Life & Annuity Services Ltd.Life & Annuity Services Ltd.

Executive Team

John Barnett – CEO & Chairman of the Board

John BarnettMr. Barnett entered the life insurance business in Bermuda in 1969 with Sun Life of Canada. In 1975 he took over the operation of the Bermuda branch and assisted in the development of one of Sun Life’s most profitable branches. He moved to Canada in 1981, first working in the company’s Toronto head office for a brief time, then taking over the Burnaby branch in British Columbia. John returned to Bermuda in 1997 in order to provide life insurance and wealth creation advice to existing and new clients. Shortly after returning, he was appointed as the President of Life & Annuity Services Ltd. John has specific knowledge of complex estate and financial planning techniques as they relate to individuals and businesses.


Scott Barnett – President & Head of Sales and Marketing

Scott BarnettMr. Barnett joined L&A in November of 2002 to assume the position of Head of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining L&A, he was with First International Capital, an investment banking firm that specialized in the formation and financing of insurance and reinsurance companies sponsored by alternative asset fund managers. In addition, he raised equity capital for insurance start-ups as well as insurance related private equity funds. Prior to joining First International, Mr. Barnett ran a successful insurance practice for 5 years in Vancouver, B.C., Canada advising clients on a range of insurance and investment related products.


Judy Simons, J.P. – Manager, Private Client Services

Judy SimonsMs. Simons joined Sun Life of Canada in May 1977 as an insurance sales representative. She remained in that position with Sun Life until 1994, at which time she moved to Kitson & Company Ltd., a General Agent for various insurance companies. While at Kitson she was the primary contact for American International Assurance Company, Canada Life and Genworth Life & Annuity Insurance Company until joining L&A in her current position in November 2010.

Judy has been very active as a volunteer in addition to her business responsibilities, holding the position of President of the Bermuda Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for 8 years and President of the Bermuda Cancer & Health Centre for 11 years. She is currently the President of the Bermuda Olympic Association. Judy was the recipient of a Queen’s Certificate in 1987, in recognition of her contribution to sports in Bermuda.