Syndicate EMEA 1 is led by Tarja Saikkonen and is responsible for providing P&I and Defence claims and advisory services to Members largely based in Northern Europe and Africa.
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Before joining Thomas Miller, Tarja worked as a claims adjuster for a liner owner/operator. As well as long experience in handling all types of non-people claims, including fires and larger cargo claims on Ro-Ro ships, Tarja has also extensive experience in reviewing customer service contracts for Members and assessing needs for extended P&I cover. Whilst currently concentrating on overseeing the EMEA1 syndicate and ensuring it provides high level of service to all its Members, she is still involved in day-to-day handling claims handling and advising Members on queries.
Adam is a qualified as a solicitor. After working for another P&I Club, Adam headed the legal and insurance department of a leading ship operating company for 7 years before joining Thomas Miller.
Mark is a former Merchant Navy deck officer sailing on variety of vessel types. Mark joined us from a leading London Law firm where he was an Admiralty Manager, attending and investigating casualties including salvage, fires, cargo explosions, collisions etc. Mark is a Senior Claims Director in EMEA1.
John worked for a ship agent, a shipowner and as Club correspondent in Ireland before joining Thomas Miller P&I in 1987. He is currently in EMEA 1 and is responsible for the team’s operational performance and service delivery. He also sits on the Senior Claims Directors’ team, a team of senior claims executives who have the task of working alongside case executives on the resolution of major claims which account for 70 per cent of the Club’s claims payments.
Throughout his career at Thomas Miller, John has worked closely with Members involved in the cruise and ferry sectors and has particular expertise in handling passenger ship casualties and cruise curtailment claims.
Francesco is an English qualified solicitor and has worked and trained at a leading London shipping firm for nearly nine years, where he dealt with both FD&D and P&I related claims. Francesco is fluent in both English and Italian. Francesco joined Thomas Miller in June 2016 and is a Senior Claims Executive, providing P&I and Defence claims and advisory services to Members in EMEA 1.
Helena qualified as a solicitor with a leading London maritime firm in 1999 and spent two years working as a UK qualified solicitor in Sydney, Australia before returning to private practice in London. Helena moved in-house to another IG P&I Club in 2004 where she dealt with a wide range of FD&D and P&I claims before joining Thomas Miller in 2018.
Neil joined Thomas Miller in 1992 having completed his studies in Business and Finance. He initially worked in underwriting before transferring to the personal injury syndicate where he handled a variety of people related claims with a particular focus on Members based in Turkey. He was also responsible for the account management of a large UK based crew manager.
In 2003, Neil transferred to the IT department to manage projects associated with the Club’s award winning electronic claims management system. He then left Thomas Miller to work as an IT project manager for some of the leading London Market insurers.
Neil returned to P&I in 2011 joining the personal injury team of another London based P&I Club before re-joining Thomas Miller in November 2013 where he continues to handle a broad range of people related claims concentrating on Members based in Germany.
Ursula joined Thomas Miller in 1990 and has a wide experience in handling both P&I and FDD claims, for owners and charterers in the tanker, bulker and container markets. Recently Ursula has gained particular expertise in various types container claims and incidents in EMEA1.
Sarah is a qualified lawyer in England and worked for a major maritime law firm in London specialising in shipping and international trade. Sarah will handle P&I and Defence claims.
Richard joined Thomas Miller in 1997 and has a wealth of experience in handling a wide variety of P&I and FDD claims across all sectors of the shipping industry. Recently, Richard has had particular focus on ICA claims, Charterers’ cover, advising on cover for various types of contracts including COUs, and IMO 2020 in EMEA1.
Before joining Thomas Miller Genevieve worked as a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy for four years where she served on cruise ships up to the rank of Second Officer. She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Merchant Ship Operations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law. Genevieve specialises in people related claims in EMEA1 for a wide selection of the Club's Members. She also has particular expertise in handling all types of claims for the Club's cruise ship Members, including passenger ship casualties and cruise curtailments.
Victoria is a qualified solicitor and prior to joining Thomas Miller, worked for a City law firm for 10 years, where she mainly handled personal injury litigation. Victoria has a wealth of experience in handling a wide variety of people related claims, focusing particularly on crew and passenger claims in EMEA1.
Alison is a qualified South African solicitor. She specialised in Maritime Law at a leading South African law firm for four years, during which time she was seconded to Thomas Miller. Alison returned to Thomas Miller in 2007, handling P&I and Defence claims. In November 2013, Alison assumed the role of Deputy Syndicate Manager and subsequently made Syndicate Manager in 2017. Alison is now a Senior Claims Executive within EMEA 1 and is responsible for the Club’s German Members.
Tom is a solicitor and Master Mariner. He handles P&I and Defence matters.
Prior to joining Thomas Miller, Tom spent 8 years with two major international law firms handling a variety of shipping matters. He specialised in litigation arising out of marine casualties such as collisions, groundings, fire and explosions, cargo damage claims as well as the connected "dry" contractual claims under charterparties, vessel sharing agreements and bills of lading. He has carried out numerous casualty investigations worldwide on different vessel types, before handling and advising on disputes through to settlement or legal proceedings.
Filip qualified as a solicitor in 2015 at one of the leading London shipping law firms where, prior to his legal training, he was a senior Risk & Compliance officer. He joined Thomas Miller in December 2015 and is handling a variety of defence and P&I cases.