Meet the team

Aviation insurance specialists

Damian Hooper

Damian Hooper

National Head of Aviation
Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Insurance Broking)

After eight years as an aviation underwriter at AAUP (now QBE Aviation) in 2001 Damian established an Elders Insurance franchise in Echuca, Victoria, then was recruited in 2008 to expand BMG Aviation's market presence to what is now the largest provider of aviation services in the country.

Damian sees BMG Aviation as a progressive, service-focused business which prides itself on providing high quality professional service and advice to its client base.

He holds a private pilot's licence, has a first-hand insight into the aviation insurance market and an extensive network of contacts throughout local and international insurance markets. These attributes enable Damian to guide his clients through the complexities of aviation insurance to secure the most appropriate solutions available.

Email: dhooper@bmgaviation.com.au
Mobile: 0419 199 631


Blake Hanna

Blake Hanna

Client Manager

Blake has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. He held senior roles for five years as an aviation specialist with an international broker before taking over management of the Northern Territory and Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay branches of the organisation.

He joined BMG Aviation in June 2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience. Blake has strong technical knowledge and solid experience with commercial rotary and fixed-wing/executive jet placements.

He enjoys strong relationships with both his clients and key aviation insurance industry members.

Email: bhanna@bmgaviation.com.au
Mobile: 0439 511 517


Aliesha Shanks

Aliesha Shanks

Client Manager
Bachelor of Commerce

After graduating in 2005 from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Aliesha joined GBS Aviation as a broker's assistant in 2006, gaining knowledge and experience in all aspects of aviation insurance broking, and developing strong relationships in all facets of the industry. Since then Aliesha has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of aviation insurance broking. Over time Aliesha has developed strong relationships in all facets of the aviation insurance industry.

With day to day responsibility for over 150 clients, Aliesha has earned a reputation for providing efficient, accurate and timely service delivery.

As a result of the 2010 merger Aliesha moved to the Sunshine Coast and is now a valued member of the BMG Aviation team.

Email: ashanks@bmgaviation.com.au
Mobile: 0408 786 778


Len Spooner

Len Spooner

Senior Consultant

British based, Len has many years' experience in the aviation insurance market and for most of his career has worked with some of the major London broking houses: Willis, Citicorp, Alexander Forbes and Heath.

He has always been very involved with business in the Australian market - and has been the direct broker for Flight West Airlines, National Jet Systems, Rothschild and many others.

Len works from London and has a senior role in the management of our major Australian and regional clients, regularly travelling to Australia in this capacity.

Email: lspooner@bmgaviation.com.au


Brian Andrews

Brian Andrews

Senior Account Executive
Diploma of Financial Services, Diploma of Industrial Hydraulics and Design

Brian has an extensive history in aviation insurance and the aviation industry, spanning some 30 years in total, including being responsible for a portfolio of corporate and private jets, and commercial fixed-wing and helicopter operators, as well as aircraft maintenance organisations, both as an underwriter and a broker.

Brian also draws on more than 19 years of experience as an aviation accident investigator, as well as being a qualified aircraft maintenance engineer and helicopter pilot, along with service with the 38 Squadron and the No. 2 Flying Training School RAAF.

Email: bandrews@bmgaviation.com.au
Mobile: 0418 914 897


Dave Woollams

Dave Woollams

Client Manager

Dave is an insurance professional with more than 20 years in the industry, both in the UK and Australia.

He joined BMG Aviation in January 2014, bringing with him 20 years of industry experience.

Dave has extensive knowledge and understanding of aviation insurance markets, as well as the ability to advise and negotiate across all segments of aviation insurance.

Using his experience and exceptional business relationship skills, Dave seeks to obtain the optimum insurance protection available for his clients.

Email: dwoollams@bmgaviation.com.au
Mobile: 0427 238 550


Geoff Bingham

Geoff Bingham

Account Executive

Geoff commenced his career with BMG in 2011, fulfilling his long-held passion for aviation. Currently completing his private pilot's licence, he is now actively servicing BMG's private aircraft portfolio with the added insight of a pilot's perspective to complement his aviation insurance knowledge.

Geoff enjoys the challenge of seeking the best achievable result for his clients and meeting with them, and the GA community as a whole, at every available opportunity. With an expanding network of contacts in the aviation insurance underwriting and claims industry, Geoff has proved himself capable of finding the right solution for just about any scenario put in front of him.

Email: gbingham@bmgaviation.com.au
Mobile: 0428 909 462


Jason Southon

Jason Southon

Authorised Representative - BMG General

Jason has extensive insurance broking experience, having dealt directly with domestic and international insurance markets over many years.

Prior to joining BMG in December 2015, he spent 10 years with an international insurance broker as a corporate authorised representative based on the Sunshine Coast.

With 25 years' industry experience, Jason has a professional approach to delivering our clients advice, negotiating power, claims support and service. He has comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the commercial insurance markets, as well as the ability to advise and negotiate across all segments of the industry. With his exceptional business relationship skills, Jason strives to obtain the best insurance protection possible for his clients.

Jason is responsible nationally for providing commercial/general insurance products and advice to clients, through BMG General, and has a strong focus on portfolio growth, service, claims management and innovation in order to deliver and develop tailored solutions to meet the needs of our commercial insurance clients.

Email: jsouthon@bmggeneral.com.au
Mobile: 0437 631 841