Our Team

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BARBARA SCHÖNHOFER

FOUNDER

Barbara is an independent free thinker, passionate about her purpose to support change in the insurance industry. Barbara set out 40 years ago to better understand the complexities of what culture change takes in a sector that is complacent. She experienced it during 18 years in retail financial services as a business thought leader and first mover. In her 25 years’ operating in executive search for the international insurance markets she challenged normal practices. She spotted the need, over a decade ago, to bring together women leaders in the London Market, later branching out to create an international community of women in insurance and more recently opening a network to aspiring female leaders. Today her focus is on growing ISC Group as the female networking platform for all women in insurance globally, encouraging peer to peer networking by city, country and cross border and then bringing these different peer groups together to close the seniority gap. Women need community to encourage the fortitude and courage to seize opportunities as they are presented rather than wait to be invited. Barbara is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers, sits on the board and steering committees of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Insuring Women’s Futures (IWF) programme leading Careers In Risk, one of the three pillars of the programme. She is also a board member of Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) as part of the Alzheimer Society, and an advisor to the founding team of ArcQ, a not-for-profit focussing on workplace inclusion of young adults on the autism spectrum and those with learning differences.

BARBARA SCHÖNHOFER

FOUNDER

Barbara is an independent free thinker, passionate about her purpose to support change in the insurance industry. Barbara set out 40 years ago to better understand the complexities of what culture change takes in a sector that is complacent. She experienced it during 18 years in retail financial services as a business thought leader and first mover. In her 25 years’ operating in executive search for the international insurance markets she challenged normal practices. She spotted the need, over a decade ago, to bring together women leaders in the London Market, later branching out to create an international community of women in insurance and more recently opening a network to aspiring female leaders. Today her focus is on growing ISC Group as the female networking platform for all women in insurance globally, encouraging peer to peer networking by city, country and cross border and then bringing these different peer groups together to close the seniority gap. Women need community to encourage the fortitude and courage to seize opportunities as they are presented rather than wait to be invited. Barbara is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers, sits on the board and steering committees of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Insuring Women’s Futures (IWF) programme leading Careers In Risk, one of the three pillars of the programme. She is also a board member of Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) as part of the Alzheimer Society, and an advisor to the founding team of ArcQ, a not-for-profit focussing on workplace inclusion of young adults on the autism spectrum and those with learning differences.

LARA PEDLEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Lara joined the insurance sector in 2016 and now works as the UK Director for the ISC. Lara manages ISC UK and advises on development and strategy of ISC Group globally. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Lara worked in the business development and marketing team for a start up in the Property sector. Lara is passionate about culture change and the impact it can bring to organisations. Lara holds a BSc (Hons) Geographical Sciences from The University of Bristol.

LARA PEDLEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Lara joined the insurance sector in 2016 and now works as the UK Director for the ISC. Lara manages ISC UK and advises on development and strategy of ISC Group globally. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Lara worked in the business development and marketing team for a start up in the Property sector. Lara is passionate about culture change and the impact it can bring to organisations. Lara holds a BSc (Hons) Geographical Sciences from The University of Bristol.

GENEVIEVE STOW

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Genevieve joined ISC Group in 2019 and has a background in marketing and event production. Genevieve puts together the online programming schedule as well as managing the marketing strategy with a particular focus on communications. As she originated from outside the Insurance industry, Genevieve is keen to encourage cross-industry collaboration to effect culture change. Genevieve has a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from the University of Bristol.

GENEVIEVE STOW

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Genevieve joined ISC Group in 2019 and has a background in marketing and event production. Genevieve puts together the online programming schedule as well as managing the marketing strategy with a particular focus on communications. As she originated from outside the Insurance industry, Genevieve is keen to encourage cross-industry collaboration to effect culture change. Genevieve has a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from the University of Bristol.

RACHEL KELLY

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Rachel is the contact point for all administrative requests. As administrative assistant, she organises the ISC diary; scheduling meetings and calls, and liaising with those who wish to get in touch with the ISC team.

RACHEL KELLY

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Rachel is the contact point for all administrative requests. As administrative assistant, she organises the ISC diary; scheduling meetings and calls, and liaising with those who wish to get in touch with the ISC team.

EVIE KENNEDY

PR & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Evie has joined the ISC Group as our PR and Communications Manager and is the go to for all public relations and targeted media campaigns. Through strategic comms and ongoing media relations, Evie is also helping to promote ISC Group’s memberships, offerings and news in key industry publications. Evie holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism from the University of Chester and is a PR Consultant focusing on brand strategy, creating content and organic brand partnerships.

EVIE KENNEDY

PR & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Evie has joined the ISC Group as our PR and Communications Manager and is the go to for all public relations and targeted media campaigns. Through strategic comms and ongoing media relations, Evie is also helping to promote ISC Group’s memberships, offerings and news in key industry publications. Evie holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism from the University of Chester and is a PR Consultant focusing on brand strategy, creating content and organic brand partnerships.


Jutta Kath

CEO & Founder of uni-kath llc

Jutta Kath

CEO & Founder of uni-kath llc

Edona Gutaj

Senior Consultant

Edona Gutaj

Senior Consultant

Our UK Board comprises women of experience and expertise in the world of insurance, who share a passion and dedication to the ISC remit.

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TRACEY MEDEIROS

TRACEY MEDEIROS

MONICA NINGEN

MONICA NINGEN

LORIE PHAIR

LORIE PHAIR

HEATHER MASTERSON

HEATHER MASTERSON

SHARI DODSWORTH

SHARI DODSWORTH

Our Ambassadors provide support to our members and representation of ISC within the wider community.

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