Partners & Managers

Doug Soares
Managing Partner


Doug founded Expertise in 1999 and serves as Managing Partner.  He consults widely on matters pertaining to leading change and workforce development.  He also is a widely known expert in Bermuda immigration policy and labour force dynamics. 


Doug is a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and possesses an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Western Ontario.

Claudia Philipsz-Jones


Claudia joined Expertise in 2005 and is the Practice Leader of the HR Consulting and Outsourcing team.  Claudia leads  key client engagements, particularly in HR strategy, resolving employee relations issues, performance management and organisational change.


Claudia possesses a degree in Psychology and a Masters from the University of Warwick. She is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Malika Taylor


Malika joined Expertise in 2004 and is Practice Leader for Executive Search, Retained Recruitment & Temporary Placement Services. Malika personally manages all executive searches and leads a team of consultants that provide a full range of recruitment services.


Malika possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as a MBA from Kent Business School at the University of Kent. 

Jason Wakeford


Jason joined Expertise in 2008 and serves as Chief Financial Officer and Practice Leader for Accounting Services. Immediately prior to joining Expertise, Jason was part of the Ernst & Young Investment Assurance Services team.


Jason originates from South Africa where he obtained his Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Port Elizabeth.  He is a CA registered with both the South African and Bermuda Institutes.

Mieah DeFontes
HR & Immigration Manager


Mieah joined Expertise in 2006 and manages our team of HR and Immigration consultants.  She has extensive experience in all areas of HR with particular expertise in Bermuda work permit policy, performance appraisal, employee discipline and employment policy.


Mieah possesses a Bachelors in Psychology and Business and holds a Masters in HR Management and Employment Relations from Brunel University .


Melody Greenslade


Melody joined Expertise in 2007 and provides human resource consulting services to clients.  She possesses expert knowledge in all areas of HR, especially in Bermuda immigration policy, recruitment practices as well as performance management and employee relations matters.  


Melody earned her Bachelors of Arts from Bucknell University and is a Certified Behavioural Analyst (DISC).

Tessa Rossiter
Payroll Manager


Tessa joined Expertise in 2009 and manages the Payroll Services team.  Tessa's team is responsible for processing payrolls for over 50 clients per month, some of which have 200+ employees.  She has expert knowledge of Bermuda payroll, payroll tax and the interface between payroll and accounting systems.


Tessa obtained a Bachelors in Accountancy and is Chartered Public Accountant (CPA).

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Lucia Peniston
Accounting Services Manager


Lucia joined Expertise in 2018 and heads up the Accounting Services team.  Lucia's team is responsible for providing a wide range of accounting solutions to local businesses including bookkeeping and accounting support as well as financial reporting and strategic advice.


Prior to joining Expertise, Lucia was the Tax Commissioner of Bermuda for 5 years.  Lucia is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with over 20 years' experience in accounting. 

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