Meet the speakers

Toby Savage

Partner — RPC

Toby.Savage@rpc.co.uk

Toby is a Partner in RPC's energy team based in London.

Toby specialises in insurance and reinsurance with a particular focus on energy, power and property claims. He works on a broad range of energy insurance claims including advising on coverage issues, defence of liability claims and subrogation in the onshore and offshore energy sectors.

He has an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry, as well as the practical and commercial aspects affecting the handling of claims and litigation, having spent time spent time working in-house at two insurance companies.

Ben Bolton

Managing Director — Gracechurch Consulting

bbolton@gracechurchconsulting.co.uk

Ben is a market researcher by background having worked for agencies and large financial businesses including NatWest and PPP.  Ben started running his first business in 1992 and founded Gracechurch in 2001.  Gracechurch’s independent insight and advice helps clients make the right strategic decisions.

Gracechurch began doing research and consultancy for a range of blue chip professional and financial services businesses and now specialises in the commercial insurance sector. 

Ben believes in the value of the insurance product but also feels that the industry must embrace significant change to remain relevant.

Richard Ladroga

Director, Energy — DeSimone

Richard.Ladroga@de-simone.com

s a Director within DeSimone's Property Loss Consulting group, Richard Ladroga provides leadership, management, and technical oversight of the firm's energy team. 

With over 28 years of professional experience as an electrical power systems engineer, Mr. Ladroga has earned extensive experience in analysis, design, testing risk assessment, and forensic investigations of a large variety of projects involving electrical power systems. He has performed electrical substation design to 500 KV. Throughout the course of his career, he has also performed electrical system design for power generation facilities, including nuclear, fossil fuels, and hydro; for large scale microwave communication systems; large scale waste water treatment systems; aluminum and steel ore smelting foundries; petrochemical drilling fields and refineries; pulp and paper manufacturing; mining; and industrial.

Mr. Ladroga has also performed numerous electrical contact investigations. These investigations involved either serious personal injury or fatalities. Mr. Ladroga has contributed his expertise to revise electrical safety training manuals and courses in the industry. 

Mr. Ladroga earned his Associates Degree in Electronics Engineering and his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

Vincent Vandendael

Chief Commercial Officer — Lloyd’s

Vincent Vandendael joined Lloyd’s in December 2012, having previously been Chief Executive Officer of Global Corporate business for Zurich Insurance in Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Vincent is responsible for promoting and protecting Lloyd's business across the globe, seeking new business opportunities and monitoring the development of emerging markets, whilst also managing Lloyd’s international operations.

Vincent started his insurance career as a financial lines underwriter and has more than 22 years of underwriting and general management experience with both Chubb and Zurich Insurance. Having lived and worked in Belgium, France, the United States, Switzerland and Hong Kong, he has gained extensive international experience and foreign business culture expertise.

Vincent holds a commercial engineering degree from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is married, has four children, speaks several languages and lives in London.

Guillermo Lopez

Consultant — Rimkus Consulting Ltd

glopez@rimkus.com

Mr. Lopez is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 12 years’ experience in capital projects and worldwide operations in Upstream Energy, Engineering and Construction. He specialises in facilities engineering, machinery and mechanical equipment used in power generation and process industries.

His areas of expertise include large rotating equipment such as gas turbines, compressors and diesel generators. He has experience in the specification of specialist process equipment for concept studies and large-scale projects. His work encompasses functional safety and risk engineering activities, including appraisals and project reviews. He has investigated accidents resulting from failures in mechanical systems, including losses involving industrial equipment and heavy machinery. He has a particular interest in evaluating damaged equipment and developing solutions to mitigate economic losses.

Mr. Lopez is London-based with previous experience of living and working in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. He started his career in the UK after he received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cardiff University.

Zyad Jabal

Senior Consultant — Rimkus Consulting Ltd

zjabal@rimkus.com

Mr. Jabal is a Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and a licensed Profession Engineering (P.E.).  His professional background consists of over 17 years of experience in power plants, heavy industrial engineering, operations, maintenance, root cause failure analysis, project management, and implementing quality control and quality assurance procedures.

Mr. Jabal’s areas of expertise include root cause and failure mechanism analysis, engineering design and equipment selection, construction, project management, operations, maintenance, feasibility studies, economic analysis, and safety programs.  Specific areas of experience include plant systems such as gas and steam turbines (Gas: General Electric LM series, Pratt & Whitney/Mitsubishi aero derivative, and Siemens SGT series.  Steam: General Electric and Dresser-Rand), high energy piping, piping supports, boilers, and heat recovery steam generators (Riley Stoker, Alstom, B&W, Nooter/Erikson, and Hurst), pumps, heat exchangers, and diesel generators (Wartsila, Man, Sulzer, John Deere, Cummins, Caterpillar, Yanmar, Paccar).  Mr. Jabal is also experienced with ASME (BPV, PTC, B31.1, B31.3), NBIC, AWS, NFPA, and OSHA codes and standards

Richard Dicharry

Senior Partner – Phelps Dunbar LLP

​Richard.Dicharry@Phelps.com

Richard Dicharry is a senior partner in the area of insurance and reinsurance at Phelps Dunbar LLP, a U.S. law firm with offices in Houston, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana and Tampa, Florida. He began his career at Phelps Dunbar in 1978, practicing in admiralty litigation. After seven years of an active litigation practice, he refocused his practice on insurance coverage work for the London Insurance Market.  Since 1985, Mr. Dicharry has counselled and represented insurers with regard to a variety of liabilities, with particular emphasis on energy, property and uncertain date of loss exposures.  He is currently an adjunct member of the LMA Joint Liability Committee.

Stephen Catlin

XL Group

stephen.catlin@xlcatlin.com

Stephen Catlin began his insurance career in 1973 joining BL Evens & Others on Syndicate 264 at Lloyd's. In 1982 he became deputy underwriter, specialising in the excess of loss and energy accounts where he was supported as a market leader. He founded Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited in 1984, which later became part of Catlin Group Limited. Stephen served as the Catlin Group’s Chief Executive throughout its history and also served as the active underwriter of Lloyd’s Syndicate 1003 and later Syndicate 2003 until May 2003. 

He assumed the position of Executive Deputy Chairman of XL Group Ltd from May 2015 (upon the completion of XL’s acquisition of Catlin Group Limited) until May 2017. From May to December 2017, he will act as a special advisor to XL’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike McGavick. 

From September 1996 to January 2002, he was the Lloyd's nominated Director of Equitas Holdings Limited. He served as Chairman of the Lloyd's Market Association, the trade association representing the interests of Lloyd's underwriters and underwriting agents, from May 2000 until January 2003. He was a member of the Council of Lloyd's from 2002 to 2004 and a member of the Lloyd's Franchise Board from January 2003 until December 2006. He was President of the Insurance Institute of London in 2010–2011.

Stephen is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. 

He was selected as Ernst & Young’s ‘UK Entrepreneur of the Year’ in October 2011. 

He was chair of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) from January 2015 to January 2017. 

Stephen was inducted into the International Insurance Society Insurance Hall of Fame in June 2015 and is Vice Chairman of the Society. 

He is Chair of the Insurance Development Forum.

Andrew George

Chairman, Energy & Power Practice — Marsh

andrew.x.george@marsh.com

Andrew is based in London and is Chairman of Marsh’s Global Energy & Power Practice.

Andrew joined Marsh in 1988 and has undertaken a variety of roles since then. 

In 2004 Andrew moved to Dubai and became leader of the Middle East and North Africa region for Marsh Energy.  In 2008 he moved back to the UK to become CEO of Marsh Energy EMEA. In 2012 Andrew became Global Chairman of Marsh's Energy Practice. In early 2015 this group was extended to include Marsh activities in Power as well, creating Marsh Energy & Power Practice.

Andrew is a member of Marsh UK Audit Committee and is a company appointed Trustee of the MMC UK Pension Fund

Gustavo Penas

Vice President, Risk and Insurance — Shell

Gustavo.Penas@shell.com

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1969, where I graduated as a Public Charter Accountant and also obtained my MBA, specializing in Corporate Finance.

My professional career started in the M&A, Treasury and Capital Markets space, working for an Energy holding company first and then for one of the main electricity distribution companies for Buenos Aires.

I joined Shell Argentina in 1996, as Deputy Treasurer. My 20 years in Shell have proven both demanding and rewarding. Have been exposed to a wide variety of finance roles within the Downstream, Upstream and Central Finance organizations, plus the odd additional responsibility on areas like IMIT, C&P and Public Affairs. My career has also allowed me to experience fascinating cultural and business environments in different parts of the world, like the Americas, Europe, Russia and South East Asia. 

Some of my last few roles prior to the current one as RDS VP Risk & Insurance included 4 years based in Moscow as the CFO of Salym Petroleum Development, a Shell upstream JV with operations in Western Siberia, 4 years based in Kuala Lumpur as the VP Global Controller for our Finance Operations organization and the privilege of being the Transition CFO for the BG integration.

Currently living in Cobham, Surrey, in the UK, with my wife and 2 kids: a 9 year-old daughter and a 7 year-old boy, both born in Aberdeen.

Professor Dieter Helm

Official Fellow in Economics — New College, Oxford

jenny@dhelm.co.uk

Dieter is an economist specialising in utilities, infrastructure, regulation and the environment, and concentrating on the energy, water, communications and transport sectors primarily in Britain and Europe.  Dieter is an Official Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford and Professorial Research Fellow of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Yale University Press published his recent book — Burn Out: the endgame for fossil fuels, in 2017.

Peter Halliday

Vice President — Baker & O’Brien

peter.halliday@bakerobrien.com

Peter Halliday has worked for over 30 years in the petroleum industry or as a consultant.  His primary areas of expertise include process technology, refining, petrochemicals, and pipelines.  Peter also has experience in lube oil basestock manufacture, planning and economics, supply logistics, and project management.  While working with a major oil company, Peter was involved in extended project assignments in both Japan and Saudi Arabia.  The latter involved the design, start-up, operation, and feedstock supply for a new export refinery in the Kingdom.

Since becoming a consultant in 1991, Peter has conducted feasibility studies, due diligence reviews, and valuations for a large number of refinery and petrochemical assets.  He has also directed performance evaluations and operations improvement initiatives on refineries located in both Europe and Asia.  More recently, he has evaluated technologies for gas-to-liquids and biodiesel production.  Peter’s dispute resolution assignments have included:  construction in the offshore, gas plant, and power plant sectors; operational responsibilities in the pipeline sector; refinery business interruption claims; and operational negligence in the refining and distribution sectors. former East Germany and Romania.  Peter was also instrumental in the development of Solomon’s first competitive performance benchmarking studies of North American pipelines for both liquids and gas transmission.

For the year 1996, Peter was the Managing Consultant for Muse Stancil & Co.'s London office, with responsibility for business development with merchant banks and oil companies.  He was responsible for market value analyses of European, Middle Eastern, and African refineries for both prospective buyers and sellers.

In 2006, Peter joined Baker & O’Brien, Inc., in the firm’s Dallas office.  Consulting assignments have included:  market value analyses, heavy oil processing, technology evaluation, and preparation of expert reports for use in domestic and international litigation and arbitration.

Peter Bartlett

Senior Consultant /Director (UK) — Baker & O’Brien

Peter.Bartlett@bakerobrien.com

Peter has over 20 years of international experience covering oil refining, gas processing (including LNG), and petrochemical industries.  His broad background includes capital project development during all phases of the project cycle and delivering technical and strategic consulting services to a wide range of clients, including major and national oil companies, global energy traders, financial institutions, and national governments.

Peter began his career with Bechtel, where he was involved in various large scale projects.  He then joined KBC Advanced Technologies providing initially process engineering solutions, before transitioning to longer term performance improvement programs for global oil refiners.  Subsequently with KBC, then Jacobs Consultancy, he has assisted a wide range of clients develop their downstream capital plans, as well as undertake project related technical and commercial due diligence.  As a Study Manager, he has led numerous refining conceptual and feasibility studies for grassroots, clean fuels, and upgrading projects in Europe, FSU, Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia.

During Peter’s career, he has also provided technical and project management support to affiliates worldwide and was assigned to projects and positions in Croatia, Brazil, and Asia.  In his previous role as a Group Manager, he was responsible for managing client relationships, effectively delivering strategic studies and developing opportunities.

Since joining Baker & O'Brien, Peter has provided both dispute and advisory support for strategic, capital project, valuation and insurance related assignments.    

Jatin Sharma

Head of Business Development — GCube Insurance Services

jatin.sharma@gcube-insurance.com

Jatin has specialised in underwriting offshore wind, wave and tidal projects since he joined GCube in 2010 and, as Head of Business Development, has expanded the company’s visibility and reach around the globe. In 2016, Jatin was named by Windpower Monthly as one of the 25 most 'influential and interesting' individuals in the wind industry. 

Prior to joining GCube, Jatin was Divisional Director at Willis, responsible for risk consultancy, contract risk management, account management and the procurement of all classes of insurance for onshore and offshore renewable energy projects on behalf of leading power and utility companies in Europe.

Jatin started his career in renewable energy as an intern specialising in the Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the United States Congress and holds an MSc in Climate Change Management from the University of London. Jatin’s MSc thesis was on the challenges of delivering greater UK content in offshore wind. Jatin has also completed the Lloyd's Leadership Programme at London Business School.

Michael Gosselin

Chief Underwriting Officer – Specialty, Liberty Specialty Markets

Michael.Gosselin@LibertyGlobalGroup.com

Mike Gosselin is Chief Underwriting Officer – Specialty at Liberty Specialty Markets.  He is responsible for underwriting performance and profitability across all Speciality lines of business both in London and Internationally.  In addition, Mike is global Chief Underwriting Officer for Liberty’s downstream energy business.

Mike joined Liberty in 2001 from AIG New York to set up Liberty’s energy practice in London.

He has over 25 years of risk management and underwriting experience in the energy and construction sectors.  Mike graduated in 1989 with a Chemical Engineering degree from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Leonardo Garzon

Director, US Southeast Region, Caribbean & Latin American — DeSimone Consulting Engineers – Property Loss Consulting

Leonardo.Garzon@de-simone.com

As a Director of DeSimone’s Property Loss Consulting service in the United States Southeast Region, Caribbean, and Latin America, Leonardo Garzon provides technical oversight and management of the firm’s PLC team in these regions, encompassing both pre and post-loss services. With more than twenty years in the design, construction and insurance industries, Mr. Garzon has extensive experience in the evaluation, risk assessment, forensic investigation, and remedial design for a variety of structures and infrastructure projects. He has assisted leading insurance and reinsurance companies, their representative attorneys, and independent loss adjusters in high-value disputes, evaluated the scope and nature of losses, and provided pre-loss risk assessments for Property in the Energy, Oil, Commercial and Residential sectors throughout the U.S. the Caribbean and Latin America.

Mr. Garzon has also assisted multiple clients with the design an evaluation of flood protection systems, and has evaluated their performance following significant flood events.

In his previous role, as Principal Risk Engineer, Mr. Garzon reviewed the technical aspects of a wide range of construction projects in the U.S. and Latin America, and advised underwriters on the exposure to natural perils, as well as the quality of contractors, the adequacy of construction schedules and construction methods, and proposed construction budgets in the political and cultural environment. He has also assisted claims managers assessing reported losses.

Leo earned his Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University in New York, NY.

David Abbott

Partner — Clyde & Co

David is co-head of Clyde & Co's global reinsurance practice and a lead member of the energy and specialty insurance practice. He regularly advises insurers in relation to onshore energy and industrial risks and is also instructed on political and trade credit matters. He  has acted for the London market in a number of recent large losses. He undertakes both coverage work and subrogation actions in a variety of different jurisdictions.  

David is co-author of Reinsurance Practice and the Law and Tolleys Insurance Handbook. He speaks regularly at conferences on insurance and reinsurance issues and assists market bodies such as the IUA, LMA and CILA.

David was acknowledge for, “Experienced and can think outside the box and look at a problem from all angles”, in Chambers UK, 2015.

Paul Lowrie

Partner — Clyde & Co

Paul Lowrie is a Partner in the London office of Clyde & Co. Paul acts for insurers on coverage and subrogation issues relating to energy, engineering and construction claims. His energy practice extends to both upstream (control of well, construction and operation) and downstream (petrochemicals and power generation, including business interruption). He has particular experience of renewable energy claims, advising insurers in relation to onshore and offshore losses.  Paul was part of the IMIA working group which recently produced a paper focussing on cyber risk in the industrial property market.

Luis Prato

Regional Product Leader, UK & Ireland — XL Catlin

Luis.Prato@xlcatlin.com

Luis began his insurance career when he became a junior risk engineer with a local Venezuelan engineering consultancy firm in 1989, while simultaneously working towards his engineering qualifications.  Upon completion of his Mechanical Engineering degree Luis moved to the UK, where he joined the international risk engineering team of Industrial Risk Insurers (IRI) in 1993 and enrolled on a MSc Risk and Safety Management course from Bournemouth University.  In 1998 Luis joined the Zurich Global Energy London office in the capacity of Managing Director – Latin America, quickly to evolve into an worldwide Onshore Property Senior Underwriter role owing to his heavily technical background.  Luis then became a founding member of Allied World Assurance Company where he was responsible for the Energy underwriting department in London.  In 2006 Luis spent a brief time as Deputy Head of the Onshore Energy underwriting team at Aegis London, before joining Catlin’s Onshore Energy team in London as a Senior Class Underwriter in 2008.  Luis currently leads XL Catlin’s Energy team in London.

Victoria Roberts-Mills

Manager, Insurance Risk Management — BP

victoria.RobertsMills@bp.com

Victoria Roberts-Mills joined BP in 2004, having previously worked at Aon. Victoria leads the AMERC (Africa, Middle East, Russia and Caspian), Europe and Asia pacific IRM teams and is responsible for the IRM delivery to the regions, implementing the Group insurance strategy and managing key internal and external relationships. She has extensive experience of developing and leading risk management activities within the BP Group.

From 2013 Victoria worked in an Enterprise Risk Management role leading BP’s investment risk management assurance, Group risk reporting and supported key governance frameworks before returning to IRM in 2016. She holds a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Applied Geoscience and Management from the University of Manchester and is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

Lucy Clarke

Deputy CEO — JLT Specialty Limited

Lucy_clarke@jltgroup.com

Lucy is Deputy CEO of JLT Specialty Limited.  She also heads up the Energy & Marine teams and is Chairman of Northern Europe.  Lucy is a member of JLT Specialty Limited's SEC (Specialty Executive Committee) and she also sits on the JLT Specialty Board of Directors.

Lucy joined JLT in 2002 and has worked in the London market for 25 years. Lucy specializes in Upstream Energy. Lucy started her insurance career in Houston, Texas and moved to London in 1990.

Trevor Maynard

Head of Innovation, Commercial — Lloyd’s

Trevor.Maynard@lloyds.com

Trevor Maynard is Head of Innovation at Lloyd’s.  He is responsible for horizon scanning activities, thought leadership and identifying and removing innovation barriers. Trevor is Co-chairman of OASIS the open platform catastrophe modelling system, attends the management board of the Lighthill Risk Network and is a visiting senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Time Series at the London School of Economics.  He is an actuary, fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and it’s Applications, has a PhD in Statistics and Master of Science in Pure Mathematics.

Jonathan Clark

Global Head of Business Solutions Claims — SCOR Global P&C

jclark@scor.com

A Chartered Loss Adjuster and Chartered Insurer Jonathan has 35 years claims handling experience. He has dealt with claims in over 50 countries and has worked with many of the world's largest corporations on their claims programmes. He has designed and implemented claims compensation schemes for governmental bodies and was Claims Director of the Financial Services Compensation scheme from 2007 to 2009.

After a lengthy career at executive level in the world’s largest claims adjusting firms, he joined SCOR in 2013 as head of claims in London. Jonathan is now Global Head of Claims for Business Solutions within the SCOR Global P&C.

Jonathan is Past President of the London Business Interruption Association, past Treasurer of the Insurance Institute of London and current President of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters.

He holds degrees in Biochemistry and Biochemical Engineering from Oxford and London Universities.

Joe Meany

VP Global Insurance and Risk Engineering — The AES Corporation

Joe started his Risk Management career in 1989 and has enjoyed the opportunity to develop risk management programs from scratch at three companies with each being larger and more complex. His varied prior careers in accounting, commercial real estate, education and process management created a strong foundation for building successful risk management programs.

Joe currently is the Vice President, Insurance and Risk Engineering at AES, a Fortune 200 global power company with generation and distribution businesses in 18 countries. Prior to AES, Joe held management positions with National Energy and Gas Transmission, US Generating Company, HYDRA-CO Enterprises, Welch’s and Cabot, Cabot and Forbes.

Joe is active in the insurance community participating on the risk advisory boards of several international insurers and speaking at insurance industry events. He is a former Officer and President of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Upstate New York chapter.

Captain Geoff Thomas

Director — Braemar Technical Services Ltd

Geoff joined Braemar in 2006 following a long career in the Royal Navy where he specialised in submarine operations, ultimately commanding both nuclear and diesel powered submarines. Qualified as a Master Mariner (RN equivalent), he has over 30 years’ experience of operating complex engineering systems in the maritime environment.

Since joining Braemar, Geoff has been able to apply his wealth of knowledge to the Energy, Power and Marine insurance sectors and has adjusted claims concerning numerous types of power units, including nuclear plants

Adam Humphrey

Chartered Loss Adjuster — Integra Technical Services

adam.humphrey@integratechnical.com

Adam is a Chartered Loss Adjuster, Chartered Insurance Practitioner, and Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. He has over 18 years’ experience managing technical insurance claims in the marine, energy, construction and engineering sectors across the world.

In 2013 Adam started working with Integra Technical Services, where he manages energy, petrochemical, power generation, construction and engineering claims. Prior to loss adjusting, Adam worked in the construction and engineering industries.

Adam is also the chairman of CILA’s (the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters) ‘Construction, Energy and Engineering’ Special Interest Group, and a member of the Institute’s Council.

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Onshore Energy Conference is a specialist insurance conference aimed at the oil and gas and power sectors. Previously named the London Power Forum, it has now developed into the only event addressing these specialist sectors within the London market. The event attracts delegates from all disciplines and interests and has a mission in the continued improvement and development of technical knowledge in these sectors as well as providing a platform for market challenges to be addressed.