Rowanmoor Pensions has paid tribute to joint managing director David Seaton after coroners this morning identified his body.
Seaton's body was found on a beach in Kilkhampton, Bude in Cornwall last week. He had been missing for 10 days.
Police say coroners identified the father-of-five by his dental records and will announce details of an inquest into the cause of death later today.
Managing director Ian Hammond says: "It is with the greatest sadness and regret that I have to confirm that a body found by the police in Cornwall has been identified as that of David Seaton.
"David and I have been work colleagues and friends for over sixteen years and he has been a highly motivating and respected colleague who will be sorely missed by all those who have had the privilege of knowing him.
"Our thoughts are with David's family and friends at this difficult time."
Seaton leaves a wife, five children and a grandson.
Seaton's body was discovered near Kilkhampton in Bude last week and coroners have spent several days confirming his identity and notifying next of kin.
He was last seen on 24 August by colleagues at Rowanmoor's Salisbury branch. His car was later found abandoned in Boscastle, several miles from Kilkhampton.
David Seaton entered financial services in 1986 as a sales consultant and, within seven years, had been appointed director of consultancy at James Hay Pension Trustees.
He was elected to the Committee of the Association of Pensioneer Trustees in 1996 and served on most of its sub-committees. He was elected honorary treasurer in 2000 and was chairman from 2001 to 2002.
He spoke regularly at national conferences on small self-administered schemes (SSAS) and was a member of IFAonline's Ask the Experts team, helping solve readers' pensions queries. He was also on AIFA's board.
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