Asta strengthens actuarial capabilities with appointment of Laura McMaster

Asta, the leading third party managing agent at Lloyd’s, today announces the appointment of Laura McMaster as deputy chief actuary. She takes up her role on 16th April and will report to Richard Barke, chief actuary.

McMaster brings a decade and a half of actuarial experience to Asta. She joins from Lane Clark and Peacock where she has served as a partner for eight years, having joined the firm in 2003. In this role, she was responsible for managing reserving, capital, pricing, reinsurance, and risk projects across a range of markets, including extensive experience in the Lloyd’s and London market.

Julian Tighe, CEO of Asta said: “Laura is a skilled and experienced actuary who brings an exceptional track record to Asta. She is the ideal candidate to further bolster both our actuarial function and the wider Asta senior management team and help ensure that we continue to provide an offering that underpins our clients’ long-term success. I am delighted to welcome her to the team.”

For further information, please contact:

Haggie Partners

Damian Beeley
Tel:  + 44 20 7562 4444

Samantha Whiteley
Tel: + 44 20 7562 4444

Colette La Pointe
Tel: + 44 20 7562 4444

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About Asta:

Asta Capital Limited is the parent company of:

  • Asta Insurance Markets Ltd
  • Asta Managing Agency Ltd
  • Asta Insurance Services Ltd
  • Asta Management Services Ltd
  • Asta Underwriting Management Ltd

Asta Managing Agency Ltd is the leading third party managing agent at Lloyd’s and is responsible for 10 syndicates and two SPAs with capacity under management in 2018 of more than UK£1.4bn:

  • Agora – Syndicate 3268
  • Blenheim – Syndicate 1729 and SPA 6131
  • Dale Underwriting Partners – Syndicate 1729 and SPA 6131
  • DL Dale & Others – Syndicate 2525
  • Everest – Syndicate 2786
  • Nephila – Syndicate 2357
  • Paraline – Syndicate 4242 and SPA 6123
  • Pioneer – Syndicate 1980
  • Skuld – Syndicate 1987
  • Verto – Syndicate 2689


Asta Underwriting Management Limited (AUML) launched in 2015, making the skills, experience and capabilities behind Asta’s success as the leading third party managing agency at Lloyd’s available, for the first time, to the MGA market.

MGAs under management:

  • Overark
  • Arma Underwriting