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Oliver Thoma

Executive Director


SPECIALITIES

Construction/Erection with DSU, Contractor’s Plant & Equipment, Industrial All Risks, Machinery Breakdown (Steam & Gas Turbines, Transformers, Generators, Boilers, etc.), Mining, Onshore Energy, Power Generation, Petrochemical Industry, Product Liability, Property and specific Risk Surveys.


CONTACT

othoma@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7921 948 771
+49 (0) 1704 729 700

Profile

Oliver has over 20 years’ experience in handling technical and/or complex losses across Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle- and Far-East. He has specialized in handling claims in CAR / EAR with associated DSU, power generation and industrial all risks; whilst also having experience in handling mining and major property claims. Before joining Advanta in 2005, he had gained valuable experience in working on high-profile losses related to tunnel collapses, major plant and machinery breakdown in the mining, petrochemical and energy sector. Oliver has experience in handling major & complex losses, managing the interaction required between the insured party, its broker, insurers/reinsurers, legal counsel and experts.

Professional Qualifications
— BSc Eng (Elec - Mech) with specialisation in Mining
— MSc Eng (Operations Management)

Languages
— English
— German
— Afrikaans
— Spanish

John Donald

Executive Director


SPECIALITIES

Onshore and Offshore Energy/ Natural Resources - Upstream and Downstream, Renewable Energy, Risk Management, Commercial Insurance, Property & Casualty


CONTACT

jdonald@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7496 816 567

Profile
John Donald heads up our Global Energy offering as Global Energy Director. 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.

Professional Qualifications
— City & Guilds Mechanical Engineering
— BTEC Mechanical Engineering
— Certified CII

Languages
— English

David McGhie

Director


SPECIALITIES

CAR / EAR (tunnelling / underground works), CPE, Wet Risks, ALOP / DSU, Project Monitoring, Machinery Breakdown, Fire, Business Interruption, Petrochemical Risks, Risk Surveys


CONTACT

dmcghie@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7860 439 090

Profile
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.

Professional Qualifications
— AA Dip (Diploma Architectural Association)
— Chartered Architect (RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects)

Languages
— English
— German
— Spanish
— Working knowledge of Italian

George Gough

Director – Specialist Liabilities


SPECIALITIES

Professional Indemnity, Commercial Crime, E&O, D&O and other Management Liabilities, EPL, Product Liability, Recall & Guarantee, Warranty & Indemnity and Cyber/Technology Risks


CONTACT

ggough@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7827 946 766

Profile
George has nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance industry and specialises in professional liability. He joins Advanta following a distinguished career in prestigious global loss adjusting firms. George has handled high value and complex assignments across the world and lectured at Lloyds on the management of major incidents. He also project managed the insurance market response to the Buncefield oil explosion – the largest loss in peacetime Europe. At Advanta, George will provide strategic leadership, developing our Specialist Liabilities division to deliver enhanced value to our clients.

Languages
— English

Andres Artopoulos

Director - Risk Engineering


SPECIALITIES

Industrial All Risks, Power and Energy Plants, Oil, Third Party Liability


CONTACT

aartopoulos@advantaglobal.com
+54 9 (11) 4143 4387
+54 (11) 4545 3139

Profile
Andres has over 32 years’ experience in the insurance industry as an engineer and risk analyst. He started his career as a loss adjuster in 1998 working on claims related to large infrastructure projects across Latin America. Andres has also an extensive teaching experience in delivering advanced courses to insurance professionals. He specialises in industrial all risks, power and energy claims.

Professional Qualifications
— MBA (IAE - Business School, Universidad Austral)
— PgDip Engineering with specialisation in Industrial Hygiene and Safety (Universidad de Buenos Aires)
— BSc Eng (Industrial) (Universidad de Buenos Aires)
— SSN (Argentina National Insurance Commission - Registered Loss Adjuster)

Languages
— Spanish
— Conversant in English

Andrew Medlicott

Associate Director – Commercial Property


SPECIALITIES

UK Domestic and Commercial Property Claims including HNW, CAT and Major Loss Investigation


CONTACT

amedlicott@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7525 901 186

Profile
Andrew has worked within the UK Insurance market for over 30 years, 25 of which have been as a Loss Adjuster for various companies. During this time, he has developed various skills in claims handling and investigation of claims, working with Composite Insurers, together with the Lloyds and Captive markets. He has experience of dealing with UK catastrophe work and also spent many months working in the Caribbean following Hurricane Dorian, managing numerous multimillion dollar losses. Andrew also spends time working as a client relationship manager for many clients and assists with the development of the UK business.

Professional Qualifications
— Diploma CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)
— Diploma CILA (Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters)

Languages
— English

Ruzena Karlubik

Manager - Forensic Accounting


SPECIALITIES

Business Interruption, Property, Liability


CONTACT

rkarlubik@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 787 269 3240

Profile
Ruzena has over 10 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.

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

Languages
— English
— Spanish
— Slovak
— Czech
— Working knowledge of German

Richard Diamond

Manager - Quantity Surveying


SPECIALITIES

Commercial Construction, Project Management, Distressed Projects, In-occupational/live Environment


CONTACT

rdiamond@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 775 978 8555

Profile
Richard has over 20 years’ experience and an advanced knowledges of all aspects of construction, providing Quantity Surveying, Project Management and Employer’s Agent services to clients across all construction sectors. Throughout his career, Richard has gained considerable experience in distressed projects, disputes, claims, refurbishment projects and in-occupation/live environments projects. He has led contact negotiations, claims and final account agreements. At Advanta, Richard leads the Quantity Surveying practice.

Professional Qualifications
— BSc (Hons) Construction Management
— PG Diploma Project Management
— MBA Construction and Real Estate
— Chartered Construction Manager
— MCIOB
— MRICS

Languages
— English
— Afrikaans

Marc Godfrey

Executive Senior Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

CAR/EAR, Property, Onshore Energy, Political Violence, CAT


CONTACT

mgodfrey@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7830 073 689

Profile
Marc is a seasoned professional with over three decades of expertise. Transitioning into the insurance industry in 1998 after a sixteen-year tenure in construction, he capitalized on his comprehensive understanding of the construction domain in the UK and globally. Over the past 20 years, Marc has specialized in adjusting high-profile construction, energy and political violence claims across diverse regions, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America, and the Caribbean. His involvement in handling CAT claims in the Caribbean, Chile and Turkey, coupled with secondments to esteemed International Chartered Loss Adjusting practices in Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.A., underscores his global reach and extensive experience.

Professional Qualifications
— Cert CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)
—Incorporated Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB)

Languages
— English
— Portuguese
— Spanish

John Stapleton

Senior Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Property, CAR / EAR, Subsidence, Fire, Liability


CONTACT

jstapleton@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7710 917 506

Profile
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.

Professional Qualifications
— Dip CII (Chartered Insurance Institute - Member of Claims and Underwriting Faculty)

Languages
— English

Geoff Cooke

Senior Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Operational Package, CAR / EAR, Energy, Petrochemicals, Bulk Chemicals, Agrochemical Industry


CONTACT

gcooke@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7568 350 252

Profile
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.

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

Languages
— English
— Fluent in French

Jeff Ashman

Risk Engineer


SPECIALITIES

Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Heavy Industries (including steel, cement and aluminum), Food processing Plants and Mining


CONTACT

jashman@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 785 250 1074

Profile
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 undertaken numerous risk surveys and handled a wide range losses pertaining to 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.

Professional Qualifications
— BEng (Hon) Electrical & Power Engineering (University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology)
— 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

Languages
— English

David Price

Senior Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Business Interruption, Property, Engineering, CAT


CONTACT

dprice@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7780 117 886

Profile
David is an experienced loss adjuster/forensic accountant specialised in business interruption, property, engineering, property and liability claims. He commenced his career as a qualified chartered accountant serving as a company accountant prior to working as a loss adjuster. He has worked in the UK and New Zealand for over 30 years and acquired a wealth of experience in business interruption and property 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 applied his strong accountancy and management skills in the running of two companies that provided repair and reinstatement services to the insurance industry, handling all their financial management aspects.

Professional Qualifications
— BEng Civil and Structural Engineering (University of Sheffield - United Kingdom)
— Chartered Loss Adjuster (ACILA - Associate of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters)
— Chartered Accountant

Languages
— English

Stewart Carswell

Senior Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Major and Complex claims, Property, NATCAT, Business Interruption


CONTACT

scarswell@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7535 447 596

Profile
Stewart is a qualified senior loss adjuster with over 40 years of experience in the UK insurance market. During this time, he has developed skills in claims handling and investigation, working with composite insurers, together with the Lloyds market. Stewart’s main specialities include Major and Complex claims, High Net Worth, Business Interruption, and multi-million-pound losses throughout the UK. Over the course of his outstanding career, he has also dealt with many UK major events following severe flooding and escape of water losses and was involved in the claims handling process of the Lockerbie disaster. Stewart also provides technical support and assists with business development and client relationships to reinforce our footprint in the UK territory.

Professional Qualifications
— FCII (Fellow Chartered Insurance Institute)
— FCILA (Fellow Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters)
— FUEDI – ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts)
— FIFAA (Fellow International Federation of Adjusting Associations)

Languages
— English

Richard Edwards

Senior Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

UK Commercial and Domestic Property Markets including HNW, Major Loss and Fraud Investigation


CONTACT

redwards@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7375 659 430

Profile
Richard has 29 years’ experience within the Insurance Industry, including 23 years as a Loss Adjuster. He has also worked for a major insurance company, including 2 years as an Underwriter. As a Loss Adjuster, Richard has handled a variety of Commercial and Domestic Property losses including large and complex losses, HNW losses, fraud investigations and major events such as flooding in Kendal, Sheffield and Hull.

Professional Qualifications
— Diploma CILA (Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters)
— Certificate CII Claims (Chartered Insurance Institute)
— Insurance Technician (British Damage Management Association - DBMA)

Languages
— English

Andrew Davies

Senior Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Engineering, Construction, Commercial Property Damage, CAR / EAR


CONTACT

adavies@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7823 778 790

Profile
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.

Professional Qualifications
— BSc (Hons) Computer Science
— Certificate CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)

Languages
— English

Amanda D’Mello

Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Loss Adjusting, Management, Accounting


CONTACT

admello@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7507 426 699

Profile
Amanda has over 16 years’ experience in finance and operations in the Middle East and the UK. At Advanta, she has progressed from an administration role to Loss Adjusting and is currently working in our Energy Division, assisting on a variety of energy related insurance losses. Amanda has worked over five years handling claims in a variety of insurance areas such as Marine, Commercial Property, Fire and Perils, Business Interruption and Machinery Breakdown, among others. Amanda is currently pursuing further CII/CILA qualifications.

Professional Qualifications
— BCom (Bachelor of Commerce)
— Cert. CILA (Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters)

Languages
— English
— Hindi
— Basic Arabic

Mark Shneier

Senior Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Employers, Public and Products Liability claims, latterly specialising in liability within the construction sector, Professional Indemnity claims, Contract Disputes, Party Wall claims, Non-Negligent Liability (JCT Clause 6.5.1 / 21.2.1), Rip and Tear claims, Product Efficacy, Medical Negligence, Multi-jurisdictional Liability disputes, Engineering and Infrastructure claims


CONTACT

mshneier@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 798 532 2461

Profile
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 35 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 30 years, developing a thorough knowledge and understanding of standard and bespoke policy wordings.

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

Languages
— English
— Afrikaans

Jason Ro

Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Commercial and Domestic, Large Loss settlements, NAT CAT


CONTACT

jro@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 771 058 2196

Profile
Jason is a seasoned adjuster with an extensive background in Commercial and Domestic claims, complemented by substantial experience in Large Loss settlements. With over 25 years in the industry, he has successfully managed numerous high-profile disasters, notably during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria in 2017. Jason will closely collaborate with Andrew Medlicott to provide comprehensive support for our clients nationwide.

Professional Qualifications
— Cert CILA (Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters)
— Cert CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)
— Media Training Certification

Languages
— English

David Henriquez

Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Construction & Engineering, Property, Quantity Surveying


CONTACT

dhenriquez@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 7375 046673

Profile
David is a professional with 17 years of experience in the construction and insurance arena. Throughout his career, he has served as a consultant expert for Central American private and public organisations in the legal, insurance, finance, and real estate sectors. David has hands-on experience dealing with CAT events, having participated as an adjuster in the Hurricane of 2020 in Honduras, proving support in over 50 claims. He also offered on-site assistance for infrastructure damages caused by flooding in two Honduran international airports. Moreover, David has conducted more than 250 residential and commercial appraisals, development assessments, funding control, and social interest valuations for both public and private banking sectors. He has played a crucial role as an expert for judicial circuits, providing assessments covering property valuation, cost analysis, and building surveying.

Professional Qualifications
— BEng in Civil Engineering (Universidad de Costa Rica)
— MBA (Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana, Honduras)
— MSc Project Management - Construction Projects (Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica)
— Chartered Institute of Building CIOB Applicant Member
— MSc Quantity Surveying (in progress)

Languages
— Spanish
— English

Zack Abbas

Loss Adjuster


SPECIALITIES

Property


CONTACT

zabbas@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 07375 659431

Profile
Zack is an experienced adjuster with a focus on Property claims, bringing 5 years of expertise in loss adjusting. With a background at a respected international firm, he has developed a deep understanding of domestic claims, including damage assessment and policy interpretation. Based in Glasgow, Zack will bolster our expanding property division, further extending our services throughout the UK.

Professional Qualifications
— BDMA Tech Ins (British Damage Management Association)
—Cert CILA (The Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters)

Languages
— English
— Urdu

Ellen Wade

Claims Assistant


SPECIALITIES

Personal Lines and Commercial Insurance


CONTACT

ewade@advantaglobal.com
+44 (0) 750 874 1482

Profile
Ellen has over 20 years of experience within the insurance industry. Throughout her career, she gained knowledge in all areas of Personal Lines and Commercial Insurance, assisting in managing claims through to settlement. She has also robust administration skills with complementary experience in sales and customer service. Ellen joins the team in Manchester to support the day-to-day operations and assist our adjusters to better serve our clients in the UK.

Professional Qualifications
— Certificate of Proficiency of the Chartered Insurance Institute (General Insurance & The Insurance Business)
— RSA NCVQ - Advanced Diploma in Office Procedures
— RSA NCVQ - Business Administration Level 2

Languages
— English