Our Team

Meet our wonderful team.
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Barbara Schönhofer MBE

Founder & Chair

Executive Chair Global of ISC Group, Co-Chair GAIN (Group for Autism Insurance, Investment and Neurodiversity), Board level Career Coach. Barbara’s career in the financial services covers 4 decades equally operating in the industry as a business leader and as a consultant to the insurance sector as an executive search consultant. Passionate about better gender equity and a more inclusive work life environment for everybody in the sector she serves, Barbara has always championed sustainable culture change. A free thinker, enabler and change agent Barbara set out 45 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 innovator. In her extensive years operating in executive search for the international insurance markets, Barbara challenged normal practices and spotted the need, over a decade ago, to bring together women leaders in the London Market to network and in so doing over time created an international community of women in insurance. More recently and in direct response to the pandemic, opening the network to aspiring female leaders, and all women operating in the industry. Today, Barbara’s focus is on expanding the influence of ISC-Group as the female business networking platform for women in insurance globally. Barbara’s mantra is to gather community to give each other the fortitude, courage, and insight to influence and realise opportunities as they are presented rather than wait to be invited. Alongside ISC-Group, Barbara offers board level career advancement and transition advice to senior executives. Barbara is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers where she co-founder iWIN (Independent Women Insurance Network). Barbara is also a board member of Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) as part of the Alzheimer Society.

Barbara Schönhofer MBE

Founder & Chair

Executive Chair Global of ISC Group, Co-Chair GAIN (Group for Autism Insurance, Investment and Neurodiversity), Board level Career Coach. Barbara’s career in the financial services covers 4 decades equally operating in the industry as a business leader and as a consultant to the insurance sector as an executive search consultant. Passionate about better gender equity and a more inclusive work life environment for everybody in the sector she serves, Barbara has always championed sustainable culture change. A free thinker, enabler and change agent Barbara set out 45 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 innovator. In her extensive years operating in executive search for the international insurance markets, Barbara challenged normal practices and spotted the need, over a decade ago, to bring together women leaders in the London Market to network and in so doing over time created an international community of women in insurance. More recently and in direct response to the pandemic, opening the network to aspiring female leaders, and all women operating in the industry. Today, Barbara’s focus is on expanding the influence of ISC-Group as the female business networking platform for women in insurance globally. Barbara’s mantra is to gather community to give each other the fortitude, courage, and insight to influence and realise opportunities as they are presented rather than wait to be invited. Alongside ISC-Group, Barbara offers board level career advancement and transition advice to senior executives. Barbara is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers where she co-founder iWIN (Independent Women Insurance Network). Barbara is also a board member of Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) as part of the Alzheimer Society.

LARA PEDLEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Lara joined the insurance sector in 2016 and now works as the Global Managing Director for ISC Group. Lara manages ISC Group and advises on development and strategy 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 Global Managing Director for ISC Group. Lara manages ISC Group and advises on development and strategy 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 SPONSORSHIP

Genevieve joined ISC Group in 2019 and has a background in marketing and event production. Genevieve puts together the online programming schedule for the General Membership as well as managing sponsorship and client relations. 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 SPONSORSHIP

Genevieve joined ISC Group in 2019 and has a background in marketing and event production. Genevieve puts together the online programming schedule for the General Membership as well as managing sponsorship and client relations. 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.

Taslima Malik

Global Account Manager

Taslima has joined ISC Group as our Global Accounts Manager. Taslima previously worked in education and is very well versed in programming, reporting, and managing stakeholder relationships. She strongly believe that diversity and equality in the workplace is essential and therefore the role at ISC Group was a perfect fit for her new career venture.

Taslima Malik

Global Account Manager

Taslima has joined ISC Group as our Global Accounts Manager. Taslima previously worked in education and is very well versed in programming, reporting, and managing stakeholder relationships. She strongly believe that diversity and equality in the workplace is essential and therefore the role at ISC Group was a perfect fit for her new career venture.

Laura Cardenal

Global Events Administrator

Laura joined ISC as the Global Events Administrator. She was working previously in the educational field but also has background in event planning and account management. Laura really enjoy creating and maintaining client relationships and is passionate about all the process, from beginning to end, that comprehends the delivery of events. "I believe equality and diversity are really important, being both of them fundamental in the workplace. Joining ISC Group gives me the chance to be part of the real change for businesswomen, and it's the perfect next step in my professional career."

Laura Cardenal

Global Events Administrator

Laura joined ISC as the Global Events Administrator. She was working previously in the educational field but also has background in event planning and account management. Laura really enjoy creating and maintaining client relationships and is passionate about all the process, from beginning to end, that comprehends the delivery of events. "I believe equality and diversity are really important, being both of them fundamental in the workplace. Joining ISC Group gives me the chance to be part of the real change for businesswomen, and it's the perfect next step in my professional career."

Anthony John

Working Group Coordinator

I provide our 6 chairs and 100+ volunteers with a vital resource to ensure we can deliver on some of the great initiatives they have planned.

Anthony John

Working Group Coordinator

I provide our 6 chairs and 100+ volunteers with a vital resource to ensure we can deliver on some of the great initiatives they have planned.

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.

Ehilyn Rincon

Global Administrative Assistant

I manage the Global ISC Diary and I ensure smooth office running and employee happiness.

Ehilyn Rincon

Global Administrative Assistant

I manage the Global ISC Diary and I ensure smooth office running and employee happiness.

Global Board

Barbara Schönhofer MBE

Founder & Chair

Executive Chair Global of ISC Group, Co-Chair GAIN (Group for Autism Insurance, Investment and Neurodiversity), Board level Career Coach. Barbara’s career in the financial services covers 4 decades equally operating in the industry as a business leader and as a consultant to the insurance sector as an executive search consultant. Passionate about better gender equity and a more inclusive work life environment for everybody in the sector she serves, Barbara has always championed sustainable culture change. A free thinker, enabler and change agent Barbara set out 45 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 innovator. In her extensive years operating in executive search for the international insurance markets, Barbara challenged normal practices and spotted the need, over a decade ago, to bring together women leaders in the London Market to network and in so doing over time created an international community of women in insurance. More recently and in direct response to the pandemic, opening the network to aspiring female leaders, and all women operating in the industry. Today, Barbara’s focus is on expanding the influence of ISC-Group as the female business networking platform for women in insurance globally. Barbara’s mantra is to gather community to give each other the fortitude, courage, and insight to influence and realise opportunities as they are presented rather than wait to be invited. Alongside ISC-Group, Barbara offers board level career advancement and transition advice to senior executives. Barbara is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers where she co-founder iWIN (Independent Women Insurance Network). Barbara is also a board member of Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) as part of the Alzheimer Society.

Barbara Schönhofer MBE

Founder & Chair

ISC Group

Executive Chair Global of ISC Group, Co-Chair GAIN (Group for Autism Insurance, Investment and Neurodiversity), Board level Career Coach. Barbara’s career in the financial services covers 4 decades equally operating in the industry as a business leader and as a consultant to the insurance sector as an executive search consultant. Passionate about better gender equity and a more inclusive work life environment for everybody in the sector she serves, Barbara has always championed sustainable culture change. A free thinker, enabler and change agent Barbara set out 45 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 innovator. In her extensive years operating in executive search for the international insurance markets, Barbara challenged normal practices and spotted the need, over a decade ago, to bring together women leaders in the London Market to network and in so doing over time created an international community of women in insurance. More recently and in direct response to the pandemic, opening the network to aspiring female leaders, and all women operating in the industry. Today, Barbara’s focus is on expanding the influence of ISC-Group as the female business networking platform for women in insurance globally. Barbara’s mantra is to gather community to give each other the fortitude, courage, and insight to influence and realise opportunities as they are presented rather than wait to be invited. Alongside ISC-Group, Barbara offers board level career advancement and transition advice to senior executives. Barbara is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers where she co-founder iWIN (Independent Women Insurance Network). Barbara is also a board member of Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) as part of the Alzheimer Society.

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Diversified Search Group

Reeva Bakhshi

CFO & COO

Reeva Bakhshi

CFO & COO

Aspen US

Suneeta Padda

Founding Director

Suneeta Padda

Founding Director

Padda Consulting

CATHY LEWIS

NED

Cathy Lewis is a Non- Executive Director and Remco Chair for The Ardonagh Group, Atlanta Segment. Cathy has worked in the life and savings sector for many years, holding the position of Executive Director HR and Corporate Services for Prudential UK & Europe. Until recently she was Group HR Director for RSA plc. Cathy was the Group Reward Director for Abbey plc at the time of the Santander take over. She also spent a year seconded into the civil service, joining the Board of HMRC as part of an initiative of change and skills transformation in the civil service. Cathy graduated in 1985 and later secured a Masters Degree in Human Resources.

CATHY LEWIS

NED

Cathy Lewis is a Non- Executive Director and Remco Chair for The Ardonagh Group, Atlanta Segment. Cathy has worked in the life and savings sector for many years, holding the position of Executive Director HR and Corporate Services for Prudential UK & Europe. Until recently she was Group HR Director for RSA plc. Cathy was the Group Reward Director for Abbey plc at the time of the Santander take over. She also spent a year seconded into the civil service, joining the Board of HMRC as part of an initiative of change and skills transformation in the civil service. Cathy graduated in 1985 and later secured a Masters Degree in Human Resources.

JODIE KAUFMAN DAVIS

Senior Vice President

HW Kaufman Financial Group Senior Vice President and Burns & Wilcox Canada, Managing Director

JODIE KAUFMAN DAVIS

Senior Vice President

HW Kaufman

HW Kaufman Financial Group Senior Vice President and Burns & Wilcox Canada, Managing Director

Maxine GODDARD

Senior Vice President, Strategic Distribution & Development

Maxine GODDARD

Senior Vice President, Strategic Distribution & Development

Sompo International

Pamela Thomson-Hall

Head of International

Pamela Thomson-Hall

Head of International

Willis Towers Watson


LARA PEDLEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Lara joined the insurance sector in 2016 and now works as the Global Managing Director for ISC Group. Lara manages ISC Group and advises on development and strategy 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 Global Managing Director for ISC Group. Lara manages ISC Group and advises on development and strategy 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.

JODIE WILLETT

UK Manager

As UK Manager, Jodie manages the Corporate accounts, Memberships and Events within the UK. Jodie is passionate about creating and maintaining client relationships and developing the best possible programme we can for our members.

JODIE WILLETT

UK Manager

As UK Manager, Jodie manages the Corporate accounts, Memberships and Events within the UK. Jodie is passionate about creating and maintaining client relationships and developing the best possible programme we can for our members.

Dnyanada Athavale

UK Events Administrator

Dnyanada is passionate about wellbeing, employee engagement, performance and diversity & inclusion.She has experience in carrying out coaching and mentoring sessions on the importance of physical, mental and nutritional well being. Being a Yoga and Pilates trainer she has helped women of various age-groups to achieve a balanced health.All of this knowledge will be indispensable in her role as UK Events Administrator. Dnyanada, we are thrilled to have you in our team.

Dnyanada Athavale

UK Events Administrator

Dnyanada is passionate about wellbeing, employee engagement, performance and diversity & inclusion.She has experience in carrying out coaching and mentoring sessions on the importance of physical, mental and nutritional well being. Being a Yoga and Pilates trainer she has helped women of various age-groups to achieve a balanced health.All of this knowledge will be indispensable in her role as UK Events Administrator. Dnyanada, we are thrilled to have you in our team.

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

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Job Title

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Kelly Hunter

Head of Client and Broker Engagement

Kelly Hunter

Jenny Bolden

Partner

Jenny Bolden

Debbie O'Hare

Managing Director

Debbie O'Hare

Bethan Jones

Group Integration Officer

Bethan Jones

Anita Fernqvist

Chief Data Officer and Operations Director

Anita Fernqvist

Pamela Thomson-Hall

Head of International

Pamela Thomson-Hall

SUZANNE LIVERSIDGE

Suzanne has worked at Kennedys since 2010. She is the global Managing Partner, a member of the Global Strategy Board, sits on the firm’s R&D and Innovations Boards, and leads Kennedys’ Women in Insurance Network. She is also an active member of Link, the professional network for members of the LGBT+ community and their allies who work in the insurance sector. She leads Kennedys’ global sponsorship of Dive In, the Festival for Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance run by Lloyd’s of London, and is a regular keynote speaker at events. Between 2011 and 2012, Suzanne stood as President of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, becoming the first female president in its 242-year history in the process. She was also named Sheffield Businesswoman of the Year for two consecutive years.

SUZANNE LIVERSIDGE

OLIVIA COOPER

Olivia is the Head of Finex GB (the Financial Lines and Executive Risk Business) at Willis Towers Watson. This is a 300 person business with employees in Mumbai and UK. She has worked for the organisation for 11 years and prior to this she served as the Finex Asia Regional leader based in Singapore, where she successfully connected the Finex teams across the region and embedded a strong 3 year growth plan for FINEX in the region

OLIVIA COOPER

Barbara Merry

Barbara graduated from the London School of Economics. She went on to qualify as a chartered accountant and worked at KPMG before joining Lloyd’s and spending 14 years involved in accounting, solvency, reporting, membership and capital matters a?ecting Lloyd’s members, underwriting agents and brokers. Barbara has served two terms on the Lloyd’s Market Association Board and has chaired the LMA’s training and development committee for 6 years. She is a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and a Vice President of the Insurance Institute of London. Currently, she is involved in a number of initiatives associated with talent and diversity, including the Inclusion@Lloyd’s group and iWIN. Barbara is a non-executive director for Domestic and General Insurance Limited and Lloyd’s Broking group CGNMB LLP.

Barbara Merry

AILSA KING

Ailsa joined Marsh after 25 years at Willis Towers Watson, where she most recently served as Head of UK Client and Business Development. In this role, Ailsa was responsible for sales, client management, regional growth, industry segmentation and marketing as well as holding numerous senior leadership positions, including leader of the Risk Solutions client segment in the UK and Client Advocate for the retail and leisure and hospitality industries.

AILSA KING

LARA PEDLEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Lara joined the insurance sector in 2016 and now works as the Global Managing Director for ISC Group. Lara manages ISC Group and advises on development and strategy 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

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