Meeting a Need

Established by leaders of Bermuda's insurance industry in 1996, BFIS is tasked with ensuring that Bermudian students are provided with opportunities to attain the education and training necessary for careers in Bermuda's insurance industry. This is being achieved through scholarships, mentoring, internships and career guidance.

As BFIS scholars have graduated, returned to work in Bermuda and progressed with their careers, we have invited them to serve on various committees as well as mentoring new scholars and assisting with our outreach presentations in the schools.

Finance Committee 2021

David Soutter (Chairman) Chief Financial Officer, Zurich, Bermuda
Daniel Barker - V.P. Underwriting, Validus Services
Jane Bielby Administrator, Aspen Insurance
Pam DaCosta Investment Officer, Aspen Insurance
Nakia Foggo Internal Auditor, Argus Group (BFIS Alumn)
Miguel DaPonte - Senior Vice President, BF&M Investment Services
Angela Parry - (BFIS Volunteer)


  • Exercise oversight and responsibility with respect to the Foundation’s material and strategic financial matters, including those related to investment policies and strategies, capital structure, etc.
  • Monitor the performance of the Endowment Fund and make recommendations as necessary with regard to investment strategies.
  • Liaise as necessary with the Foundation’s Investment Adviser.
  • Advise and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Board with respect to such matters.

Jane Bielby - Administrator, BFIS
David Soutter (Chairman) - CFO, Zurich, Bermuda
Carol Faries Controller, Bermuda Cancer & Health Centre

Scholarship Committee 2021

Dr. Duranda Greene (Chairman) - President, Bermuda College
David Amaro - VP, Associate Legal Counsel, Hamilton Re - (BFIS Alumni)
Jonathan Ball Assistant Underwriter, AXA XL - (BFIS Alumni)
Jane Bielby - Administrator, BFIS
James Botelho - SVP, Head of Actuarial Research, Validus Services (Bermuda) - (BFIS Alumni)
Shelle Hendrickson SVP, Underwriting Manager,AXA XL - (BFIS Alumni)
Stephen Jones - VP, Professional Lines, Chubb - (BFIS Alumni)
Simons, Denzel Chubb Iron-Starr Excess - (BFIS Alumni) Alumni Committee ex-officio


  1. Review scholarship criteria and awards and make recommendations to the Board.
  2. Select scholarship candidates to be interviewed.
  3. Conduct interviews for all selected candidates and reach a consensus on awardees and award amounts.

Mentor Network Committee 2021

Jonathan Allen (Co-Chair) - AVP, Underwriter, Chubb - (BFIS Alumni)
Teniko Eve (Co-Chair) - Captive Associate, Marsh Captive Solutions - (BFIS Alumni)
Robin Anderson - AVP, Commercial Lines, BF&M - (BFIS Alumni)
Jane Bielby - Administrator, BFIS
Laura Burns - Associate, Appleby - (BFIS Alumni)
Victoria Cunningham - Ex officio representing: Bermuda Under 40s
Laura Norman - Vice President, Bowring Marsh
Latonia Fray – Underwriting Assistant, AIG (BFIS Alumni)
Shane Hollis – Actuarial Analyst, Athene Life Re (BFIS Alumni)
Nicholas Butterfield – Underwriter, Professional Lines, Allied World Assurance (BFIS Alumni)


  • Manage the BFIS Mentor Network programme to ensure that students and others requesting insurance career advice and guidance can have their expectations met.
  • Encourage young insurance professionals to take on the role of Mentoring.
  • Assign Mentors to students and others looking for a mentor.
  • Provide opportunities for students and young professionals to network.

Alumni Association Committee 2021

Reem Bushara – Associate Underwriter, Chubb– CO-CHAIR
Tatyana Butterfield - Graduate Trainee, Argo Group
Helen Crisson - Actuarial Analyst, Validus Services (Bermuda) - FINANCE OFFICER
Denzel Simons - Assistant Underwriter - Excess Liability Chubb
Asha Ford – Reinsurance Administrator, Hamilton Re
Sinae Smith – Actuarial Analyst, Legal & General
Assata Wedderburn – Associate Underwriter, Chubb
Deniece Gordon – Asst. Underwriter, Reinsurance Bermuda, AXA XL (BFIS Alumni)


The mission of the Committee is to serve as a platform for BFIS graduates and interns, who have progressed through the various programs, offered by BFIS and are now working in the insurance and reinsurance market, to network and develop skills relevant to their chosen disciplines.

Schools Outreach Committee 2021

Brittany de Frias - Underwriting Assistant, BRIT Global Speciality - (BFIS Alumni) - CO-CHAIR
Stacy Thakur - Consultant - Accounting Services - (BFIS Alumni) - CO-CHAIR
Stephen Bath - AVP, Underwriting, Renaissance Re - (BFIS Alumni)
Victoria Cunningham - AVP, Underwriting, Tokio Millennium Re
Tyler Kerr - Reinsurance Analyst, Validus Services (Bermuda) - (BFIS Alumni)
Christina Ratteray - Senior Actuarial Analyst, Allied World
Sinae Smith - Actuarial Analyst, Legal and General - (BFIS Alumni)
Kiara Somner - Senior Operations Analyst, Global Atlantic Re - (BFIS Alumni)
Tiffany Calhoun – Underwriting Manager, L & F Indemnity
Makeba Tucker – Operations Analyst, Global Atlantic Re