Peter Durhager, Chairman
Mr. Peter Durhager played a key role on Bermuda’s original America’s Cup Bid Team and is currently Chairman of the Board for the ACBDA, having retired from RenaissanceRe at the end of last year. Peter is also currently the Chairman of Ascendant Group and related subsidiaries, served for the last 5 years as Co-Chair of Bermuda First, and is Chair of the Bermuda Community Foundation.
Mr. John Collis spent his career up to 2013 practising as a barrister and attorney specializing in corporate and commercial matters, particularly investment funds, public offerings and corporate governance. John headed the international corporate practice of law firm, Conyers, Dill & Pearman, based in Bermuda. He was chairman of the firm for 17 years and oversaw a period of significant growth and expansion around the world. John also spent considerable time on law reform. John holds degrees in economics and finance from McGill University in Canada and law from Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
David Dodwell has more than four decades of experience in the hospitality industry is the owner of The Reefs Hotel & Club in Bermuda and Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis. Both The Reefs and Mr. Dodwell is a former Minister of Tourism for Bermuda, once served as the President of the Bermuda Hotel Association and is a member of the Resort committee of the American Hospitality a & Lodging Association. He was also named Caribbean Hotelier of the Year in 2010.
Mr. Darren Johnston is the CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers Caribbean Region Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in the professional services industry, has held many leadership roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers and has worked in Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the USA. Darren has previously served as Deputy Chair of the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Chairman of the Bermuda Board of Education, Treasurer of the Berkeley Education Society and as a board member of Berkeley Institute, Somersfield Academy, and the Summit Montessori School in Massachusetts, USA. In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce earned at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, Darren is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bermuda and Canada, a USA Certified Public Accountant and a CFA Charter holder.
Mr. Warren Jones currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Holding Company, parent company for Stevedoring Services Ltd, Equipment Sales & Rentals Ltd and Mill Reach Holdings Limited. From 2000-2013 Mr. Jones served the Bermuda Government as the Assistant Cabinet Secretary (2000-2006), the Permanent Secretary for Health (2006-2011) and the Permanent Secretary for Education (2010-2013). As Assistant Cabinet Secretary, he established an Ombudsman for Bermuda, as well as developing PATI and development of a Sustainable Development Strategic Plan for Bermuda. As the Permanent Secretary for Health, Mr. Jones established FutureCare, an affordable health insurance plan for seniors. He also undertook the redevelopment of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, developed Bermuda’s first Urgent Care Center. As the Permanent Secretary of Education Warren introduced several alternative education programmes including programs for braille, autism, and at-risk students.
Donna L. Pearman
Ms. Donna L. Pearman, B.Sc. (Pharm), is President and CEO of People’s Pharmacy Ltd; a family owned and operated full service, retail pharmacy. Donna founded and established the business on October 31st, 1984. Under her stewardship many awards have been bestowed on the business including Best Pharmacy for 14 out of 15 years. Most recently, People’s was successful at the bid process to establish a private out-patient pharmacy at the Acute Care Wing of KEMH. Donna is a Board member of both the Ascendant Group Limited and the Meyer Group of Companies. She was formerly a member of the Boards of the Pharmacy Council, Universal Electric Ltd., Works & Engineering Purchasing and Tendering Committee, Misuse of Drugs Board, Bermuda Council for Drug Free Sports and Bermuda Small Business Development Association, as well as serving as a member of the Bermuda Independence Commission and Mayor’s Buildings Commission. Other notable accreditations ascribed to Ms. Pearman are her service as a Justice of the Peace, and a recipient of the Queen’s Badge and Certificate of Honour.
Jasmin Smith joined the Government of Bermuda is 2001. She spent over a decade working within the Department of Tourism. In January 2013 she took on the role of Director of the Transport Control Department. Currently she is seconded to the Ministry of Economic Development to oversee the America’s Cup Office until the end of the America’s Cup Events in 2017. Her academic background includes a BA in Business studies as well as Honors in Hotel Management and Human Resources studies.
Blythe is one of Bermuda’s most accomplished sailors. He represented Bermuda in the 1992 Olympics and has competed in numerous Bermuda Gold Cup regattas where he sailed against many of the sailors who will compete in the 35th America’s Cup. Blythe serves on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bermuda Baha’i Community. He held various roles at Max Re Ltd. including Senior Vice President of Information Technology and is currently the Vice President of Risk & Underwriting Systems at RenaissanceRe Ltd. Blythe is a strong supporter of youth sailing in Bermuda, especially in the match racing arena.
Mike Winfield, Chief Executive Officer
Mike Winfield is currently CEO of Americas Cup Bermuda (ACBDA Ltd) and was part of the small team that formed Bermuda’s bid team for the Americas Cup. He worked for a year as a consultant in the creation of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Mike led Cambridge Beaches as its CEO for almost thirty years and was manager of the Southampton Princess resort. He received the Bermuda Bravery Award for his role during the hotel fire in 1977. He has served on numerous Government Boards and commissions, was a Minister of the Government of Bermuda and the Government leader in the Senate. Mike has also been associated with several charities and led the Bermuda Search and Rescue Institute for many years.
Along with a small operational staff, the ACBDA consists of a number of committees charged with addressing Bermuda’s responsibilities for the 35th America’s Cup. These committees are made up of volunteers from the community, who work in relevant fields, along with technical officers from key departments of the Bermuda Government. Each committee also has a representative from the ACBDA and the ACEA.
The ACBDA committees include:
Chair: Jennifer Pitcher
To provide a focal point for business and contracting opportunities with the America’s Cup for the Bermudian public.
Co – chairs: Vic Isley and Michael DeCouto
To keep the public informed and updated on all America’s Cup activity and events as they relate to Bermuda and its people.
Health & Safety
Chair: Dr. Joseph Froncioni
To address all aspects of medical service coverage plans (medical, first aid, evacuation and clinical) required for the America’s Cup events including public safety on land and water in addition to medical and personnel and assets for race support.
Chair: Vic Isley
To maximize the accommodation options available to visitors for the period of the AC35.
Chair: Denton Williams
To assess, plan and deliver the required elements of physical infrastructure at the America’s Cup Village. To include but not be limited to: Sewage, Fresh water, Grey Water, Electricity, Alternative energy, Trash Collection, Telephone, Pest Control.
Legacy & Sustainability
Chair: Gary Madeiros
Ensure the America’s cup is a sustainable event in terms of economic development, social development and environmental protection and a long-lasting and positive legacy will be created for Bermuda.
On Water Operations
To provide comprehensive on water marshalling of the public and VIP spectator vessels outside of the Race Box Area and to ensure an enjoyable and safe viewing experience for spectators.
Chair: Andy Cox
To provide support and race management resources to America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM). Key responsibility is to provide the “racebox” by positioning race markers, start and finish gates, and race management assets inside the race box.
Chair: William White
To plan and coordinate all aspects of security on land and water for AC35, including public and private entities both local and international.
South Basin Reclamation Works
Co-chairs: Mike Winfield & Peter Durhager
To deliver the foundation on which the America’s Cup Event Village will be built in the South Basin in Dockyard, including the removal of buildings, foundation preparation for team bases and the South Basin infill project.
Chair: Peter Durhager
To maximize sponsorship opportunities to assist in; reducing the Bermuda Governments sponsorship guarantee; reducing the cost to Bermuda of hosting AC35; creating lasting legacy opportunities from AC35.
Chair: Mark Soares
To analyze the current status of the superyacht industry in Bermuda and recommend policy and infrastructure improvements that will make Bermuda a more competitive destination both during the America’s Cup and beyond.
Telecommunications & Technology
Chair: Fiona Beck
To address all aspects of telecommunications and ensure the Island’s infrastructure is adequate for all America’s Cup requirements.
Chair: Brian Gonsalves
The delivery of a comprehensive Transportation Plan ensuring adequate transport infrastructure for land, sea and air traffic during the America’s Cup events.