Who is Who


Aviabel's management consists of professionals who jointly represent a broad mix of relevant experience.


Terence Wood - Global Head of Aviation

Terence Wood has over 30 years of Aviation underwriting experience, held a glider pilot license and worked in several senior positions in both the London and Bermuda markets. Aviation has always been his passion and he joined Axis in 2002.  




Thierry Bourguignon – Branch Manager  Belgium and The Netherlands


Thierry Bourguignon is the Branch Manager of the Belgian operation. He has over  25 years of international experience in the insurance sector. He joined Aviabel in 2012 as an Executive Director of Aviabel SA and worked in several senior position as CFO and Compliance Officer and COO. 



Melchior Schellinck – Head of Legal & Claims

Melchior Schellinck has been in the aviation industry since 2011, starting as an attorney for a number of leading law firms advising various clients in the sector. He joined the Aviabel Claims department in 2015 and is a member of the Compliance Committee. Over his career to date, Melchior has gained experience across the different lines of aviation business and has handled the losses of numerous clients ranging from individuals to multi-national corporations. He was promoted to Head of Legal & Claims in January 2019 in replacement of Richard van Spaendonck who retired.

Stijn Keppens – Head of General Aviation

Being active as an aviation underwriter within Aviabel for more than 10 years now, Stijn joined the management team in 2016. He is in charge of the General Aviation business unit as well as the Loss of Licenses activities.