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.

Duty Executive Mobile: +44 7768 143878, +44 7768 143882
Fax no: +44 20 7549 4228, +44 20 7549 4226
Team mailbox: london.ukclub@thomasmiller.com

Please use the team mailbox for all case related matters so that they are dealt with centrally. Using the team mailbox ensures that in the absence of the claims handler there is no delay in retrieving your message.

Tarja Saikkonen

Syndicate Manager

Tarja Saikkonen
work +44 20 7204 2406
cell +44 7813 709990

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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 Russ

Senior Claims Director

Adam Russ
work +44 20 7204 2109
cell +44 7795 494506

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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 Dawson

Senior Claims Director

Mark Dawson
work +44 20 7204 2284
cell +44 7920 458236

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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 Cox

Senior Claims Director - UK Defence

Michael Cox
work +44 20 7204 2123
cell +44 7717 727521

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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 Turner

Senior Claims Director

John Turner
work +44 20 7204 2507
cell +44 7768 143887

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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 Tundo

Senior Claims Executive

Francesco Tundo
work +44 (0) 20 7204 2587
cell 07795 497065

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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 Biggs

Senior Claims Executive

Helena Biggs
work 0207 204 2414
cell 07827 552 977

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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 Beckwith

Senior Claims Executive

Neil Beckwith
work +44 207 204 2935
cell +44 7876 131610

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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 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.


Sarah Valentine

Senior Claims Executive

Sarah Valentine
work +44 (0) 20 7204 2926
cell +44 (0) 7785 305399

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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 Offord

Senior Claims Executive

Richard Offord
work +44 20 7204 2486
cell +44 7917 614068

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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 Holloway

Senior Claims Executive

Genevieve Holloway
work +44 20 7204 2577
cell +44 7917 614091

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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 Brown (VB)

Senior Claims Executive

Victoria Brown (VB)
work +44 20 7204 2511
cell +44 7500 032407

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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 McClure

Senior Claims Executive

Alison McClure
work +44 207 204 2320
cell +44 7876 503572

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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 Koscielecki

Claims Executive

Filip Koscielecki
work +44 20 7204 2667
cell +44 7901 227869

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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.


Amanda Hastings

Claims Executive

Amanda Hastings
work +44 20 7204 2161
cell +44 7827 258207

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Amanda joined Thomas Miller as a claims handler in January 2015 from HFW, where she worked in shipping litigation. Prior to this she worked in supply chain management for an international retailer. Amanda has recently joined LS2 from the Club’s People Claims Syndicate and now deals primarily with the German membership.  A  fluent German speaker, Amanda read Law at Sheffield University and Trier University. She is currently studying for the postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) and is about to complete the International Group’s P&I Qualification. Amanda is actively involved with the London Shipping community and sits on the Young Maritime Professionals Committee for the London Shipping Law Centre.


Mikaela Andersson

Claims Executive

Mikaela Andersson
work + 44 (0) 20 7204 2206
cell +44 (0) 7881 210 009

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Mikaela joined Thomas Miller in 2015 after completing her BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology. She is currently working as a Claims Executive in Syndicate EMEA 1, handling a range of P&I matters for Members. Mikaela speaks Swedish and is currently studying for her P&IQ, accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).


Trainee Claims Executive

Navin Dhillon
work +44 207 204 2064
cell +44 752 329 4190

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Navin joined us in October 2018 as a Trainee Claims Executive. Prior to joining Thomas Miller, he completed an LLB in Law and an LLM in International Maritime Law from Swansea University. He has previously spent time gaining legal work experience at the National Assembly for Wales and has also worked for law firms in China and Malaysia.


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