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Board of Directors

Geoffrey Hooper, Chairman

Geoffrey Hooper, Chairman – Executive Director

Established Winterbotham in 1990. Previously Geoffrey was Vice President and Senior Area Representative for Lloyds Bank International Private Banking, a part of LLoyds Bank Plc, and a director of Lloyds (IPB) Americas SA. With more than 30 years experience in International banking and financial services, Geoffrey has worked in the UK, Spain, and Latin America with Lloyds Bank Plc, Natwest lnternational Trust Corporation (formerly Roywest Trust Corporation), the Arab Latin American Bank (Arlabank) and Tradition International S.A.

Ivan Hooper, Director

Ivan Hooper, Executive Director

Our CEO, has spent more than nineteen years at Winterbotham, starting as an Independent Consultant for The Winterbotham Trust Company (Uruguay) S.A., before joining the Group full time in July 2001. Ivan has a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Bath, a MBA Wealth Managers, Fiduciaries and Trustees from the University of Manchester, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School on the Owners Presidents Management program. Ivan is a member of STEP, a STEP Council member, a founding member and past Chair of STEP - South America Branch and past Chair and current representative of STEP Caribbean and Latin America Region. A Fellow of the International Compliance Association and Licensed as a Principal by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas. Ivan sits on the board of various regulated financial institutions and family owned businesses. Currently, Co-Chair of the Association of International Bank and Trust companies in The Bahamas. Ivan was a recipient of the STEP 2014 Founder’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement and the recipient of the Bahamas Financial Service Board 14th FSI Excellence Award of Executive of the Year.

Alan Davidson, Director

Alan Davidson, Non-Executive Director

A highly successful banker, Alan was Chief Executive Officer of Winterbotham from 2005 to 2012 and Chief Banking Officer until 2013. Previously with ABN AMRO Bank for 15 years, where he held notable senior management posts as Director Latin America, based in the USA, Chief Operations Officer in Uruguay, and SVP Operations in Brazil. Before that he held various senior management positions with Lloyds TSB Bank, where he spent 15 years between Brazil and the United Kingdom.
In recent years he has also become an accomplished corporate governance and compliance executive, having obtained from Florida International University a diploma of Anti-Money Laundering officer.

Ian Harjette, Director

Ian Harjette, Non-Executive Director

Ian is a senior investment banking executive with more than 30 years of experience operating internationally in Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.
He has held a range of senior management roles most recently as Global Head of Financial Institutions Banking at Banco Santander. Ian sat on Santander’s Corporate and Investment Banking Executive Committee and was responsible for the development of the bank’s Financial Institutions Banking strategy, providing financing and advisory services to Asset Management Groups, Banks, Insurance Companies and Governmental Bodies.
Prior to joining Santander, Ian held a series of senior management positions at Bank of America in London and at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo and London.
Ian is now a private investor and advisor working with innovative start up and early stage businesses in the financial services and entertainment sectors.
He sits on the boards of a number of London based charitable organisations, focusing primarily on educational and social welfare issues.

Antoinette Russel,  Independent Non-Executive Director

Antoinette Russel,Independent Non-Executive Director

A trailblazer within the financial services industry, Antoinette is well known for her focused and involved contributions to the growth and sustainability of the sector.
A former Managing Director and Trust Centre Head of Credit Suisse Trust Limited, Bahamas, Antoinette has worked in leadership roles most of her career primarily in trust administration and corporate management. She is a Consultant specializing in compliance, management, governance, regulatory and leadership. Antoinette holds an MBA from University of Miami, Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP), Fellow of the International Compliance Association (FICA) and a Chartered Director of the Caribbean Institute of Directors. Antoinette is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Ministers’ Award for Financial Services as well as the coveted 2014 Cheryl Bazard Founding President’s Award for outstanding performance and contribution to the growth and development of the financial services industry in The Bahamas.
Antoinette is past Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (2016 -2020), Association of International Banks & Trust Companies (2012-2016) and a former board member of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO). She also worked as part of Financial Services Consultancy Group responsible for producing a roadmap for the establishment of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for the Caribbean which was launched in 2015 and currently serves as board member of the non-profit "The Bahamas Aids Foundation" on fundraising initiatives with primary focus on affected and infected children.