Ross Webber – Chief Executive Officer
Ross Webber joined the BDA as CEO in 2014, having served as a Board Director since inception. Under his tenure, the BDA has achieved business development successes across multi-industry sectors, including new company formations, job creation and consecutive quarters of national GDP growth. The agency has also won strong support from government, regulatory and corporate stakeholders. Notably, Ross has been a strong advocate overseas for the jurisdiction’s blue-chip reputation, compliance and transparency. A former permanent secretary for the Bermuda government’s Ministry of Economic Development, Ross was previously head of global marketing and business development for international law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. He holds an MBA in Insurance and Financial Risk Management from St. John’s University, New York, and has a Diploma in Company Direction (Dip IoD) from the Institute of Directors.
Heather Bean – Head of Operations
Heather joins the BDA from Stockton Re, where she spent 14 years, latterly as vice president in charge of managing the company’s wind-down procedures. She brings a strong background in human resources management, including payroll, benefits and strategic retention. She also has many years of experience in strategic planning, budgeting, audit preparation, board reporting, shareholder liaison, financial and regulatory reporting and compliance, and facilities management. Her responsibilities at BDA include day-to-day office operations, financial and facilities management, as well as overseeing human resources and member services.
sophie burt – Conferences & Events Coordinator
A graduate of the University of East London (UEL) Business School, UK, Sophie earned a degree in Events Management and completed an internship at a local financial institution where she was actively involved in marketing, public relations, events and product management. Sophie coordinates BDA events and participation at conferences, meetings and receptions, and provides a range of administrative support.
Nicole Conrad Morrison – Head of Conferences & Events
Nicole is an accomplished advertising, marketing and multi-media professional with over 18 years’ international experience in producing events from live television broadcasts, corporate events to national advertising campaigns. Nicole oversees all conferences and events for the BDA, raising the profile of each industry sector and ensuring creative input, as well as top-quality representation at every event.
Yvonne Decosta – marketing manager
Yvonne has a solid marketing background, focusing on the creative, planning and production process. In her previous role at Clarien Bank, she was instrumental in launching its international marketing campaigns; she is also well-versed in analysing marketing research, developing product-driven campaigns, and managing production of all marketing materials. Her responsibilities at BDA include overseeing production of all marketing collateral and creating greater equity and visibility for the Bermuda brand.
marsha foley – Financial Controller
Marsha has been with the BDA and its predecessor organisations for seven years and provides vital continuity. As a financial accountant, her efficiency, record-keeping and systematic approach to handling the organisation’s payroll, benefits and banking are invaluable. Marsha ensures our internal controls and compliance standards are met in accordance with our statutory requirements.
Rosemary Jones – Head of Communications & Marketing
Rosemary is a former newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalist with extensive experience in Toronto and Bermuda. A member of the Media Council of Bermuda, she spent the past two decades covering Bermuda’s international business sector in editorial features, publications/book projects, and corporate exhibits produced via her own company, Brimstone Media. At the BDA, she oversees all jurisdictional advocacy, public and media relations, speeches and thought-leadership, website content, social media, collateral and other marketing. She also manages the agency’s BDA Abroad stakeholders outreach programme via LinkedIn.
Lynesha Lightbourne – Business Development Coordinator
Lynesha joined the BDA in 2016 with experience in the trust and private-client sector. Previously, she spent seven years at Bermuda Trust Company, a subsidiary of HSBC Bermuda, and later served as a senior trust officer at Butterfield Trust Bermuda before joining Anchor Corporate Solutions as a corporate services manager. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management from Fort Valley State University, GA, and an International Trust Management Diploma. Lynesha supports Business Development Managers in Trust & Private Client, Shipping and Aviation pillars.
Sean Moran – Head of Business Development
Sean Moran is Head of Business Development at the BDA, responsible for supervising the agency’s team of business development managers and coordinators. He has worked with the BDA since 2014, after more than 20 years of financial services experience, including three years as vice president of Citi Hedge Fund Services for Citigroup, New York. Prior to Citi, Sean held senior roles with Butterfield Fulcrum Group as director of business development and with HSBC Alternative Fund Services as client relationship manager in New York and Hong Kong. He holds a BA (Hons) degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. At the BDA, he is also responsible for both the Asset Management and Trust & Private Client sectors, and works closely with industry focus groups to set strategies for attracting new business to Bermuda.
Jereme Ramsay – Business Development Manager
Jereme’s experience spans financial services, in both asset management and retail banking. At HSBC, he oversaw strategic planning and marketing governance for retail and wealth management divisions, and was also e-sales manager. He holds a BA degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an MBA in Marketing Management from the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), UK, and is a Chartered Marketer and Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. At the BDA, Jereme is responsible for our Risk Solutions pillar and works with BDA reinsurance, insurance, captives, and insurance-linked securities sectors.
Kevin Richards – Business Development Manager
Kevin Richards oversees the International Commerce pillar, encouraging growth in Bermuda’s shipping, aircraft and technology sectors. He also manages the BDA’s Concierge service, connecting interested parties with relevant experts in Bermuda to form new business ventures. Kevin has more than nine years of financial services’ experience, including two as a strategic marketing manager for GE Canada’s growth team in Toronto. Previously, he was based in London with GE Capital International, and also worked in the insurance industry with ACE Group in London and Bermuda. Kevin holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.
Justin Simons – Concierge Coordinator
Justin is the BDA’s Concierge Coordinator, connecting clients with local decision-makers to help launch new businesses on the island. Internally, he provides strategic support, assisting with business-development initiatives, developing metrics, and serving as the team’s Salesforce guru. Prior to the BDA, Justin investigated financial crime, led strategic-planning exercises for multiple non-profits, and developed a knowledge management programme for Bermuda’s civil service. He is a graduate of Duke University’s Master of Public Policy programme.