PAUL SCOPE – Chair
COMPANY: Willis Towers Watson Bermuda
As Chairman of Willis Towers Watson Bermuda (WTW), Paul oversees its Bermuda-based operations. WTW has had a strong presence in Bermuda since 1979 and employs approximately 40 full-time staff on the island who focus on a range of activities, including alternative risk transfer, direct insurance, reinsurance, captives, life insurance and annuity.
Before joining WTW, Paul was chairman and chief executive officer of JLT Park, the Bermuda-based specialty (re) insurance division of UK-listed broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT). He has spent 30 years in the Bermuda market and 40 years in the insurance industry. From 2003–07 he was chairman and CEO of the Park Group which had offices in Bermuda, London, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto and San Francisco. In 1989, Paul established Park International, one of the first major independent wholesale brokers in Bermuda that later became Park Bermuda and was acquired by JLT in 2007.
STEPHEN WEINSTEIN – Deputy Chair
COMPANY: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd
POSITION: Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel
Stephen serves as RenaissanceRe’s chief legal officer, with responsibility for legal, regulatory, government affairs and compliance matters on a global basis. He also serves as Chair of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, the company’s charitable vehicle committed to researching and developing risk-mitigation techniques and raising awareness through conferences and outreach events, including the award-winning Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum series.
Stephen joined RenaissanceRe as General Counsel and Secretary in 2002 from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, a leading international law firm. He has been a member of RenaissanceRe’s Executive Committee since March 2006. A frequent speaker on legal, regulatory and mitigation-related matters, he serves on the boards of several industry and charitable groups. Stephen is a graduate of Columbia College, NY, and Harvard Law School.
POSITION: Deputy Chair
Fiona Beck is an experienced non-executive director, currently serving on the boards of several telecommunication and technology companies in Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Mauritius. She joined the BDA Board in 2016.
Fiona is Deputy Chair of Bermuda telecommunication provider KeyTech and Chair of the telecommunications group of America’s Cup Bermuda Ltd, delivering key telecommunication requirements for the 2017 event. She has extensive links to the Bermuda telecommunication network and the global submarine fibre-optic industry, having served as past president and CEO of Southern Cross Cable Network, a multi-national telecommunication company providing Internet connectivity from Australia and New Zealand to the West Coast of the US. Fiona is also past president of Sub Optic, the industry body for the global submarine cable sector.
COMPANY: Independent DIRECTOR
Kiernan Bell is a retired litigator, serving on the Bermuda Bar Council 2000–11 and as Bermuda Bar president 2009–11. She is also former chair of the Council’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. Kiernan currently serves as a member of the Insurance Appeals Tribunal and Chair of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, a director of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, a director of HSBC (Bermuda), and an Assistant Justice in the Civil and Commercial Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Bermuda.
She is a member of the Bermuda Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a certified mediator (CEDR).
Kiernan has written for Getting the Deal Through and Dispute Resolution Review. She is the author of the Bermuda chapter of Greene on Shareholder Claims (Jordans 2012), and “Arrangements, Amalgamations and Re-Domestications” in Offshore Commercial Law in Bermuda (ed. Kawaley CJ, Wildy, Simmonds & Hill: 2013).
COMPANY: INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
David has been involved with the promotion of Bermuda’s international business sector since 2009, and is a founding member of the BDA’s Board of Directors, also acting as the agency’s interim chief executive officer in 2014.
David was chief executive officer at Bermuda-based specialty insurer and reinsurer Endurance Specialty Holdings between 2010–13, having previously served as the company’s chief underwriting officer. He joined Endurance at its inception in 2001 as the company’s chief actuary.
Prior to Endurance, David worked for subsidiaries of Zurich Financial Services in New York and Bermuda, as well as a consulting actuary with Tillinghast/Towers Perrin. He holds an MSc in Mathematics from Oxford University, UK, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. A native Bermudian, he is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
COMPANY: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT UNIT (BDU), MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & Tourism
POSITION: Senior Manager
Lydia manages the operations of the BDU, which include working in partnership with the BDA industry focus groups, government departments, and other stakeholders to facilitate legislative and policy reform. The BDU also works closely with the BDA to provide assistance to new businesses seeking to establish operations in Bermuda. She joined the BDA Board in 2014 and serves as government liaison.
A native of Washington, DC, Lydia has substantial experience in public service, including working as an attorney in the US federal and District of Columbia governments. She has provided legal representation and support on employment litigation and tax matters, major infrastructure projects, commercial development projects, housing redevelopments, and other community development projects.
Prior to joining the BDU, Lydia worked in the Office of Project Management and Procurement in the Bermuda government’s Cabinet Office. She is admitted to the Bar in both Washington DC and the state of Maryland.
COMPANY: Conyers Trust Company (Bermuda) Limited
POSITION: DEPUTY HEAD OF TRUST SERVICES
Andrea has been involved with the BDA since 2013 as leader of its Trust & Private Client Focus Group. She helped drive national law-reform initiatives and assisted with bringing a major annual event, Transcontinental Trusts International Forum, to Bermuda. She joined the BDA Board in 2016.
A Bermudian, Andrea has worked on the island in the trust industry for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Andrea acts as liaison for the trust industry on the BDA Board, and continues to serve as a member of the agency’s Trust and Private Client Focus Group.
COMPANY: EY Bermuda
POSITION: Partner, Financial Services
Jessel joined the BDA Board in 2015, after working closely with the agency in recent years to help develop the asset management Industry. Notably, he led the Bermuda asset management task force, and, as a member of the BDA’s Asset Management Working Group, he has been actively involved with initiatives aimed at increasing business in Bermuda’s fund sector, including a 2013 interactive forum with leading US lawyers which resulted in the passage of new funds legislation for the island.
Based in Bermuda for the past 20 years, Jessel is a partner in the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands sub-area of EY’s Financial Services Office. He is the partner in charge of many of EY’s larger hedge-fund audits falling under US, Canadian, and international reporting requirements.
As a BDA Board member, he will acts as liaison for the asset management industry.
COMPANY: Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA)
POSITION: Chief Executive Officer
Ross joined the BDA as CEO in 2014, having served as a Board Director since inception. Under his tenure, the BDA has achieved business development successes across multi-industry sectors, including new company formations, job creation and consecutive quarters of national GDP growth. The agency has also won strong support from government, regulatory and corporate stakeholders. Notably, Ross has been a strong advocate overseas for the jurisdiction’s blue-chip reputation, compliance and transparency. A former permanent secretary for the Bermuda government’s Ministry of Economic Development, Ross was previously head of global marketing and business development for international law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. He holds an MBA in Insurance and Financial Risk Management from St. John’s University, New York, and has a Diploma in Company Direction (Dip IoD) from the Institute of Directors.
COMPANY: Marsh Management Services (Bermuda)
POSITION: Senior Vice President, Team Leader
Shelby Weldon has more than 30 years’ experience in Bermuda’s insurance sector, having worked in various capacities. As Team Leader at Marsh, he currently is responsible for coordinating the financial reporting and insurance services for a portfolio of captive and commercial insurance companies. He supervises a team of finance and insurance managers who take care of daily operations of each entity.
Prior to joining Marsh in 2016, Shelby held a number of senior positions at the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) over the previous 15 years, latterly as the director of licensing and authorisations. He also spent five years as the inspector of companies in the Bermuda government’s Registrar of Companies.
COMPANY: Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX)
POSITION: President and Chief Executive Officer
Greg has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) for the past 15 years. Under his leadership, the BSX has driven the development of Bermuda’s domestic capital market and attracted global capital market support, particularly in the insurance-linked securities and cat-bond sector. The BSX has also garnered numerous international endorsements, recognised by the US Securities Exchange Commission, Canada’s Ministry of Finance, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the London Stock Exchange, and the UK government’s HM Revenue and Customs, among other bodies.
Wojciechowski previously served as the BSX’s Chief Operating Officer, and prior to joining the Exchange held management positions at several US brokerage firms. He was educated in the US, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Wojciechowski also serves as Chairman of Bermuda’s Financial Intelligence Agency and ILS Bermuda Ltd, and sits on the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).