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Captain Markus Westphal

Risk Assessor

Captain Markus Westphal
cell 07880105213

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Markus Westphal joined Thomas Miller in 2014 as a Risk Assessor. He previously worked on general cargo vessels, bulk carriers and container vessels, rising to the rank of Master in 2000. As a junior officer, Markus served on salvage tugs and was involved in several salvage operations off the South African coast as well as the development of the Mossgas project off Mosselbay.

During his time at Safmarine, Markus was involved with the introduction of the ISM code as well as the ISPS code, his vessels being audited externally and internally.


Debbie Wood

Claims Executive

Debbie Wood
work +44 20 7204 2517

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Debbie has been working for Thomas Miller for 30 years. She previously worked in Personal Injury but now works within the J1 team as a Claims Executive.  She also has responsibility for the enhancement and development of the Club’s Claims Handling systems and special service projects.


Dr Chao Wu

Legal Director

Dr Chao Wu
work +44 20 7204 2157
cell +44 7776 483182

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Dr WU Chao has a Ph.D in law from Paris University (Sorbonne). As Legal director for Thomas Miller P&I Ltd (UK P&I Club), she is responsible for giving general legal advice, legal aspects of cover for Members' contractual arrangements, the legal aspects of P&I Club documentation, and the Rules and Bye-Laws of the Club, as well as the legal aspects of the Pooling Agreement and of Club’s reinsurance contracts.

Chao is part of the Senior Management Team and represents the UK Club on various subcommittees and working groups of the International Group, including those on Pooling Agreement, Pollution, P&I War Risks, Confirmation of Entry, IOPC Fund and Pro-rating, and others. Chao has been the chairperson of the IG Pooling Agreement Subcommittee since 2009.

Chao has been a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide over the past 22 years, and is the author of many publications, including two books for which she was awarded prizes by the British Insurance Law Association, UK and by the Institut Economique du Droit de la Mer, Monaco.  She is also a recognized authority on international marine environmental law, and formerly worked for Thomas Miller (Americas), where she also became an authority on US environmental law.


Edgar Wong (EW)

Edgar Wong (EW)
work +86 21 6321 3652
cell +86 1380 1666 407

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Edgar joined Thomas Miller in 1994 after graduating with a social science degree. Having been a Claims Executive in Hong Kong for six years handling UK Club and TT Club claims, he has become Thomas Miller's Shanghai Representative performing both a claims advisory and marketing liason role. 


Gregg Wikfors

Claims Executive

Gregg Wikfors
work +1 201 557 7408
cell +1 551 227 1333

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Gregg Wikfors is a  Claims Executive with the  NJ  P&I Claims Team.  Gregg  was  formerly with a major shipping line and will handle cargo claims for P&I.


Hugo Wynn-Williams

Chairman

Thomas Miller
Hugo Wynn-Williams
work +44 (0)20 7204 2144
cell +44 (0) 7768 147308

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Hugo Wynn-Williams – Chairman of Thomas Miller Holdings Ltd., Chairman of Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd (the Managers of the UK P&I Club).

Hugo joined Thomas Miller in 1978.  A member of the Thomas Miller Holdings Board since incorporation in 1999, Hugo was elected Chairman of Thomas Miller Holdings in June 2009 in which capacity he also has oversight of a number of Thomas Miller’s international businesses.   He is also Chairman of the Thomas Miller Agency and Insurance Services division; Thomas Miller Claims Management and a number of other subsidiaries of Thomas Miller. As Chairman of Thomas Miller Holdings, Hugo leads the TMH Board in the formulation, setting and achievement of the strategic goals and objectives of the TMH Group. As Chairman of Thomas Miller P&I he provides leadership to, and management of, the Board of the Club liaising between the Board and the Managers alongside the CEO, ensuring it operates effectively achieving its strategic objectives.


Leah Wallace (LMW)

Underwriting Technician

Leah Wallace (LMW)
work +44 20 7204 2374

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Leah Wallace joined P&I Underwriting on the 14th December 2015 having previously worked in the Facilities Department at Thomas Miller for nearly 2 years.

She is an Underwriting Technician on the Europe and Americas team. Leah is studying for her CII Certificate in Insurance. 


Linda Wright (LLW)

Claims Executive

Linda Wright (LLW)
work +1 415 343 0122
cell +1 415 866 4173

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Initially a steamship company claims manager, Linda became a P&I Club Correspondent for various Clubs in 1981. Eventually managing the office, she handled a variety of claims on the Pacific West Coast for Members worldwide. Now she handles personal injury claims at Thomas Miller's San Francisco office.


Natalie Whiffin (NW)

Underwriting Technician

Natalie Whiffin (NW)
work +44 20 7204 2598

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Natalie joined Thomas Miller in November 2011. Following roles in the Claims department, Natalie subsequently joined the Underwriting Department as an Underwriting Technician in October 2015 and is supporting the Club's Members in the Asia Pacific region, including Japan and South Korea. Natalie is studying for her CII Certificate in Insurance.


Thomas Whadcock (TW)

Trainee Underwriter

Thomas Whadcock (TW)
work +44 20 7204 2279
cell +44 7919 395 692

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Tom Whadcock joined the Underwriting Department on the 12th September 2017 as a Trainee Underwriter, supporting the Club's Members in the Asia Pacific region. He joined Thomas Miller having come from a Placement Department and underwriting background. He also graduated from University College London. Tom currently holds the Diploma in Insurance and is working towards the Advanced Diploma in Insurance.


Tony Watson, Chief Engineer

Risk Assessor

Tony Watson, Chief Engineer

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Tony joined Thomas Miller as a Ship Inspector. After passing a degree in Marine Engineering and becoming Chief Engineer, he came ashore as Superintendent and then Marine Surveyor / Consultant.


Ursula Whittaker

Senior Claims Executive

Ursula Whittaker
work +44 20 7204 2313
cell +44 7717 733951

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Ursula joined Thomas Miller in 1990, working at that time with the Far East team. Over the intervening years, Ursula has worked with the Russian, Belgian, Dutch and Italian Members, handling both P&I and FDD claims, for owners and charterers in the tanker, bulker and container markets. Ursula now supports the Club's German Membership.


Emergency Contacts


If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers. 

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This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships' details should advise their usual underwriting contact.

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