Directors

Andy Shaw

Operations Director

Email: info@acastaeurope.co.uk

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 AEICL.

Ian Paley Cert CII

Director

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Ian has over 20 years’ experience within the General Insurance field in many different areas, from claims to underwriting. After a few years at Acasta, Ian moved from being Claims Manager to the position of Underwriting Manager before becoming a Director. In his day to day role, Ian manages our underwriting team, mainly growing and developing our new and existing schemes and building on our relationships with our partners. 

Paul Gibson

Director

Email: ate@acastaeurope.co.uk

Paul is a qualified solicitor and the head of the legal underwriting department. As well as his responsibilities as a director of Acasta, and his role as in-house counsel, he also works with legal providers to help create bespoke litigation funding solutions through Sparkle Capital Limited, which Acasta exclusively administers. Paul is a highly experienced litigator, having led a number of commercial litigation teams throughout his career. He has experience in all aspects of litigation, and has particular expertise in Directors and Shareholders disputes and insolvency.

Underwriters

Remi Cosgrove

Underwriter

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Originally from a broking background working predominantly in personal lines, Remi joined Acasta as a Junior Underwriter and is now working as an Underwriter using his experience to develop schemes, diversifying portfolios, establishing ratings for new schemes, and providing analysis of existing schemes pricing and performance.

 

Lydia Ashworth Cert CII

Underwriting and Compliance Officer

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

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 and Compliance Officer. She is now looking to forge a career within the insurance sector here at Acasta.

Tom Benstead Cert CII

Underwriting Assistant

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Tom joined the Acasta team in 2020, his first role in the insurance industry after having completed the Certificate in Insurance through CII and hopes to progress within the underwriting team. Tom studied Law at Nottingham Trent University, he looks forward to developing further and use his qualifications to help the wider team.

 

Patrycja Pietek

Underwriting Assistant

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Patrycja joined the team in 2021, after gaining 6 years’ experience within the insurance industry as a sales advisor. She is now working in the underwriting team to service customers policies and maintain B2B relationships with brokers. Handling in-house claims and assisting with portfolios. She is looking forward to developing her skills and working with the team.

Audit & Compliance 

Niâ Wŷn Roberts Cert CII

Audit & Compliance Manager

Email: info@acastaeurope.co.uk

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 Senior Underwriter and gaining her Cert CII. She has now progressed to heading up the Audit and Compliance team and is studying for her Dip CII.

Kane Smith

Auditor
Email: info@acastaeurope.co.uk

Kane joined Acasta as part of the ATE team after studying Law at Keele University and gaining over 4 years’ experience working in different law firms as a fee earner. He was initially part of our Personal Injury Underwriting team, and after a few years moved on to work in our Commercial ATE team. Within these roles he was responsible for conducting audits across the country, underwriting policies, and looking into streamlining departmental procedures. Kane is now working with both our ATE and General Underwriting departments, assisting in organising, attending and completing audits for all of our Acasta partners.

Data Analysts 

Conor Rogers

Senior Data Analyst

Email: info@acastaeurope.co.uk

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 Senior Data Analyst at Acasta implementing statistical methodology to provide quantitative insights for the wider business.

Andreas Levendi

Junior Data Analyst

Email: info@acastaeurope.co.uk

Andreas joined the team in 2021 after recently graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Financial Mathematics at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He currently works as a Junior Data Analyst where he aims to develop his skills and broaden his knowledge of the insurance industry.

ATE

David Reilly

Commercial Legal Expenses Underwriter

Email: ate@acastaeurope.co.uk

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.

Lynn Thorne

ATE Relationship Manager

Email: ate@acastaeurope.co.uk

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.

Marketing

Ellie Bower

Marketing Manager

Email: marketing@acastaeurope.co.uk

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.

Accounts

Shaun Leach

Financial Controller

Email: accounts@acastaeurope.co.uk

Shaun has worked in Finance since graduating 15 years ago, working across various industries. Notably within the cosmetic surgery industry, during which time he became a Chartered Accountant after completing CIMA, following on from AAT. Shaun’s worked in the Insurance industry for the last four years, gaining experience managing a Finance team predominantly in ATE insurance. Having started with Acasta in 2021, he’s looking forward to working with the team to contribute to the continued success of the company.

Tracy Evans

Assistant Financial Accountant

Email: accounts@acastaeurope.co.uk

Tracy joined the Acasta team in 2018. Since gaining her AAT qualification Tracy has worked in finance for over 30 years. She has worked in several different industries and has experience in all aspects of accounts. Tracy works closely with the financial controller looking after the company accounts.

Charlotte Banski-Grayson

Assistant Financial Accountant

Email: accounts@acastaeurope.co.uk

Charlotte joined us in May 2021. She will work within the finance team looking after the company accounts. She has worked in finance for the last 14 years for a Legal Expenses Insurance company where she studied AAT and looks forward to using her experience here at Acasta. Charlotte is a keen Gin enthusiast as her husband owns a gin distillery.

James Bidmead

Client Account Manager

Email: accounts@acastaeurope.co.uk

James joined Acasta is September 2020 as part of the Accounts team, to focus on the running of client accounts. James has experience working within an accounts capacity in the insurance field having previously worked at an insurance brokerage for 8 years. He’s gained knowledge of a variety of general insurance products and is looking forward to applying that experience to his role at Acasta.