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CHAIR

SOPHIE SEELEY

Senior Marine Liability Underwriter - QBE

Sophie is a Marine Liability Underwriter who joined QBE in September 2019. Prior to this, Sophie spent 18 months at RSA, underwriting Ports and Terminals and Marine Liabilities, and over four years at Carina. Sophie joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2021.

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VICE CHAIR
KATIE PEMBROKE

Account Manager: Energy - Ed Broking

Katie is an Account Manager/Broker at Ed Broking LLP having joined the Energy team in 2019. She specialises in North American Upstream Energy and has a range of account management experience across the International Energy sector. Katie joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2023. Please feel free to contact her with any Energy related queries.

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TREASURER & SPORTS OFFICER
CRAIG BIRD

Legal Director - Clyde & Co LLP

Craig joined Clyde & Co in 2015 and is an experienced marine lawyer advising London market and international marine insurers/reinsurers on all matters arising out of the sale, insurance and carriage of goods, by sea, air, road and rail. Craig also regularly advises on other marine classes such as warehousing, liability, yachts and specie.
Craig is frequently asked by leading insurers in London, Europe and ASIA to provide marine insurance coverage advice in respect of high value losses.  Having completed two London market secondments in 2016 and 2017 at Zurich and Brit, Craig has broad experience of the insurance market and first-hand experience of adjusting marine, fine art and specie claims.  
Craig joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2020.

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SECRETARY
ANDREW MACKENZIE

Marine Claims Adjuster – Atrium

Andrew Mackenzie joined Atrium Underwriters Ltd as a Marine Claims Adjuster in June 2018 and handles a variety of classes of business including Marine, Marine Cargo and Energy. Andrew began his career in 2012 on the Lloyd's of London Claims Graduate Scheme before joining as a Marine Claims Advocate at Marsh Ltd. Andrew has an MA in History from the University of Durham, is ACII qualified and is an Associate Member of the Association of Average Adjusters. He joined the Marine & Energy U35s committee in January 2021.

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EDUCATION OFFICER
WILLIAM SMYTH

UK Head of Marine Claims - AIG

Will heads up the UK Marine claims team at AIG, having started the role in 2022. Previously he worked at Axa XL in the Marine team, and at Starr Companies as an Aviation claims adjuster. He has experience dealing with a variety of aspects of Marine, namely Hull, Cargo, Ports and Terminals and Liability. Will is ACII qualified and an Associate Member of the Association of Average Adjusters. 

Will joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2022. 

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SOCIAL OFFICER
LUKE OGILVIE

Marine Liability & War Underwriter - Liberty Specialty Markets

Luke is a Marine Liability and Marine War Underwriter at Liberty Speciality Markets. He has been at Liberty since 2012.
Luke joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2020. Please feel free to contact Luke with any enquiries.

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MEDIA OFFICER
ALEX OTOKA

Class Underwriter: Upstream Energy - Chaucer Group

Alex is currently an Upstream Energy underwriter at Chaucer having joined the team in 2013. He has over 11 years of market experience, having started his career at Starr Companies in February 2012.

Alex joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2022. 

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EFSTATHIA RIZOU

Senior Marine & Energy Liability Claims Adjuster - MS Amlin

Efi is a Senior Claims Adjuster at MS Amlin, having joined from Chubb in 2022. She has a Master in Maritime Insurance and Law and a broad range of experience across Marine classes including Cargo, Specie and Fine Art, Hull, and Liability. Efi joined the Marine & Energy U35s committee in January 2023. Please feel free to contact her with any Marine or Energy queries.

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CIARA SHEIKH

Marine Hull Underwriter - Apollo Syndicate

Ciara is a Hull Underwriter at Apollo Syndicate. Having worked at MS Amlin in Dubai for 6 years across a range of Marine classes including Hull, Yacht, FP P&I and Specie, Ciara moved across to MS Amlin London in 2021. She has been working at Apollo since August 2022. Ciara joined the Marine U35s Committee in 2023; please feel free to contact her with any Hull queries.

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JAKE HANNATH

Associate Director - MatthewsDaniel

Jake is an energy Loss Adjuster at MatthewsDaniel, where he primarily works on upstream oil and gas claims. He joined MatthewsDaniel in 2014, having previously worked for two years on offshore drilling rigs as a Mud Logger with Baker Hughes in the UK sector of the North Sea.
Jake joined the Marine & Energy U35s committee in January 2020 and served as Chairman in 2022.

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MAX ELLIOT

Specie Underwriter - Markel International

Max is a Fine Art and Specie Underwriter at Markel International. He has been on the Markel Specie team since 2012 having joined Markel through their graduate scheme. 
Max joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2020. Please feel free to contact him with any Specie queries.

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LOUIS THRUMBLE

Cargo Underwriter - Chubb

Louis is an Underwriter in the Marine Cargo team at Chubb having joined in 2022. Prior to this he worked at Hiscox within the Marine and Energy division initially as an Underwriting assistant and then as a Cargo Underwriter. Louis joined the Marine & Energy U35s committee in January 2023.  Please feel free to contact him with any Cargo queries.

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INGRID HU

Associate Lawyer - Kennedys

Ingrid qualified into the Kennedys’ Marine Team in September 2020. She advises on a variety of matters including hull & machinery, cargo, P&I, salvage/GA and charterparty issues, and has experience in coverage, defence and recovery disputes. Ingrid joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2023.

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ALEX RILEY

Major Loss Energy Claims Adjuster - AIG

Alex joined AIG in 2023 and works as a Major Loss Energy Claims Adjuster.  Alex deals with claims across a broad spectrum within the Energy sector encompassing, upstream, downstream, mining, refining, power, and renewable sectors.  Alex is ACII qualified and holds a chartered title.  Prior to his role at AIG, Alex worked as an Energy & Power Claims Advocate at Marsh where he represented clients, strategically advising them throughout the claims process.  Alex began his insurance career at Zurich, joining the Graduate Management Programme, going on to work as an Energy Claims Adjuster.

Alex joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2023.

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PETER SMITH

Deputy Underwriter – Standard Club

Peter is an Underwriter in the European Division at the Standard Club, where he works with the Club's German and Nordic members. Peter joined the Marine & Energy U35s Committee in January 2021.

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