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.

Keith 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. Andy specialises in scheme insurance after finding niche opportunities within the industry and developing them into businesses. Andy is both a director of Acasta and a director of his own brokerage.

Tets Ishikawa



Tets spent 16 years in investment banking, working at top-tier firms including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley before starting his own corporate advisory practice, focused on structuring, marketing and negotiating complex financial transactions, as well as regulatory capital, operational and strategic matters. Having worked with Acasta since 2012, he joined the board in 2018 to develop and strengthen the business across all business lines.

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 before moving 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.

David Morgan Dip CII

Senior Underwriter 

Phone: 0161 495 6008

David has been working in the insurance industry for 10 years in a variety of roles including software development and auditing.  Working as a scheme underwriter for Acasta he works producing rates and documentation, also taking responsibility for the technical systems and compliance needs of the department, while also conducting on-site broker audits.

Niâ Wŷn Roberts Cert CII


Phone: 0161 495 6034

Niâ has joined Acasta 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.

Thinn Thu

Underwriting Assistant

Phone: 0161 495 6002

Thinn has been working in the insurance and financial services sectors since she graduated in 2016. She has been working with insurance brokerage mainly in claim sector. Thinn has joined Acasta as part of underwriting team.

Lydia Ashworth

Administration Assistant

Phone: 0161 495 6037

Lydia joined the company as part of the Underwriting Team and is continuing to develop her skills. She previously worked as a restaurant manager and now is looking to forge a career within the insurance sector here at Acasta.

Lynn Thorne

Office 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.

Emma Wilson

Senior PI 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.

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.

Elizabeth Cawley

Marketing Executive

Phone: 0161 495 6004

Elizabeth has joined the company after studying at university in Birmingham. She began her career as an intern for marketing agencies producing content and campaigns. Within Acasta, Elizabeth produces creative content and works alongside the marketing manager to produce high quality campaigns for all Acasta’s products and services.

Emma Philpin

Financial Manager

Phone: 0161 495 6009

Emma has had over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public accountancy sectors. Emma has been responsible for developing budget reports and producing management accounts in her previous roles. This experience and knowledge has enabled Emma to offer a full range of accountancy practices in the Acasta team.

Bonnie Gatley

Financial Assistant

Phone: 0161 495 6011

Bonnie has worked in accounts for over 30 years within large and small companies assisting account managers, finance managers and maintaining financial records for companies. Her experience ranges from engineering companies, energy companies and insurance to liaise with clients, customers and to maintain credit control.

Jane Goodier

Financial Assistant

Phone: 0161 495 6024

Jane has worked as an all-round accounts assistant covering both the sales and purchase ledger in the charity and commercial sectors for over 10 years. Prior to that she worked in the travel industry, learning transferable administration and finance skills. Within Acasta, Jane undertakes the role of finance assistant.