Our people

Our Management Team

Our strong, experienced and collaborative management team have a track record of building sustainable companies.


Christopher Hopton
Chairman of the Group

Christopher joined the Group’s Board in 2005, becoming Non-Executive Chairman of the Group in 2010.

He is currently a Partner in Talisman Management, providing advisory and management services to companies seeking external support with their growth plans.

Before Talisman, Christopher spent 20 years at Bain & Company heading the London insurance practice. While at Bain & Co he worked with many businesses in the London and International markets including Lloyd’s of London, Sedgwick, A. J. Gallagher, Montpelier Re and service providers such as Charles Taylor.

Christopher is a qualified lawyer and worked in the M&A department at Clifford Chance after reading Law at Cambridge University. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Christopher Hopton
Chairman of the Group

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Dane Douetil
Group Chief Executive Officer

Dane joined the Group as Group Chief Executive Officer in September 2013.

Dane, previously Chief Executive Officer of Brit Insurance Holdings NV, has more than 30 years of industry experience, covering broking and underwriting in insurance and reinsurance in both retail and wholesale environments. Prior to restructuring Benfield Re, which became Brit Insurance, he was a founding shareholder and director of specialist insurance broker Special Risk Services Limited, a business which was successfully built to become a highly profitable enterprise and was sold to Minets (now AON).

Dane, who began his career at Willis, has deep roots in Lloyd’s and the London markets, having previously been Chairman of the Lloyd’s Market Association and of the London Market Reform Group. In 2007, Mr Douetil was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of the reform work undertaken in the UK insurance market.

Dane Douetil
Group Chief Executive Officer

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Andrew Bustillo
Chief Executive Officer BMS Inc.

Andrew joined the Group in March 2014. He is headquartered in New York and is a member of the Group Executive Committee.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of BMS Intermediaries, Andrew Bustillo leads the development of U.S. business. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and the Board of BMS Inc. He also is Chairman of the Board of BMS Capital Advisory. Andrew has 30 years of experience and prior to joining BMS ran RedBank Re, which he founded in 2009, providing advisory and reinsurance services to a range of clients. Andrew was previously Executive Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee for Benfield Inc.’s U.S. operations. He has also held senior leadership roles at Guy Carpenter and EW Blanch. His career began in the underwriting community in 1985, with positions at M&G Re and Constitution Reinsurance Corporation.

Andrew holds an MBA in Finance & International Business from NYU Stern School of Business, and graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Economics and Spanish. He is Chairman of the Board at Covenant House International, the largest privately funded provider of services to homeless and trafficked youth in the Americas.

Andrew Bustillo
Chief Executive Officer BMS Inc.

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Nick Cook
Chief Executive Officer BMS Group

Nick joined the Group in 2010 and is a member of the Group Board and Group Executive Committee.

He began his career with Sedgwick Plc. in 1992 in the International Property department and was later responsible for Sedgwick’s Asia Pacific property portfolio. He joined Marsh & McLennan in 1998 as a Vice President in their International business, responsible for the company’s largest corporate Asia Pacific clients. In 2000 Nick moved to Glenrand Marsh (Glencairn Ltd) where he founded and developed their Property and Casualty business, joining the board following the MBO in 2006. In 2009 Nick took over as the Group CEO of Glencairn Ltd.

Nick Cook
Chief Executive Officer BMS

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Darren Doherty
Chief Executive Officer Pioneer Underwriters

Darren Doherty launched Pioneer in April 2011 as a London based MGA/MGU, with full delegated underwriting authority in over 120 Lloyd’s class codes using a pre analysed broker portfolio as its foundation. Pioneer operated with the backing of Liberty Syndicate and continues to operate as their agent.

Prior to Pioneer, Darren was a founder and director of BMS's Direct & Facultative division for 12 years, latterly as Managing Director.

Darren has spent twenty years in the Lloyd’s market as a worldwide producing and placing broker. This involved many years working with MGAs, Binding Authorities and Program Managers and included 10 years of US business production. His experience spans production and placing of MGA business. Creating and managing MGA and MGU arrangements, Lloyd’s cover holder status approval and Capital backed underwriting entities. Darren has also worked on several Lloyd’s syndicate start ups.

Darren sits on the board of Pioneer, J Safra insurance services, MGAA and Minova Insurance Group; he is an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute.

Darren Doherty
Chief Executive Officer Pioneer Underwriters

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James Morley
Non Executive Director of the Group

James joined the Group’s board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2011.

He is a Chartered Accountant with an executive background including some 25 years as Group Finance Director within a number of listed public companies, including various insurance companies.

Over the last few years his business experience has been focused on Non Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman positions within a number of PLCs including; Costain, the UK and international construction company, the Innovation Group PLC, Clarkson PLC and Speedy Hire.

James Morley
Non Executive Director of the Group

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Robert A. Spass
Non Executive Director of the Group

Robert joined the Group’s board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2014.

Robert was the co-founder of Capital Z, and Managing Partner of Fund I, II, III, IV and V and both of the SPVs.

Prior to forming Fund I in 1990, Robert was a Director in the Investment Banking Division of Salomon Brothers, Inc., with responsibility for corporate finance relationships with the insurance industry. Prior to joining Salomon Brothers, he was a Senior Manager for Peat Marwick Main & Co., providing accounting and consulting services to the insurance industry.

Robert currently serves as a director of several portfolio companies of the Funds.

For over thirty years, he has been a leading figure in the design and structuring of investments in the Financial Services Industry. Robert helped pioneer the use of reinsurance financing as a corporate finance tool in buyout transactions and helped design some of the first leveraged buyouts of insurance companies.

Robert A. Spass
Non Executive Director of the Group

Paul Vincent
Group Finance Director

Paul became Group Finance Director in 2006 and is a member of the Group Board and Group Executive Committee.

He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Binder Hamlyn which included 6 years in corporate finance, before moving to Lloyd's firm Cox Insurance Holdings. He joined Cox in 1998 as acquisitions manager and worked in a number of senior finance positions while there, including director of corporate finance, head of treasury and finance director.

Paul has a degree in Economics from Birmingham University.

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Group Finance Director

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Ian Waterston
Chairman BankServe, part of BMS Group

Ian joined the Group in 2000 and is a member of the Group Board and Group Executive Committee.

Ian is Chairman of BankServe, part of BMS Group, the global leader in Insurance consultancy and risk transfer for shipping, offshore and aviation financiers. BankServe is the broker for 15 of the world’s top 25 banks, annually placing over US$150bn of risk into the insurance markets on their behalf.

Ian started his insurance career in 1985 at Jardine Glanville, working at Furness Houlder, Fenchurch and becoming Managing Director of Aon BankAssure.

Ian Waterston
Chairman BankServe
, part of BMS Group
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About us

Minova Insurance is an ambitious and flexible insurance holding company that is positioned to expand its interests in the global Insurance market.

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Companies

Our existing insurance businesses, BMS Group and Pioneer Underwriters, will form the core of an expanding portfolio of insurance brands.

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News

Announcing the launch of Minova Insurance and completion of the Capital Z investment

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London EC3N 2LS
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