison believes he has “learned the value of quality financial advice and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.” He is excited to lead Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG) which he regards as a “strong business with a fantastic team in place that’s been at the forefront of adviser support for many years.”

“I share their drive and ambition to deliver customer-focused growth for advisers and the business. I am relishing the opportunity to work with the team to help shape and deliver its next phase of development,” he said.

Harrison will take over on the 2nd January 2024, at which point current interim CEO John Cowan will resume his role as chair of the SBG Board.

Commenting on the appointment, John Cowan, interim CEO of Sesame Bankhall Group, has said:

“Sesame Bankhall Group exists to support advisers in building quality businesses that deliver the best outcomes for their clients. Our focus has been on finding a dynamic, driven, and ambitious CEO who will lead the Group for the long-term benefit of the adviser community we support.

“Richard has a great track record of helping businesses to evolve and grow, through clear strategies and successful partnerships - with employees, advisers, and customers always at the very heart of propositions. With a breadth of experience across all areas of financial services, it’s clear that he is the ideal person to help drive and deliver our future plans and established business strategy, alongside our experienced management team.

“Richard enthusiastically shares our purpose and future vision. I very much look forward to working closely with him as together we help SBG and its members to thrive and grow.”

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