Our People

United Kingdom

Address
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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    Oliver Thoma - Power and Mining Director

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

    Oliver has over 20 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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    Adam Humphrey - Energy and Property Director

    LL.B. Bachelor in Law (University of East Anglia), DipLP Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of Law), MA in Management and IT (University of West London), Fellow Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (FCILA), Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII), Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), International Certificate in Risk Management (CRIM), Associate member of The Academy of Experts (AMAE), Accredited Mediator (CEDR), Accredited Expert - European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts (FUEDI-ELAE), Fellow of the International Federation of Adjusting Associations (FIFAA).

    Adam is a Chartered Loss Adjuster with over two decades of experience managing technical and complex contractual and insurance claims internationally. Adam possesses a wealth of experience having worked in the construction and engineering industries, prior to entering the loss adjusting profession. Adam has built a reputation in the insurance market due to his extensive experience in energy, property, construction & engineering and specialist liability claims.

    Languages: English, basic German and French.
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    John Donald - Director - Global Energy

    City & Guilds Mechanical Engineering, BTEC Mechanical Engineering, Certified CII. 

    John Donald has joined Advanta Global as Director – Global Energy. He has worked as an energy loss adjuster for over 30 years, initially in the Middle East before transferring to London in 1990.  In recent years he acted as Managing Director and Chairman of The Energy & Natural Resources division of a major loss adjusting firm. He has wide international experience in the onshore and offshore energy markets. John has managed the adjustment of many complex energy claims throughout the world. He also has a wealth of experience in the adjustment of construction claims, hurricane-related losses, property damage, well control and OEE losses, Loss of Production Income (LOPI) and Business Interruption (BI).  In his early career he worked at British Steel and on engineering projects in UK-based Petrochemical facilities.

    Languages: English.

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    George Pooley - Director - Global Renewable Energy - Onshore

    BA (Hons) Economics (University of Exeter), ACII (Chartered Insurance Institute - Advanced Diploma), Full GWO (Global Wind Organization) safety certification for onshore/offshore environments.

    Based in London, George is the Divisional Director of Advanta Renewables, leading the team and handling technical and complex claims. He has over 15 years’ experience in loss adjusting as well as offering risk advisory services, specifically in the Renewable Energy insurance space, which complement his expertise in this field. His experience in this sector is predominately focused on Onshore Wind and Photovoltaic Power plants, both operational and under construction. He is highly competent in dealing with all aspects of claims and insurance relating to all type of Renewable Energy (biomass, hydro, offshore wind etc.). George is highly regarded within the insurance market as solutions orientated and as an individual who achieves results consistently, having successfully led niche teams in the Renewable Energy space on global basis.

    Languages: English and French - bilingual.

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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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    Ryan Dibden

    Ryan has almost 30 years’ loss adjusting and claims handling experience, managing an array of claims within the Construction & Engineering sector. He has previously held account responsibility and managerial roles at two major Insurers and Adjusters, where he was responsible for the UK operation. Ryan specialises in all aspects of Construction & Engineering claims including Contractors all risks, Plant and Machinery, Engineering breakdown and Deterioration of Stock. Over the course of his career, he has handled his own caseload of large and complex engineering (plant & machinery) claims and was responsible for the successful transition (pilot to full account) by one major Insurer. At Advanta, he will reinforce the UK network utilising his extensive knowledge in the field. 

    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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    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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    Andrew Davies

    BSc (Hons) Computer Science, Certificate CII (Chartered Insurance Institute).

    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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    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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    Ian Watt

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

    Ian is a chartered loss adjuster with over forty years’ experience in the profession. He began his adjusting career handling property, high net worth, construction and liability claims in the UK. In 1988 he became involved with hurricane claims in the Caribbean, subsequently moving into a Home-Foreign role in London, handling a varied portfolio of major and complex overseas claims for both the London and international markets. In 2003 he launched his independent consultancy, providing a range of claim, risk and consultancy services to UK and overseas Insurers, Reinsurers and loss adjusters.

    Languages: English, French, basic German and Spanish.
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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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    Carmen Olmeda

    BEng in Mining and Energy (Polytechnic University of Madrid, UPM), Candidate for Masters in Energy Engineering (UPM), currently undertaking the Certificate in Insurance (CII).

    Carmen commenced her professional career as an engineer working for major companies in the energy industry in Spain. She entered the London insurance market in 2013 where she has been furthering her career specializing in energy including renewables, construction and engineering claims. Carmen has handled technical claims globally including offshore and onshore risks and major losses occurring during the construction and operational phases of power generation and oil and gas plants.

    Languages: English, Spanish, basic Portuguese and French.
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    Michael Gresty

    BSc (Hons) Physics (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), ACILA (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters), ACII (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute), Chartered Insurance Practitioner. 

    Michael is a Chartered Loss Adjuster with 30 years’ experience in managing complex and technical claims, both in the UK and overseas. Originally working in the construction, engineering and BI fields; for the last 18 years he has specialised in liability claims. He has extensive experience dealing with multi-million-pound fire, flood and construction claims; as well as major injury claims and fatalities. In addition, Michael has experience of products, environmental and cyber claims. 

    Languages: English, basic German and French.

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    Joseph Brennan

    MEng Hons in Civil and Structural Engineering (Leeds University). 

    Joseph has over 9 years of multi-discipline experience as an engineer. He initially worked in Civil Engineering after graduating, delivering foundation and structural repair projects related to subsidence. Joseph then worked for over five years as a Project Engineer on multiple offshore and subsea projects for Oil & Gas clients in the North Sea. During that time, he was involved in multiple scopes of work, ranging from subsea structure installations to flexibles and umbilicals as well as diving and ROV intervention. 

    Languages: English.

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    Alistair Riley

    Bachelor in Music Technology (Kingston University).

    Alistair has joined Advanta as a loss adjuster in our Construction UK/Surveying division, working as part of a team of highly experienced loss adjusters. He is assisting on a variety of construction related insurance losses: Construction All Risks, Machinery Breakdown and Inherent Defects claims among others. Alistair has several years’ experience in the finance and insurance markets and is now keen to progress his career as a Construction adjuster. He is currently studying for his CILA qualification.

    Languages: English.

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    Alasdair Boyle

    Advanced CILA Diploma, Diploma in Insurance (Dip CII), Graduate Diploma in Law, BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (University of Leeds).

    Alasdair has over 5 years’ experience as a Loss Adjuster. He is an experienced claims’ professional, having initially commenced his career as a Claims Advocate at a specialist claims advocacy company before working for an international loss adjusting practice in the City, handling major property losses. He has significant experience dealing with complex claims and managing experts such as Forensic Accountants, Surveyors and Engineers.

    Languages: English.

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    Emma Evans

    BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (First Class), Certificate CII (Chartered Insurance Institute). 

    Emma is a loss adjuster with a focus in Energy and Renewables who joined Advanta as part of the newly formed renewables team. Prior to Advanta, she worked at the specialist loss adjusting firm Renewable Energy Loss Adjusters (RELA) where she worked as the main solar energy adjuster. Emma has presented on the subject of solar energy claims at various conferences within Europe and the US. She has substantial knowledge of wind energy claims and is experienced in handling large and complex claims. Emma also undertakes and writes pre-risk surveys for renewable energy assets. 

    Languages: English.


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    Nicolas Baker

    BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering (Imperial College London), MSc in Composite Materials (Imperial College London), Dip CII (Chartered Insurance Institute), Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. 

    Nicholas has 10 years’ experience in loss adjusting and claims handling within the energy sector, with five years specifically focused on renewable energy. He specialises in wind, solar and biomass claims worldwide and has dealt with complex and contentious losses. He has also undertaken pre-risk surveys on renewable assets on behalf of insurers and owners, and has been speaker at conferences internationally to underwriters and brokers.

    Languages: English.

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    Amanda D’Mello

    BCom in Finance, Audit & Taxation (St. Xavier’s College), Cert. CILA (Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters). 

    Amanda has over 16 years’ experience in finance and operations in the Middle East and the UK. She has progressed from an administration role to Loss Adjusting. She has worked over 5 years handling claims in a variety of insurance classes: Marine, Commercial Property, Fire and Perils, Business Interruption, Machinery Breakdown and Theft, among others. Amanda has also carried out on-site surveys relating to property and public liability losses, following up with documentation for settlement and closure with the preparation of draft claim reports. 

    Languages: English, Hindi and basic knowledge of Arabic.

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    Kurt Braganza

    BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (University of Southampton), MSc in Renewable Energy Systems (University of Surrey). 

    Kurt is an assistant loss adjuster that supports the handling of claims in the Advanta Renewables Team. Before joining the team, he worked at a start-up that specialised in data collection of battery storage and EV charging stations around the world. He is currently working towards attaining his first CII qualification. 

    Languages: English.