Directors

Andy Shaw

Managing 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.

Shaun Leach

Director

Email: accounts@acastaeurope.co.uk

Shaun has worked in Finance since graduating 16 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 five years, gaining experience managing a Finance team predominantly in ATE insurance. Having started with Acasta a year ago as Financial Controller, Shaun has now taken up the role of Director. He’s looking forward to the continuing management and development of the Finance team and driving the continued success of the company with the established Board.

Underwriters

Teifion Scrivens

Underwriting Manager

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Teifion joined in 2022 as our Underwriting Manager, with 16 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has worked as an underwriter and claims analyst for insurers and MGAs in the UK and Gibraltar, specialising in travel insurance and general and bespoke personal lines insurance. As part of his role, he is responsible for managing our underwriting team, working with our brokers, and developing our schemes.

Remi Cosgrove

Senior 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, diversify portfolios, establish ratings for new schemes, and provide analysis of existing schemes pricing and performance.

 

Patrycja Pietek

Underwriter

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Patrycja joined the team in 2021, having gained six years’ experience as a sales advisor in the insurance industry. Since joining Acasta, Patrycja has continued to develop her skills, and is now managing her own portfolio, working with our brokers to create new bespoke schemes. In addition, she assists in managing claims and client relationships and is currently pursuing her CII certification.

Daniel Jones

Underwriting Support

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Dan joined Acasta in March 2022, looking for a starting role that would help him to develop his career in insurance. Within his role of Underwriting Support, he assists the team with claims handling and broker communications. In addition, he works with our Data team to ensure all of our information is up to date and accurate.

Jess McNulty

Underwriting Support

Email: underwriting@acastaeurope.co.uk

Jessica joined Acasta with extensive experience in Underwriting and a degree in Business and Financial Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. She joined the team in June 2022 as Underwriting Support, where she assists with developing bespoke schemes, managing broker communications, and handling data.

Audit & Compliance 

Niâ Wŷn Roberts Cert CII

Audit & Compliance Manager

Email: audits@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

Senior Auditor

Email: audits@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.

Laura Rose

Auditor

Email: audits@acastaeurope.co.uk

After having worked in the insurance and customer service industries, Laura joined Acasta as a member of our Audit and Compliance team in March 2022. In her day-to-day role, she works with the team to complete internal and external audits. This includes managing the audit schedule, communicating with clients and performing audits. 

Bilal Iqbal

Auditor

Email: audits@acastaeurope.co.uk

Bilal joined Acasta in 2022 after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Law. He has a strong legal background, with experience in dealing with small track claims. As part of the team, he will be conducting internal and external audits. He is looking forward to developing his skills and gaining experience as one of Acasta’s Auditors.

Sabah Ali

Audit and Compliance Support

Email: audits@acastaeurope.co.uk

Sabah joined Acasta in 2022 after graduating from Lancaster University with a degree in Law. She has a strong legal background. As part of the team, she will be dealing with Audits and Compliance. She aims to develop her skills and broaden her knowledge of the insurance industry.

Luke Sullivan

Audit and Compliance Support

Email: audits@acastaeurope.co.uk

After having worked in the insurance and Compliance industry, Luke joined Acasta as part of the Audit and Compliance team in July 2022. In his role, he will assist the team in managing and executing audits and compliance procedures. He is looking forward to developing his skills and gaining further experience as part of the team.

Claims

Ilona Kelly

Claims Manager

Email: claims@acastaeurope.co.uk

Ilona came to our team as Claims Manager in 2022 after working in the insurance industry for 13 years. Her career has progressed from claims handler to claims manager with extensive knowledge of many areas of claims. She will be responsible for managing and developing our claims department.

Thomas Heathcote

Claims Handler

Email: claims@acastaeurope.co.uk

Thomas joined Acasta as part of the Claims Team, previously working in Claims for the last 3 years. With over ten years experience in customer service based roles, he will bring this knowledge and experience to Acasta’s Claims department.

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 & Operations Manager

Email: marketing@acastaeurope.co.uk

After completing her Marketing degree, Ellie became a Marketing Executive at Acasta Europe whilst also working for an insurance broker. Her experience within the insurance industry has allowed her to develop a wide range of skills. In her current role, she manages marketing and operations for the business. Among her responsibilities are managing our communication channels, events, and daily internal processes.

Accounts

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.