Lisa Cumberbatch

Senior Trust Officer

Katrina Barclay

Senior Trust Officer

Michelle Burrows

Trust Officer

Elizabeth Kempe-Brown

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Edith Caines

Corporate Services Officer

Barbara Patterson

Senior Client Director

Allan Wiekenkamp

Chief Financial Officer & Founding Partner

Michelle Wolfe

Chair & Family Counsel

Sara Schroter

Managing Director, Corporate & General Counsel

Simon Lapierre

Corporate Fiduciary Director

Gina Pereira

Managing Director, Client & Fiduciary Stewardship

Dorothy Gazzard

Fiduciary Director

Monique Carvelho

Senior Trust Administrator

Annette Budge

Senior Accounting Officer

Justin Ferreira

Administrator

Jerusha Devraj

Trust Officer

Jessica Kemmenoe

Senior Trust Officer (Consultant)

Mairi Redmond

Fiduciary Director

Stacia Williams

Trust Accountant

Lisa Figureido

Trust Operations Officer

Heather VanSickle

Senior Manager – Compliance & Client Accounting

Deanna Didyk

Chief Operations Officer

Camille Goertzen

Manager – Client Accounting and Compliance

Meet the Meritus Family.

Senior Management and
Board Members:
Michelle Wolfe Barbara Patterson Gina Pereira Sara Schroter Allan Wiekenkamp Dorothy Gazzard Mairi Redmond Deanna Didyk Heather VanSickle Simon Lapierre Margaret Morrison Fiona Beck

Not pictured: Susan Edney Kelly Campbell

Our people are our most valuable asset, and we treat them as such. We are a culture of acceptance and respect. We embrace each other, learn from each other and appreciate each other.

We draw diverse talent from Bermuda, and from around the globe and we retain them by providing opportunities for them to grow in their existing roles and rise through our organisation. We are proud of our Bermuda roots and committed to supporting and developing the next generation of Bermudian professionals who want to pursue a career in the private client industry.

Though we all bring different experiences and expertise to our roles, one thing we all have in common is that we are people people. Building strong, long-term relationships, with each other and with our client families, is at the centre of all that we do. Our team structure helps us provide unparalleled levels of proactive service with integrated quality control.

We want to grow with our families and are passionate about working with the next generation of beneficiaries to ensure continuing wealth preservation.

Not pictured: Susan Edney Kelly Campbell

Lisa Cumberbatch

Senior Trust Officer

Katrina Barclay

Senior Trust Officer

Michelle Burrows

Trust Officer

Elizabeth Kempe-Brown

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Edith Caines

Corporate Services Officer

Barbara Patterson

Senior Client Director

Allan Wiekenkamp

Chief Financial Officer & Founding Partner

Michelle Wolfe

Chair & Family Counsel

Sara Schroter

Managing Director, Corporate & General Counsel

Simon Lapierre

Corporate Fiduciary Director

Gina Pereira

Managing Director, Client & Fiduciary Stewardship

Dorothy Gazzard

Fiduciary Director

Monique Carvelho

Senior Trust Administrator

Annette Budge

Senior Accounting Officer

Justin Ferreira

Administrator

Jerusha Devraj

Trust Officer

Jessica Kemmenoe

Senior Trust Officer (Consultant)

Mairi Redmond

Fiduciary Director

Stacia Williams

Trust Accountant

Lisa Figureido

Trust Operations Officer

Heather VanSickle

Senior Manager – Compliance & Client Accounting

Deanna Didyk

Chief Operations Officer

Camille Goertzen

Manager – Client Accounting and Compliance

Lisa Cumberbatch, MA Lead (Bus), Dip. ITM, TEP


Senior Trust Officer

Lisa was Senior Manager, Private Clients – Asia at First Names (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. prior to joining Meritus Trust Company Limited.  She has over 20 years’ experience providing fiduciary services to ultra-high net worth clients and has worked in several international jurisdictions including Barbados, Guernsey, Channel Islands, Singapore and Bermuda. She has extensive experience and knowledge of providing corporate secretarial services to entities in various jurisdictions.

Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Business Leadership from Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. In 2007 she obtained her certification as a Trust and Estate Practitioner after successfully completing the Diploma in International Trust Management awarded by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.  Lisa is currently awaiting certification as a Chartered Governance Professional with the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators).

Katrina Barclay, TEP


Senior Trust Officer

Katrina joined Meritus in September 2015 as Senior Trust Administrator and was promoted to Trust Officer in October 2017, and then to Senior Trust Officer in February 2021.

Katrina began her trust career with Bermuda Trust Company Limited at HSBC Private Bank in 2011. She spent time working in their Family Office where she gained valuable experience administering a wide range of family structures and philanthropic entities.

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Dalhousie University, Halifax. She is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Bermuda. She has also successfully completed Bermuda’s Corporate Procedures levels I & II with Merit.

Michelle Burrows, TEP


Trust Officer

Michelle Burrows joined Meritus on April 1, 2015 in the role of Trust Officer.

Michelle began her trust career in 2008 with Butterfield Trust where she started as an Administrator. She expanded her knowledge and experience over the years managing more complex structures within their Family Office.

Michelle is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Bermuda. She has completed Bermuda’s Corporate Procedures levels I & II.

Elizabeth Kempe-Brown, CWCA


Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Elizabeth Kempe Brown has worked closely with our Managing Director for over ten years and currently holds the position of Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Managing Director. Elizabeth is an integral part of our support team. She is currently enrolled in the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners program.

Edith P. Caines


Corporate Services Officer

Edith Caines, a born Bermudian, joined Meritus in 2020. Previously, she had been with the Lepercq Bermuda organization for 31 years, dealing with all aspects of corporate administration, corporate director and corporate secretarial work for Lepercq’s clients.

She began her career with the Bank of Bermuda (now HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited) where she worked for ten years in the Trust Department. As Trust Administrator, her duties required that she administer trusts and underlying companies or assets they might own.

Barbara Patterson, BSc., TEP


Senior Client Director

Our client families, professional advisors, and the Meritus team all commend Barbara for her exceptional client service and relationship management skills. Her commitment to the highest standards of service, caring nature, and amiability, combined with over 30 years of experience in the trust and private client industry, make her an outstanding fiduciary. Barbara specialises in meeting the needs of highly complex, multi-jurisdiction ultra-high-net-worth families. A native Canadian, Barbara began her career in Bermuda in 1989 with the Bank of Bermuda and is a former Director of Bermuda Trust Company Ltd and Fiduciary Director / Manager of the Private Family Office Team at HSBC Private Bank in Bermuda. As a founding partner, Barbara’s fingerprint is embedded in the personality, culture, and professionalism of Meritus.

Barbara’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 1995

Barbara’s Honours

  • Member of STEP Bermuda branch since 1995
  • Recipient of an HSBC President’s award 2007
  • Recommended to Who’s Who Legal as a Private Client Trust and Advisory Services Professional for her work in the field

Allan Wiekenkamp, CPA, CA, CFP, TEP


Chief Financial Officer & Founding Partner

Allan is an entrepreneur and an accomplished builder of people-focused financial service businesses. As a founding partner, his pioneering spirit instilled a culture of innovation and growth into Meritus. With more than two decades of experience with private clients, Allan is skilled at working with ultra-high-net-worth families and their complex structures and investments. Before Meritus, Allan was the Managing Director (and founder) of FORS Limited (Family Office Reporting Services), a provider of accounting and investment reporting services to private clients, family offices, and trust companies globally. He received his management training with Ernst & Young Bermuda, Private Client Services team.

Allan’s Credentials

  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation with honours 2005
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Bachelor of Science degree

Allan’s Accolades

  • Early Achievement Award from CPA British Columbia 2010
  • STEP Bermuda First Overall Bermuda TEP diploma scores

Allan’s Honours

  • Board member and treasurer of Vancouver Island University Foundation
  • Past chair and board member of Vancouver Island University
  • Past treasurer and board member of Innovation Island Venture Accelerator
  • Past treasurer and board member of STEP Bermuda

Michelle L. Wolfe, CPA, CA


Chair & Family Counsel

Michelle is the epitome of a trusted advisor. She is passionate about and committed to the families that she serves. Her warmth, high emotional intelligence, vitality, and technical strengths empower her to handle the most complex and sensitive situations. These, combined with her leadership and entrepreneurial qualities, have propelled her towards success as a respected fiduciary and trusted advisor to families worldwide. Michelle’s earlier roles as Managing Director of Rothschild Trust (Bermuda) Limited, Coutts (Bermuda) Limited and Butterfield Trust (Bermuda) Limited, laid a robust foundation for her to become a founding partner and the first Managing Director of Meritus. In her current role as Chair and Family Counsel, she is focused on higher-level strategy and counsel, enabling her to support client families on a broader and more profound level.

Michelle’s Credentials

  • Master of Business
  • Master of Human Resources
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda

Michelle’s Accolades

  • Citywealth Powerwomen Awards – Woman of the Year – Business Growth (Boutique) – Gold award, 2020
  • Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2019 – Trustee of the Year (shortlisted)
  • Citywealth Leader’s List since 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal – Private Client Trust and Advisory Services, 2015

Michelle’s Honours

  • Member of the Bermuda Business Development Association (Trust Focus Group)
  • Past President of the Bermuda Association of Licensed Trustees
  • Judge for the 2016 and 2017 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Member of the Panel of Experts for the 2018 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Co-author of the chapter, “Private Trust Companies Coordinating with Family Offices”, in Globe Law and Business’ (2020), Private Trust Companies: A Handbook for Advisors

Sara Schroter, LL.B., CDir FloD, TEP


Managing Director, Corporate & General Counsel

Sara always manages to juggle several balls in the air seamlessly with a calm and friendly demeanour. Her background exemplifies that. Before joining Meritus, Sara was General Counsel and a member of the Executive Team at Bermuda Commercial Bank. She was also in-house counsel with the global insurer, AXA UK plc. All that plus her wide range of legal experience in the private client, banking, insurance, regulatory, corporate, governance, commercial and litigation areas, help to ensure that Sara can provide thoughtful, solution-driven and commercially friendly advice as General Counsel for Meritus. In her role as Managing Director, Corporate, she leads the Finance, Accounting, Compliance, Operations, HR and Legal and Governance functions with a one-team approach. The go-to person for all matters related to governance and leadership, Sara frequently writes and speaks on these topics and is passionate about promoting women’s leadership and diversity and inclusion through her work.

Sara’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Laws, and a Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Trained with Barlow Lyde and Gilbert in London
  • Admitted as a solicitor in the UK, 2006 and called to the Bermuda Bar, 2005
  • Institute of Director’s Chartered Director designation 2019
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation with distinction 2021

Sara’s Accolades

  • Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2022 – Woman of the Year – Future Leaders – Partner (shortlisted)
  • Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2021 – Woman of the Year – Professional Services (shortlisted)
  • Citywealth Leader’s List since 2018
  • Bermuda’s first female Chartered Director and the Co-Chair of the Institute of Directors, Bermuda Branch

Sara’s Honours

  • Sits on several Boards and committees, including the Bermuda High School Board of Trustees, where she is the Chair of the Strategy Committee
  • Member of the Institute of Directors, the Bermuda Bar Association and STEP Bermuda
  • Co-author of the chapter, “Private Trust Companies Coordinating with Family Offices”, in Globe Law and Business (2020), Private Trust Companies: A Handbook for Advisors

Simon Lapierre, CPA, CA, CFA


Corporate Fiduciary Director

In Simon’s view, businesses that ‘walk the talk’ by incorporating sustainability and giving back to the community into their DNA are the gold standard. Simon’s decades of experience span corporate services, investment management, and fund administration, including acting as Director on three entities licensed with the Bermuda Monetary Authority. Before joining Meritus, Simon was the CEO of Lepercq Corporation Management Ltd., which provided corporate services and investment management services, and Senior Manager at Arthur Andersen, responsible for the Bermuda office’s asset management practice.

Simon’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in public accounting
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • Member of the Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agrees du Quebec

Simon’s Honours

  • CFO of The Lepercq Charitable Foundation
  • Director of the Cripps Foundation and subsidiaries
  • Serves as a Protector on a charitable trust and select family trusts
  • Director of Lepercq-Multi Asset SICAV-FIS, a Luxembourg SICAV
  • Director of Lepercq Partners Fund, a Luxembourg SICAV

Gina M. Pereira, B.A. (Hons), LL.B., TEP


Managing Director, Client & Fiduciary Stewardship

Gina is a true global citizen who has lived and worked in more than half a dozen international financial centres worldwide. She possesses a sophisticated international background and experience in law, wealth management and philanthropy. Gina is a tireless advocate for the responsible stewardship of wealth and frequently writes and speaks on the subject. In 2010, alongside her law practice, she founded and ran Dana Philanthropy, a consultancy firm offering strategic philanthropy, mission-aligned and impact investing services. Gina joined Meritus in 2021 and runs the client side of the business, leading the Trust and Corporate Administration teams in her role as Managing Director, Client and Fiduciary Stewardship, with passion, focus and a desire to meaningfully add value for our client families.

Gina’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Trained with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto
  • Admitted to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada 2002
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 2005
  • Certificates in Innovative Financing Solutions for Resilience and Measuring Impact for Sustainability, Impact Investment Exchange, 2020
  • Certificate Responsible Investment, PRI 2021
  • Certificate in Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investments, US SIF 2016

Gina’s Accolades

  • Dana Philanthropy recipient of the esteemed STEP Private Client Award for Philanthropy Team of the Year, 2018/2019

Gina’s Honours

  • Past Co-chair STEP Philanthropy Advisors Special Interest Group
  • Presiding Judge for the 2020 and 2022 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Member of the Panel of Experts for the 2018 and 2019 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Lead author of a white paper, “Family Office Dialogues on the Responsible Stewardship of Wealth: A Guide”, published by STEP (2021)
  • Author of the Philanthropy chapter in Globe Law & Business (2015), Family Offices: A Handbook for Advisors
  • Member of the STEP Responsible Stewardship of Wealth Steering Committee
  • Member of the STEP Bermuda Technical Committee
  • Member of the Bermuda Association of Licensed Trustees’ Technical Committee
  • Past Board Member, Cardiac Health Foundation, Toronto
  • Past Board Advisor, ARZU Studio Hope, Chicago

Dorothy U. Gazzard


Fiduciary Director

Through her unwavering dedication to authentically serving our client families and the Bermuda community, Dorothy exemplifies Meritus’ values of empathy, passion, humility, and courage. These characteristics enable her to earn the trust of others, an essential part of our business. Dorothy began her career in 1997 with the Bank of Bermuda / Bermuda Trust Company Limited and is a former Manager/Senior Trust Officer of the Private Family Office Team at HSBC Private Bank in Bermuda. In 2010, Dorothy and her co-founders formed Meritus, where together with her team, she provides bespoke services that meet the needs of multi-jurisdiction high-net-worth individuals.

Dorothy’s Credentials

  • Travel Services Management Diploma
  • STEP Certificate in International Trust Management
  • Bermuda Corporate Secretarial Services I and II

Dorothy’s Honours

Dorothy is an active wellness advocate and mentor supporting women and men throughout their journey towards holistic health by providing one-on-one support, immersion in peer support groups and activities, and collaboration with health and educational professionals. Her commitment to advocacy for holistic wellness extends to raising awareness and education by participating in various community and public information initiatives and events.

Monique Carvelho, TEP


Senior Trust Administrator

Monique Carvelho joined Meritus in March 2021 as a Senior Trust Administrator.

Monique began her Trust Career in 2005 with HSBC Private Bank as a Trust Accounting Administrator and continued on to become a Trust Officer at Butterfield Trust (Bermuda) Limited managing complex structure and pension plans in Institutional Trust.

Monique is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Annette Budge, CPA, CA


Senior Accounting Officer

Annette Budge joined Meritus Trust in 2020 with 10 years of accounting experience including corporate, trust and financial accounting.

Annette is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda.

Justin Ferreira, LL.B.


Administrator

Justin recently joined Meritus in August 2020 as an Administrator.

Justin graduated from the University of East Anglia in the UK, obtaining a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and is now looking to direct his focus to the trust industry by enrolling in the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners program.

Jerusha Devraj, CA(SA), FCPA


Trust Officer

Jerusha recently joined Meritus in January 2021 as a Trust Officer.

Jerusha has a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is a member of both the South African and Bermuda Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants. She currently has completed Level 1 in the Pursuit of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Jerusha began her career as an Auditor at EY South Africa in 2014, working in various industries such as financial services and telecommunications. She later moved to Bermuda in 2017 working as a financial consultant before progressing into the trust and corporate services industry.

Jessica Kemmenoe, LL.B.


Senior Trust Officer (Consultant)

Jessica joined Meritus in March 2020 as a Senior Trust Officer.

Jessica is a Bermudian lawyer who left private practice in 2018 to utilize her legal knowledge and skills in the trust industry. Prior to joining Meritus Jessica was a Trust Officer at another Bermuda independent trust company, managing a portfolio of family trust structures. Throughout her career Jessica has gained extensive knowledge and experience in trust and estate planning.

Jessica graduated from the University of Exeter, obtaining a Bachelor in Laws and a Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School in London. Jessica was called to the Bermuda bar in July 2014 and is a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public.

Mairi Redmond


Fiduciary Director

Mairi joined Meritus in 2020, and now as a Fiduciary Director, is responsible for a team that provides services to a portfolio of trust and corporate services clients, both local and international. She has more than 23 years of experience with private clients, high net worth individuals and families and various types of trust and corporate entities, including partnerships and overseas companies.

Mairi is also well versed in the incorporation process in Bermuda and can assist with the incorporation process in other jurisdictions and ensuring that all the statutory and regulatory requirements under Bermuda legislation are met.
Mairi’s knowledge and experience around corporate governance and compliance for local and international entities ensures that her clients meet all the best practice standards. She has assisted in restructuring and reorganization projects for various corporates and trusts. Mairi is also fully conversant on the AML/ATF legislation as well as Bermuda’s position in terms of FATCA, CRS and Economic Substance.

Mairi is a member of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Bermuda.

 

Stacia Williams, LL.B.


Trust Accountant

Stacia recently joined Meritus Trust Company Limited as a Trust Accountant on November 5, 2019.

Prior to joining Meritus, Stacia was a Senior Accountant at Rawlinson & Hunter, Bermuda, where she began her trust career in 2013. There she managed a diverse portfolio of trusts and companies where she successfully assisted clients to meet and often exceed their planned objectives.

Stacia has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and is currently completing the Chartered Professional Accountants designation through the national accounting body, CPA Canada

Lisa Figureido, TEP


Trust Operations Officer

Lisa Figureido joined Meritus in July 2012.

Lisa began her trust career in 2006 with Butterfield Trust where she started as a Trust Administrator and developed her knowledge and experience working with increasingly complex trust and company structures working on the Family Office Team.

Lisa is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

She has also successfully completed Bermuda’s Corporate Procedures levels I & II.

Heather VanSickle, CPA, CA, TEP


Senior Manager – Compliance & Client Accounting

Heather successfully manages two critical roles at Meritus, heading the Compliance and Client Accounting teams. She is known for balancing meeting the increasing demands of regulatory compliance while remaining commercially friendly. In 2013, Heather brought to Meritus more than a decade of finance experience working with a Canadian Family Office where she was responsible for all aspects of financial reporting and valuation of portfolio assets and acted as Compliance Officer, ensuring regulatory compliance with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Heather’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – Economics
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 2017

Heather’s Honours

  • Past Director Barristers and Accountants AML/ATF Board

Deanna Didyk, CPA, CA, CFA, TEP


Chief Operations Officer

In addition to her extensive experience and role as a Fiduciary Director, Deanna’s keen eye for streamlining processes and utilising technology makes her perfect for the position of Chief Operations Officer. She strives to keep Meritus functioning optimally and is dedicated to continuously improving efficiencies. Deanna brings more than 20 years of experience in the trust and corporate services industry. Before joining Meritus, she was the Managing Director of BCB Paragon Trust Limited and Woodmont Trust Company Limited.

Deanna’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 2003

Deanna’s Honours

  • Past Treasurer of the Bermuda Association of Licensed Trustees
  • Past committee member of STEP Bermuda Branch
  • Awarded highest overall performance in Bermuda for TEP designation

Camille Goertzen, FCCA, ACA, TEP


Manager – Client Accounting and Compliance

Camille Goertzen joined Meritus in February 2020 having more than 15 years of accounting and finance experience with a clientele that included individuals, corporations and trusts. Camille plays a lead role in the preparation of financial statements, investment and assets related reports and schedules to support financial presentations on financial status for client meeting.

Camille is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Susan Edney, TEP


Senior Trust Officer

Susan Edney joined Meritus Trust Company in November 2010 with a background of 12 years’ experience in the trust industry.

Susan is a former Vice President of Butterfield Corporate Trust being responsible for a portfolio of employee benefit plans, insurance plans and other commercial vehicles that can utilize a trust structure.

Susan has a BA Honours degree in Politics and Economics and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Kelly Campbell


Trust Officer

Kelly Campbell joined Meritus on October 4, 2021, as a Trust Officer.

She began her trust career with Bermuda Trust Company Limited at HSBC Private Bank in 2007. Kelly spent time working in their Family Office where she gained valuable experience supporting senior management with administering various complex, multi-jurisdictional structures. From 2014 and prior to joining Meritus, Kelly worked in HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited’s compliance function where she partnered with various fiduciary and organizational businesses and supported the bank in managing their regulatory relationships and engagements.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Minor in Fine Arts from Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where she graduated Cum Laude.

Michelle L. Wolfe, CPA, CA


Chair & Family Counsel

Michelle is the epitome of a trusted advisor. She is passionate about and committed to the families that she serves. Her warmth, high emotional intelligence, vitality, and technical strengths empower her to handle the most complex and sensitive situations. These, combined with her leadership and entrepreneurial qualities, have propelled her towards success as a respected fiduciary and trusted advisor to families worldwide. Michelle’s earlier roles as Managing Director of Rothschild Trust (Bermuda) Limited, Coutts (Bermuda) Limited and Butterfield Trust (Bermuda) Limited, laid a robust foundation for her to become a founding partner and the first Managing Director of Meritus. In her current role as Chair and Family Counsel, she is focused on higher-level strategy and counsel, enabling her to support client families on a broader and more profound level.

Michelle’s Credentials

  • Master of Business
  • Master of Human Resources
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda

Michelle’s Accolades

  • Citywealth Powerwomen Awards – Woman of the Year – Business Growth (Boutique) – Gold award, 2020
  • Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2019 – Trustee of the Year (shortlisted)
  • Citywealth Leader’s List since 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal – Private Client Trust and Advisory Services, 2015

Michelle’s Honours

  • Member of the Bermuda Business Development Association (Trust Focus Group)
  • Past President of the Bermuda Association of Licensed Trustees
  • Judge for the 2016 and 2017 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Member of the Panel of Experts for the 2018 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Co-author of the chapter, “Private Trust Companies Coordinating with Family Offices”, in Globe Law and Business’ (2020), Private Trust Companies: A Handbook for Advisors

Barbara Patterson, BSc., TEP


Senior Client Director

Our client families, professional advisors, and the Meritus team all commend Barbara for her exceptional client service and relationship management skills. Her commitment to the highest standards of service, caring nature, and amiability, combined with over 30 years of experience in the trust and private client industry, make her an outstanding fiduciary. Barbara specialises in meeting the needs of highly complex, multi-jurisdiction ultra-high-net-worth families. A native Canadian, Barbara began her career in Bermuda in 1989 with the Bank of Bermuda and is a former Director of Bermuda Trust Company Ltd and Fiduciary Director / Manager of the Private Family Office Team at HSBC Private Bank in Bermuda. As a founding partner, Barbara’s fingerprint is embedded in the personality, culture, and professionalism of Meritus.

Barbara’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 1995

Barbara’s Honours

  • Member of STEP Bermuda branch since 1995
  • Recipient of an HSBC President’s award 2007
  • Recommended to Who’s Who Legal as a Private Client Trust and Advisory Services Professional for her work in the field

Gina M. Pereira, B.A. (Hons), LL.B., TEP


Managing Director, Client & Fiduciary Stewardship

Gina is a true global citizen who has lived and worked in more than half a dozen international financial centres worldwide. She possesses a sophisticated international background and experience in law, wealth management and philanthropy. Gina is a tireless advocate for the responsible stewardship of wealth and frequently writes and speaks on the subject. In 2010, alongside her law practice, she founded and ran Dana Philanthropy, a consultancy firm offering strategic philanthropy, mission-aligned and impact investing services. Gina joined Meritus in 2021 and runs the client side of the business, leading the Trust and Corporate Administration teams in her role as Managing Director, Client and Fiduciary Stewardship, with passion, focus and a desire to meaningfully add value for our client families.

Gina’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Trained with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto
  • Admitted to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada 2002
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 2005
  • Certificates in Innovative Financing Solutions for Resilience and Measuring Impact for Sustainability, Impact Investment Exchange, 2020
  • Certificate Responsible Investment, PRI 2021
  • Certificate in Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investments, US SIF 2016

Gina’s Accolades

  • Dana Philanthropy recipient of the esteemed STEP Private Client Award for Philanthropy Team of the Year, 2018/2019

Gina’s Honours

  • Past Co-chair STEP Philanthropy Advisors Special Interest Group
  • Presiding Judge for the 2020 and 2022 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Member of the Panel of Experts for the 2018 and 2019 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Lead author of a white paper, “Family Office Dialogues on the Responsible Stewardship of Wealth: A Guide”, published by STEP (2021)
  • Author of the Philanthropy chapter in Globe Law & Business (2015), Family Offices: A Handbook for Advisors
  • Member of the STEP Responsible Stewardship of Wealth Steering Committee
  • Member of the STEP Bermuda Technical Committee
  • Member of the Bermuda Association of Licensed Trustees’ Technical Committee
  • Past Board Member, Cardiac Health Foundation, Toronto
  • Past Board Advisor, ARZU Studio Hope, Chicago

Sara Schroter, LL.B., CDir FloD, TEP


Managing Director, Corporate & General Counsel

Sara always manages to juggle several balls in the air seamlessly with a calm and friendly demeanour. Her background exemplifies that. Before joining Meritus, Sara was General Counsel and a member of the Executive Team at Bermuda Commercial Bank. She was also in-house counsel with the global insurer, AXA UK plc. All that plus her wide range of legal experience in the private client, banking, insurance, regulatory, corporate, governance, commercial and litigation areas, help to ensure that Sara can provide thoughtful, solution-driven and commercially friendly advice as General Counsel for Meritus. In her role as Managing Director, Corporate, she leads the Finance, Accounting, Compliance, Operations, HR and Legal and Governance functions with a one-team approach. The go-to person for all matters related to governance and leadership, Sara frequently writes and speaks on these topics and is passionate about promoting women’s leadership and diversity and inclusion through her work.

Sara’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Laws, and a Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Trained with Barlow Lyde and Gilbert in London
  • Admitted as a solicitor in the UK, 2006 and called to the Bermuda Bar, 2005
  • Institute of Director’s Chartered Director designation 2019
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation with distinction 2021

Sara’s Accolades

  • Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2022 – Woman of the Year – Future Leaders – Partner (shortlisted)
  • Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2021 – Woman of the Year – Professional Services (shortlisted)
  • Citywealth Leader’s List since 2018
  • Bermuda’s first female Chartered Director and the Co-Chair of the Institute of Directors, Bermuda Branch

Sara’s Honours

  • Sits on several Boards and committees, including the Bermuda High School Board of Trustees, where she is the Chair of the Strategy Committee
  • Member of the Institute of Directors, the Bermuda Bar Association and STEP Bermuda
  • Co-author of the chapter, “Private Trust Companies Coordinating with Family Offices”, in Globe Law and Business (2020), Private Trust Companies: A Handbook for Advisors

Allan Wiekenkamp, CPA, CA, CFP, TEP


Chief Financial Officer & Founding Partner

Allan is an entrepreneur and an accomplished builder of people-focused financial service businesses. As a founding partner, his pioneering spirit instilled a culture of innovation and growth into Meritus. With more than two decades of experience with private clients, Allan is skilled at working with ultra-high-net-worth families and their complex structures and investments. Before Meritus, Allan was the Managing Director (and founder) of FORS Limited (Family Office Reporting Services), a provider of accounting and investment reporting services to private clients, family offices, and trust companies globally. He received his management training with Ernst & Young Bermuda, Private Client Services team.

Allan’s Credentials

  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation with honours 2005
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Bachelor of Science degree

Allan’s Accolades

  • Early Achievement Award from CPA British Columbia 2010
  • STEP Bermuda First Overall Bermuda TEP diploma scores

Allan’s Honours

  • Board member and treasurer of Vancouver Island University Foundation
  • Past chair and board member of Vancouver Island University
  • Past treasurer and board member of Innovation Island Venture Accelerator
  • Past treasurer and board member of STEP Bermuda

Dorothy U. Gazzard


Fiduciary Director

Through her unwavering dedication to authentically serving our client families and the Bermuda community, Dorothy exemplifies Meritus’ values of empathy, passion, humility, and courage. These characteristics enable her to earn the trust of others, an essential part of our business. Dorothy began her career in 1997 with the Bank of Bermuda / Bermuda Trust Company Limited and is a former Manager/Senior Trust Officer of the Private Family Office Team at HSBC Private Bank in Bermuda. In 2010, Dorothy and her co-founders formed Meritus, where together with her team, she provides bespoke services that meet the needs of multi-jurisdiction high-net-worth individuals.

Dorothy’s Credentials

  • Travel Services Management Diploma
  • STEP Certificate in International Trust Management
  • Bermuda Corporate Secretarial Services I and II

Dorothy’s Honours

Dorothy is an active wellness advocate and mentor supporting women and men throughout their journey towards holistic health by providing one-on-one support, immersion in peer support groups and activities, and collaboration with health and educational professionals. Her commitment to advocacy for holistic wellness extends to raising awareness and education by participating in various community and public information initiatives and events.

Mairi Redmond


Fiduciary Director

Mairi joined Meritus in 2020, and now as a Fiduciary Director, is responsible for a team that provides services to a portfolio of trust and corporate services clients, both local and international. She has more than 23 years of experience with private clients, high net worth individuals and families and various types of trust and corporate entities, including partnerships and overseas companies.

Mairi is also well versed in the incorporation process in Bermuda and can assist with the incorporation process in other jurisdictions and ensuring that all the statutory and regulatory requirements under Bermuda legislation are met.
Mairi’s knowledge and experience around corporate governance and compliance for local and international entities ensures that her clients meet all the best practice standards. She has assisted in restructuring and reorganization projects for various corporates and trusts. Mairi is also fully conversant on the AML/ATF legislation as well as Bermuda’s position in terms of FATCA, CRS and Economic Substance.

Mairi is a member of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Bermuda.

 

Deanna Didyk, CPA, CA, CFA, TEP


Chief Operations Officer

In addition to her extensive experience and role as a Fiduciary Director, Deanna’s keen eye for streamlining processes and utilising technology makes her perfect for the position of Chief Operations Officer. She strives to keep Meritus functioning optimally and is dedicated to continuously improving efficiencies. Deanna brings more than 20 years of experience in the trust and corporate services industry. Before joining Meritus, she was the Managing Director of BCB Paragon Trust Limited and Woodmont Trust Company Limited.

Deanna’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 2003

Deanna’s Honours

  • Past Treasurer of the Bermuda Association of Licensed Trustees
  • Past committee member of STEP Bermuda Branch
  • Awarded highest overall performance in Bermuda for TEP designation

Heather VanSickle, CPA, CA, TEP


Senior Manager – Compliance & Client Accounting

Heather successfully manages two critical roles at Meritus, heading the Compliance and Client Accounting teams. She is known for balancing meeting the increasing demands of regulatory compliance while remaining commercially friendly. In 2013, Heather brought to Meritus more than a decade of finance experience working with a Canadian Family Office where she was responsible for all aspects of financial reporting and valuation of portfolio assets and acted as Compliance Officer, ensuring regulatory compliance with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Heather’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – Economics
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • STEP Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation 2017

Heather’s Honours

  • Past Director Barristers and Accountants AML/ATF Board

Simon Lapierre, CPA, CA, CFA


Corporate Fiduciary Director

In Simon’s view, businesses that ‘walk the talk’ by incorporating sustainability and giving back to the community into their DNA are the gold standard. Simon’s decades of experience span corporate services, investment management, and fund administration, including acting as Director on three entities licensed with the Bermuda Monetary Authority. Before joining Meritus, Simon was the CEO of Lepercq Corporation Management Ltd., which provided corporate services and investment management services, and Senior Manager at Arthur Andersen, responsible for the Bermuda office’s asset management practice.

Simon’s Credentials

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in public accounting
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda
  • Member of the Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agrees du Quebec

Simon’s Honours

  • CFO of The Lepercq Charitable Foundation
  • Director of the Cripps Foundation and subsidiaries
  • Serves as a Protector on a charitable trust and select family trusts
  • Director of Lepercq-Multi Asset SICAV-FIS, a Luxembourg SICAV
  • Director of Lepercq Partners Fund, a Luxembourg SICAV

Margaret A. Morrison, B.S., MBA


MBA, Non-Executive Director

Known for driving innovation and change management, embracing diverse thoughts, intensely focusing on the client experience, and delivering business results, Margaret is considered a ‘go-to’ senior leader, trusted advisor, and mentor. A retired principal and senior leader at EY, she is the CEO of M.A.M. Consulting Partners LLC, a boutique consulting firm helping organisations accelerate profitable top-line growth. Margaret has been propelling Meritus’ industry leadership as a Board Advisor since January 2020, becoming a Non-Executive Director in April 2021.

Margaret’s Credentials

  • Master of Business Administration, Finance, Marketing and International Business
  • Bachelor of Science, Education
  • Scaling Up Certified Coach
  • America’s Partner Cash Flow Story

Margaret’s Accolades

  • National Associate of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow
  • David Rockefeller Fellow, Partnership for NYC

Margaret’s Honours

  • Board Member, New York Women’s Foundation, New York
  • Member of the International Women’s Forum
  • Member of How Women Lead
  • Member of Viridian Managed Fund, Angel Investor/Venture Fund, and its Evaluation Committee
  • Board Member of 325 Central Park Cooperative
  • Past Member, Financial Services Global Markets Executive, Ernst & Young LLP, New York
  • Past Co-Chair, Committee for Economic Development’s Subcommittee Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership
  • Past Board Member, Women’s Bond Club of New York

Fiona Beck, BMS (Hons), CA


Board Advisor

A staunch believer in technology as an enabler for all businesses, Fiona is a thriving independent Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer with over 30 years of leadership experience in the tech, telecoms, infrastructure, fintech, blockchain, and event management sectors. With her extensive expertise and focus on strategic direction and leadership management, she has been helping to raise Meritus to higher levels of productivity and success as a Board Advisor since January 2020.

Fiona’s Credentials

  • Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Management (Hons), Accounting and Finance
  • Certificate of Company Direction, IoD UK

Fiona’s Accolades

  • New Year’s Honours List 2017 – Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour for Services to America’s Cup 35 held in Bermuda

Fiona’s Honours

  • Director of the Bermuda Business Development Agency
  • Director of Oakley Capital Investments Limited (LSE: OCI)
  • Director Ocean Wilsons Holding Limited (LSE: OCN)
  • Director Ibex Ltd (Nasdaq: IBEX)
  • Director Atlas Arteria International Ltd (ASX: ALX)
  • Chair of South Atlantic Express Cable International Ltd
  • Chair of the Telecommunications Team, Americas Cup 2017
  • Past President and Executive Committee Member SubOptic
  • Member of the Institute of Directors (UK)
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member of the International Women’s Forum (Bermuda)
  • Member of the Global Women’s Network (New Zealand)
  • Secretary, Bermuda Anglers Club
  • Member of the International Women’s Fishing Association