Mr. Spurling received his early education at St. George’s Grammar School in Bermuda, continuing thru Grade 13 matriculation at Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He received a B.A. degree in Business Administration and an MBA degree from College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. He obtained a B.A degree in law from Trinity College, Oxford University, U.K. He attained the English Bar qualification from The Council of Legal Education, London, England and was called to the English bar in 1976 and the Bermuda Bar in 1977.

Mr. Spurling retired in 2005 as the Senior Partner of Appleby, a major Bermuda law firm where he specialized in the practice of Corporate and Commercial Law with an emphasis on Insurance/Reinsurance Law.

He has held many positions in church, civic, business and government organizations including election as a Member of the Bermuda Parliament (1993 to 1998) in which he served as the Government Whip. He founded the Bermuda Pilot Gig Club and the St Davids Island Historical Society, the latter of which he has been Chairman/President since 1998 and is his passion, running Carter House Museum. He served many years on the St Peter’s Church Vestry and is currently “past Chair” of the Friends of St. Peter’s. He served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Bermuda Hospitals Board amongst other government boards. 

He has received many awards for his work in St Davids and as Chairman of The St Georges Foundation, St Georges, including the Queens Badge of Honor, the Bermuda National Trust Clipper Award and the Deforest Trimingham Award. Recently he was awarded the Founders Award by the Bermuda Arts Council.

Mr. Spurling has been a director of several Bermuda public companies, BF&M Limited, Bermuda Press Holdings Limited and Ascendant Limited (BELCO) including Chairman of the audit committee, executive committee and governance committee of one or the other. He was a director of WP Stewart & Co Ltd, a New York Stock Exchange company as well as Chairman of the Governance Committee and chaired several special committees to resolve conflicted transactions. He recently retired from the board of MIC Ltd a class 3A insurer of which he was Chairman since 1983. He remains on the boards of a few private client companies.

He is currently a member of Mid-Ocean Club, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and Coral Beach Club. He is a consummate downhill skier and, in the past, an avid ocean sailor.

Mr. Spurling was a Director and Chairman of United Insurance Company since 1978 and is currently Chairman of Mizzen Holdings Limited and Independent Management Limited.