Views & insights

Our Views and insights page features articles, commentaries and opinion pieces on a range of topics to help you keep up to speed with the latest developments in the insurance industry.

October 18, 2021

Meet our intern Zain Uddin

Every summer we offer internships to young people who are studying for their ‘A’ levels or are in further education, and give them the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and experience. We sat down with one of our interns to find out more about them, what they’d been doing, and how much they’d learnt during their time with us.
July 26, 2021

Nurturing a culture of growth

Asta is a unique place to work. And despite the recent challenging times, we’re growing. In this Exec Q&A we talk to MD Lorraine Harfitt and COO Clare Barley about what makes Asta different, our strategy for managing growth and how we’re committed to maintaining a positive culture in which both clients and colleagues can thrive and succeed.
July 7, 2021

An interview with Mitch Blaser and Mark Wheeler, Mosaic Insurance

We talk to “Blaze” and “Wheels,” a.k.a. Mitch Blaser and Mark Wheeler, the co-CEOs of Mosaic. As well as telling us the story behind the Mosaic name, they explain what it means to eat your own cooking, why third-party management is the ideal platform for Lloyd’s start-ups, and we discover Mitch’s not-so-secret BBQ marinade, his love of cricket (or is that croquet?)…
May 20, 2021

Why did a virtual syndicate choose London?

Erik Johnson, Deputy Active Underwriter of Victor Syndicate 2288 highlights the benefits of a virtual syndicate at Lloyd’s and describes how Asta’s support as third party managing agent minimises infrastructure needs and reduces operating costs for insurance start-ups. This article first appeared in the Insurance Institute of London Journal in May 2021 and has been re-produced here with their kind permission.
May 12, 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week

In this latest Culture Matters bulletin we talk to Head of Syndicate Finance Peter Brightman and Internal Audit manager Phillip Pearce about Mental Health Awareness Week – they tell us what the “nature” theme means to them and candidly share some experiences and tips that could be helpful to any of us when faced with challenges to our mental health.