BMG Aviation Pty Ltd - Specialist Aviation Insurance Brokers

Specialist Aviation Insurance Brokers

ABOUT US

MEET THE TEAM

Damian Hooper

Damian Hooper

CEO
Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Insurance Broking)

After an initial 8 years in aviation insurance at AAUP (now QBE Aviation) Damian left as an aviation underwriter and in 2001 went on to establish an Elders Insurance franchise in Echuca, Victoria.

In 2008 Damian was recruited to guide the merger of the Boston Marks and Kenney Aikin insurance businesses and, more recently, the highly successful merger with Lea Aviation to form BMG Aviation.

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

Damian holds a private pilot’s licence, has a first-hand insight into the mechanics of aviation insurers 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 towards the most appropriate solutions available.

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

Blake Hanna

Blake Hanna

Senior Client Manager

Blake has more than 20 years of experience in the Insurance Industry. He held senior roles for 5 years as an Aviation specialist with an international broker before managing the Northern Territory and Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay branches of that organisation.

He commenced with BMG Aviation in June 2013 and brings with him a wealth of varied experience. He has strong technical knowledge and solid experience with commercial Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing/Executive Jet placements.

Blake enjoys strong relationships with both his clients and with key Aviation Insurance Industry members.

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

Aliesha Shanks

Aliesha Shanks

Senior Client Manager
Bachelor of Commerce

After graduating in 2005 from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Aliesha joined GBS Aviation as a Broker’s Assistant in 2006.

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 an efficient, accurate and timely service delivery.

As a result of the merger in 2010, Aliesha has 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

Senior Consultant

Len has many years’ experience in the Aviation Insurance market and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the industry, having worked for the majority of his career 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 our London based office and has a senior role in the management of our major Australian and region clients. He travels to Australia regularly in this role.

Email: lspooner@bmgaviation.com.au

Brian Andrews

Brian Andrews

Senior Client Manager
Diploma of Financial Services, Diploma of Industrial Hydraulics and Design

Brian brings to BMG Aviation an extensive history in aviation insurance and the aviation industry, spanning some 30 years in total. Brian’s experience includes being responsible for a port folio of corporate and private jets, Commercial Fixed Wing and helicopter operators, as well as Aircraft Maintenance organisations both as an Underwriter and Broker.

Brian also draws on more than nineteen years 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 2 FTS RAAF.

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

Dave Woollams

Dave Woollams

Senior Client Manager

Dave is an Insurance Professional with more than 20 years in the Insurance Industry both in the UK and Australia. Dave has spent the past 4 years as manager of the Aviation Division for an International Insurance Broker based in Perth.

Dave commenced with BMG Aviation in January 2014 to open up the Western Australia office and brings with him a wealth of insurance expertise.

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. With his wealth of experience and exceptional business relationship skills, Dave is able to ensure the very best insurance protection available for his clients.

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

Geoff Bingham

Geoff Bingham

Client Manager

Geoff commenced his career with BMG Aviation in 2011, this enabled Geoff to pursue his long held passion for aviation. Currently completing his PPL, Geoff is now actively servicing BMG's private aircraft portfolio with the added insight of a pilot's perspective, complimenting his aviation insurance knowledge.

Geoff enjoys the challenge of seeking the best 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 is able to find 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

BMG General
Senior Client Manager

Jason has extensive Insurance Broking experience, dealing direct with domestic and international insurance markets over many years.

Prior to commencing with BMG General in December 2015, he spent 10 years with an International Insurance Broker as a Corporate Authorised Representative based here on the Sunshine Coast. With 25 years industry experience, Jason has a professional outlook to deliver our clients unparalleled advice, negotiating power, claims support and service. He brings with him a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Commercial Insurance markets, as well as the ability to advise and negotiate across all segments of Commercial Insurance. With this wealth of experience and exceptional business relationship skills, Jason is able to ensure the very best insurance protection available for his clients.

Jason is responsible nationally for the Commercial / General Insurance operations of BMG General with a strong focus on portfolio growth, service, claims management and innovation to deliver and develop tailored solutions to meet the needs of Commercial Insurance clients.

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