Matthew Sommerville (United Kingdom) has been appointed Head, Claims Department and took on his new position on 8 March 2012. Matthew joined the Secretariat as Claims Manager/Technical Adviser in February 2011. He has 26 years of experience in the marine spill response sector having worked for the UK Government, scientific research, and commercial and not for profit organisations. He has experience in claims handling having worked for many years with ITOPF, P&I Clubs and the IOPC Funds. Since he joined the Secretariat, Matthew has assisted in the management of the Claims Department. In addition to this role, Matthew will retain his role of Technical Adviser.