We are delighted to report that Derek Jorgensen has joined LMI Group to open a new office in the Illawarra South Coast region of New South Wales. Derek will provide claims preparation and loss adjusting services, as well as business interruption sum insured reviews. Derek has the experience and, with a Bachelor of Commerce and as a Chartered Loss Adjuster and Senior Associate of ANZIIF, the qualifications to provide the highest level of technical advice.
Derek is the eleventh person to join the Loss Management International (“LMI”) team over the past 12 months, assisting LMI to provide a high level of service as it expands its range of services and geographical spread.
Prior to commencing his insurance career in 1992, Derek worked as a Senior Business Analyst for 4 years with an international merchant bank. He commenced employment as a trainee adjuster with an international chartered loss adjusting firm in far north Queensland, with a specific emphasis on claims involving domestic and small to medium-sized businesses. Included in his work were a number of significant business interruption and public liability claims.
In mid-1995, Derek moved to Sydney to further his loss adjusting career. He has, over the years, managed multi-million dollar commercial and domestic claims on behalf of insurers, local government entities, religious organisations, non-government organisations, and self-insuring multi-national companies.
Derek has been sent on assignment to numerous natural disasters, including most recently Cyclone Larry and the Victorian ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires. He has also assisted in large scale claims involving interruption to public services and the consequential impact to businesses, including the Longford gas disaster and the Auckland power crisis. As part of his catastrophe experience, he has been seconded around Australia, New Zealand and the Bahamas. In addition to his commercial loss experience, Derek has also been involved in significant public and products liability claims, including the Sydney water crisis, which involved the potential contamination of the Sydney water supply by the parasite cryptosporidium.
Prior to joining the LMI Group, Derek was involved in the development of the Marine Division of an international loss adjusting firm, handling numerous cargo claims in excess of $1 million.
Derek joined LMI Group with a specific focus on providing loss management and claims preparation services to metropolitan Sydney and country NSW. He has been living in the Illawarra region (south of Sydney) for a number of years, and has developed a specific understanding of the business environment encountered in rural and regional areas, as distinct from those found in larger urban communities.
Welcome aboard Derek.