Our People

United Kingdom

Wakefield House
41 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4DJ
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 207 702 4000
F: +44 (0) 207 702 4005
E: uk@advantaglobal.com
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    George Viar - Managing Director

    BA (Hons) Business Administration (ICADE Business School), Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), Dip Marketing (ACIM). 

    George is a founding member of Advanta Global Services with 20 years’ experience in financial services. Prior to becoming Managing Director and Head of Forensic Accounting at Advanta in 2003, George held senior management positions in a range of leading forensic accounting and loss adjusting firms. Over the course of his career, he has specialised in business interruption and ALOP / DSU claims. George also has extensive experience in working with Bankers’ Blanket Bond (BBB) policies and financial institutions. 

    Languages: English, Spanish, fluent in Italian and French.

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    David McGhie - Business Development Director

    AA Dip (Diploma Architectural Association), Chartered Architect (RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects).

    Throughout his long and distinguished career, David has held a number of directorial positions with leading claims management companies in Europe and Latin America. He is considered one of the leading adjusters in handling tunnelling losses. Before entering loss adjusting in 1980, David gained 12 years’ experience in construction and civil engineering in the UK, Germany and South America. He has specialised in claims related to CAR / EAR, machinery breakdown including ALOP / DSU, as well as risk surveying. 

    Languages: English, German, Spanish and basic knowledge of Italian.

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    Oliver Thoma - Technical Director

    BSc Eng (Elec - Mech) with specialisation in Mining, MSc Eng (Operations Management).

    Oliver has over 15 years’ experience in handling high value CAR / EAR, power, industrial all risk and property claims across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Advanta in 2005, he had also gained valuable experience in working on high-profile losses related to tunnel collapses, major plant and machinery breakdown in the mining, petrochemical and energy industries.

    Languages: English, German, Afrikaans and conversant in Spanish.

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    Mark Simmons - Construction Director

    BSc Building Surveying, Chartered Surveyor (MRICS - Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), FCILA (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters), FUEDI - ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts). 

    With 30 years’ experience in risk surveying and loss adjusting, Mark brings to Advanta a wealth of technical knowledge. Over the course of his career, he has gained a good grounding in handling CAR / EAR, property, machinery breakdown, professional indemnity and third party liability losses. At Advanta, Mark specialises in all types of construction claims. 

    Languages: English.

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    Andy Cathersides

    ACII (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute), FCILA (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters), FUEDI - ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts), FIFAA (Fellow of the International Federation of Adjusting Associations).  

    Andy has over 40 years’ experience in loss adjusting gained across the world. Over the course of his career, he handled construction, engineering and energy claims, as well as related BI. Andy has also worked with the Bankers’ Blanket Bond policies (BBB) and lately he has been involved in major catastrophic losses worldwide. At Advanta, he specialises in onshore energy claims including power generation, industrial and commercial all risks. 

    Languages: English.

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    Geoff Cooke

    BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering with Management Economics, Chartered Engineer (CEng), ACILA (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters), CII (Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute). 

    After an initial period in design and development, Geoff served British Petroleum as a lead commissioning and operations engineer on several petrochemical projects worldwide. He has 15 years’ experience in international insurance, managing construction and operational losses in upstream and downstream oil and gas, bulk chemicals and power plants. 

    Languages: English and fluent in French.

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    Jeff Ashman

    BEng (Hon) Electrical & Power Engineering (University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology, 1990), Chartered Electrical Engineer, HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mining electrical Engineers Certification, Associate Member of the Institute Materials Minerals and Mining, Diploma in Management Studies.

    Jeff is an experienced engineer with over 20 years working as an electrical engineer and manager in the mining, electrical generation, transmission and distribution and food industry. He has performed insurance surveys for all forms of power generation, underground and open cast mines, as well as heavy industry installations worldwide. He also undertakes failures investigations of equipment, has taken leading roles in the design, specification and commission of large engineering projects and specializes in HV, Generators and Transformers, Steam Boilers, Power and Sub-sea Cables, DC Power and Power Stations, Electrical Transmission and Distribution, Gas, Steam, Hydro-electric and Wind Turbines, Geothermal, Risk Surveys, Pre Risk Surveys, Failure investigations, Risk Engineering Consultation and Instrumentation and Control.

    Languages: English.

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    Mark Shneier

    BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Sociology & Psychology, ACII (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute), Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

    After commencing a career in Insurance within the then Sun Alliance's Professional Indemnity underwriting team, Mark switched to claims and especially third party liability claims where he has specialised for 28 years. Mark has experience in many facets of liability matters from cross border multi jurisdiction disputes to a test case in the Court of Appeal. Mark has been a loss adjuster for over 25 years, developing a thorough knowledge and understanding of standard and bespoke policy wordings.

    Languages: English and Afrikaans.

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    John Stapleton

    Dip CII (Chartered Insurance Institute - Member of Claims and Underwriting Faculty). 

    John has 25 years’ experience working as a loss adjuster for the UK’s leading claims management companies. Throughout his career, he has acquired a thorough practical knowledge of handling commercial losses. John’s specialities include claims related to CAR / EAR, property, fire and liability. 

    Languages: English.

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    David Price

    BEng Civil and Structural Engineering (University of Sheffield - United Kingdom), Chartered Loss Adjuster (ACILA - Associate of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters).

    David is an experienced loss adjuster specialised in construction, property, engineering and business interruption claims. He originally qualified as a civil engineer and then, in 1983 as an accountant, before moving into loss adjusting after a stint as company accountant. He has worked in the UK and New Zealand for over 30 years and acquired a wealth of experience in construction, property and BI claims. He has handled complex business interruption claims related to the Christchurch earthquakes amongst other natural disaster related claims. Throughout his career, David has also gained valuable management experience running two companies providing repair and reinstatement services to the insurance industry, handling all aspects of their financial and operational matters.

     Languages: English.

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    Susan Myers

    MBA, Master of Business Administration - Business Administration and Management (University of East Anglia, 2005), BSc (Hons), Surveying and Mapping (University of East London, 1995).

    Susan is an experienced Loss Adjuster with extensive industry and insurance knowledge specialising in the handling of complex energy related onshore and offshore claims worldwide. These claims have involved, inter alia, major offshore construction, pipelines, seabed scouring, ROV operations, refinery damage, business interruption and contingent business interruption. Susan has a good understanding of wordings and policy packages, and has experience placing energy reinsurance for numerous Oil and Gas companies with a large broker. She also has industry experience working for many years as a Hydrographic Surveyor and Offshore Survey Project manager for energy and telecommunications companies worldwide, but particularly based in South America, the Falklands, Atlantic and North Sea.

    Languages: English.

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    Andrew Davies

    BSc (Hons) Computer Science, Cert CII.

    Andrew has 12 years’ experience within the insurance industry including 8 years working as a loss adjuster. Throughout his career, he has acquired considerable experience in handling a wide range of claims related to commercial property damage including CAR / EAR. At Advanta, Andrew continues to deal with a variety of construction and engineering claims which are his main specialities.

    Languages: English.

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    Ruzena Karlubik

    Chartered Certified Accountant - ACCA, MA Advanced Finance (IE Business School, Spain), MA Financial Management (Comenius University, Slovakia)

    Ruzena has 8 years’ experience in forensic accounting specialising in delay in start-up, business interruption, contingent business interruption, third party liability, property and liability claims. Ruzena has a worldwide experience across a wide variety of industries including Power Generation, Cogeneration, Construction, Mining, Chemical, Oil&Gas, Paper Production, Automotive, Steel Manufacturing, Recycling, Hospitality, Retail, Food and Beverage and others.

    Languages: English, Spanish, Slovak, Czech and basic knowledge of German.

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    Samuel Tamposi

    BA (Hons) Business Administration (George Washington University), MA Advanced Finance (IE Business School), MBA (CESMA Business School), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). 

    Samuel started his accounting career in 2006 at one of the Big Four firms where he honed his professional skills. He mainly specialises in claims related to business interruption. 

    Languages: English and Spanish.

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    Yukiko Van Wessem

    MSc Management and Business Engineering (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, 2011), MSc Civil Engineering (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2008), BEng Civil Engineering (Université Libre de Bruxelles 2006).

    Yukiko has gained her loss adjusting experience having worked on a variety of CAR, third party liability, business interruption and property loss claims throughout the course of her career. She has a thorough understanding of insurance coverage matters and expertise resolving and negotiating claim settlements in diverse sectors. Yukiko has excellent project management skills acquired through the numerous engineering and construction projects she has handled for high profile clients. She has a solid technical expertise in civil engineering and valuable industry experience having worked on a nuclear plant project, conventional energy projects and construction projects. 

    Languages: English, French, Japanese and Dutch.

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    Blue Newton

    MSc Environmental Management and Assessment (University of Brighton, 2015), BSc (Hons) (First) Physical Geography (University of Brighton, 2014).

    Blue has developed his expertise in contaminated land, flood risk assessment and geotechnical engineering. He has sharpened his analytical skills through his involvement in various environmental site investigations and in the preparation of detailed geo-environmental reports. Blue has been involved in various renewable energy projects in Brighton conducting feasibility and environmental studies during his time working for Brighton and Hove City Council.

    Languages: English.