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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Tarja joined Thomas Miller in 2000. She has an MSc in Economics and Business Studies from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. Tarja previously worked in the Claims Department of a liner company as Claims Adjuster.
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 a variety of vessel types including product tankers, container ships, general cargo, reefer, Ro-Ro and seismic survey ships. Mark worked with another International Group P&I Club for a number of years and was the Manager of the Admiralty Claims team. In 2010 Mark joined a leading London law firm as an Admiralty Manager where he was involved in attending and investigating casualties including salvage, fires, cargo explosions, collisions, property damage claims, groundings, unsafe ports, damage to submarine cables, cargo liquefaction and piracy. Mark joined Thomas Miller in 2014 and is a Senior Claims Director within Syndicate EMEA 1.
Michael is a qualified solicitor with 25 years experience of working in maritime claims, initially with a leading law firm before joining another P&I Club. He moved to Thomas Miller in 2012 where he has overall responsibility for the management of Defence Club claims for Members serviced by Syndicate EMEA 1.
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, 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.
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. Richard has assisted the majority of the Members across the European region in his time with Thomas Miller, but now predominantly focuses on those based in Northern Europe.
Genevieve joined Thomas Miller in 2007 having 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. As a member of the dedicated people claims syndicate, Genevieve handles a variety of people related claims for a wide selection of the Club's Members, with a particular focus on our European 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 joined Thomas Miller in 2008. She is a qualified solicitor and prior to joining the company, worked for a City law firm for 10 years, where she mainly handled personal injury litigation.
As a member of the people claims team, Victoria handles a wide variety of people related claims, focusing particularly on crew and passenger claims for French and US members. She also handles occupational disease, stowaway claims and claims arising from stevedore injuries.
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.
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.