Keith Wardell

Managing Director


Keith has been in the insurance industry since 1975 and became an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1980. He became Chairman of Acasta in 2012 and has led its drive to expand and diversify. He is also the chairman of Acasta European Insurance Company Limited.

Keith also holds various other insurance related directorships and in his spare time he is a keen follower of rugby and cricket.

Andy Shaw

Operations Director


Andy started his career in insurance in 1991 in a brokerage and has since worked for a variety of SME and large insurers and brokers. He specialises in scheme insurance after finding niche opportunities within the industry and subsequently developing them into businesses. Andy is both a director of Acasta and a director of his own brokerage.

Ian Paley Cert CII

Underwriting Manager

Phone: 0161 495 6007

Ian has 21 years’ experience within the General Insurance field. During his career, he has gained experience in all aspects of Claim Management, including Fraud Prevention. However, he has now moved into the position of Underwriting Manager with Acasta which he has held for 4 years. Together with his team, who are the main point of contact for many of Acasta’s agents, he has developed considerable experience assessing and underwriting an extensive range of schemes and bespoke risks in the UK and Europe.

Niâ Wŷn Roberts Cert CII

Senior Underwriter

Phone: 0161 495 6034

Niâ joined Acasta in 2017 after over 3 years experience working within Financial Services and Financial Crime Prevention. She gained an ICA in Financial Crime Prevention in 2016. She has joined Acasta as part of the Underwriting team progressing from Underwriting Assistant to Underwriter.

Remi Cosgrove



Remi joined the Acasta team in 2019, after gaining four years’ experience in the insurance industry working in a brokerage as a personal insurance consultant. He is now working in our underwriting team as a Junior Underwriter, using his experience to help assist our brokers and manage inhouse claims.


Lydia Ashworth

Compliance and Underwriting Officer 

Phone: 0161 495 6037

Lydia began working at Acasta as part of the Underwriting Team in 2018 and is continuing to develop her skills. She joined the company as an Administration Assistant, and has now progressed into her current role as Underwriting Assistant. She is now looking to forge a career within the insurance sector here at Acasta.

Conor Rogers

Data Analyst


Conor began his career in insurance in 2017 upon graduating with a master’s degree in Mathematics from The University of Manchester. Having previously worked in Risk Analysis, reporting on and testing internal controls, he now works as a Data Analyst at Acasta implementing statistical methodology to provide quantitative insights for the wider business.

Paul Gibson

Head of Legal


Phone: 0161 495 6006

Paul is a qualified solicitor and the head of the legal underwriting department and works with legal providers to help create bespoke solutions to insurance and funding enquiries for matters on both an individual or scheme basis. He left practice as a director of a regional firm to join our team. Paul is an experienced litigator, having led a number of commercial litigation teams. He has experience in all aspects of litigation, and has particular expertise in Directors and Shareholders disputes and insolvency.

Lynn Thorne

ATE Relationship Manager

Phone: 0161 495 6003

With over 23 years experience, Lynn has often worked in a senior management role. Within Acasta, Lynn works closely with the Board of Directors to generate new business and managing the strategy of ongoing businesses. Her experience and strengths are in managing the end to end process of a business operation to deliver targets.

David Reilly

Commercial Legal Expenses Underwriter

Phone: 0800 668 1350

David joined the Acasta team in 2020 as a Commercial Underwriter.  He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and since then was in private practice at some very well regarded Manchester city centre practices predominantly undertaking a broad mix of commercial litigation.  David’s wealth of litigation experience enables him to comprehensively assess the merits of contentious matters with a view to providing bespoke solutions to ATE and litigation funding enquires.

Emma Wilson

Senior Personal Injury Underwriter

Phone: 0161 495 6028

Emma has over 20 years Fee Earning and Auditing experience within Personal Injury and Credit Hire. As a mature student, Emma gained a Law Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed the ILEX Graduate Diploma, including Civil Litigation. Her wealth of experience has given her a wide range of knowledge in the PI sector.

Kane Smith

Personal Injury Underwriter


Phone: 0161 495 6005

Kane joined Acasta as part of the Personal Injury Underwriting team, working alongside Emma Wilson to assist with all matters relating to Personal Injury ATE policies. After studying Law at Keele University, Kane has gained over 4 years experience working in different law firms as a paralegal/fee earner within the personal injury industry. He has dealt with a wide variety of PI matters, ranging from RTA, EL/PL & Industrial Disease, including litigated work.

Hayley Deighan

Personal Injury Underwriter


Hayley joined Acasta in October 2019 as part of the Personal Injury Underwriting team, to assist with all matters relating to Personal Injury ATE policies. Hayley has over 12 years of experience as a Legal Executive, qualifying in 2005 and completing her GDL in 2014 at Manchester University.


Ellie Bower

Marketing Manager

Phone: 0161 495 6017

After completing her Marketing degree, Ellie has gained a wealth of experience in the industry. She has previous experience working as a Marketing Manager at an insurance broker, gaining an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry.

Viki Thomas

Financial Controller

Phone: 0161 495 6018

Viki trained as an accountant with CIMA whilst working in a large insurance company and has spent 10 years working in the Financial Services industry before returning to insurance here at Acasta. As well as undertaking core finance roles of management, statutory and regulatory reporting, Viki has often focussed on finance transformation projects; re-engineering finance process, designing and implementing new systems and new finance team structures to ensure Finance remains strong amidst fast-paced business change.

Tracy Evans

Financial Assistant


Phone: 0161 495 6128

Tracy has worked in finance since leaving school. She has worked across in several different industries including engineering and carpets, as well as obtaining her AAT qualification. Tracy has experience in all aspects of accounts and is looking forward to learning all about the insurance business. Within Acasta, Tracy will be working closely with the finance manager looking after the company accounts.


Anas Abdo



Anas joined us in December 2019 from Bidfood, where he completed his AAT alongside working as an Analyst within their Finance function. Here at Acasta, Anas will be working to complete his ACCA accountancy qualifications through a three-year training scheme within the Accounts team.

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