Our Team

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BARBARA SCHÖNHOFER

FOUNDER & CHAIR

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 & CHAIR

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 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 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 SPONSORSHIP

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.

KANDI TONG

EVENTS AND MARKETING ASSISTANT

Kandi is responsible for creating and delivering global marketing and social media campaigns, as well as conducting general event management. Kandi finished her master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Philosophy and Public Policy, and is passionate about women empowerment and gender equality.

KANDI TONG

EVENTS AND MARKETING ASSISTANT

Kandi is responsible for creating and delivering global marketing and social media campaigns, as well as conducting general event management. Kandi finished her master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Philosophy and Public Policy, and is passionate about women empowerment and gender equality.

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.

Princess Nancy Okonkwo

Membership Coordinator

Nancy is responsible for providing scalable solutions and contributing to the global expansion of the ISC Group.​ She believes in the power of always having a clear goal and setting your mind to achieving it. ​

Princess Nancy Okonkwo

Membership Coordinator

Nancy is responsible for providing scalable solutions and contributing to the global expansion of the ISC Group.​ She believes in the power of always having a clear goal and setting your mind to achieving it. ​

Global Board

Reeva Bakhshi

CFO & COO

Reeva Bakhshi

CFO & COO

Suneeta Padda

Founding Director

Suneeta Padda

Founding Director

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

BARBARA SCHÖNHOFER

FOUNDER & CHAIR

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 & CHAIR

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.

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

EXECUTIVE CHAIR

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

JODIE KAUFMAN DAVIS

EXECUTIVE CHAIR

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

Maxine GODDARD

Senior Vice President, Strategic Distribution & Development at Sompo International

Maxine GODDARD

Senior Vice President, Strategic Distribution & Development at Sompo International

Pamela Thomson-Hall

Head of CEEMEA, Head of Corporate Risk & Broking CEEMEA, Managing Director International at Willis Towers Watson

Pamela Thomson-Hall

Head of CEEMEA, Head of Corporate Risk & Broking CEEMEA, Managing Director International at Willis Towers Watson


Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Engagement Committee

Brooke Kelley

Brooke Kelley

Bonnie Boone

Executive Vice President

Bonnie Boone

Executive Vice President

Margaret Catalano

Margaret Catalano

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Membership Committee

Krysti Adamson

Managing Director, Globals Client Executive

Krysti Adamson

Managing Director, Globals Client Executive

Bonny Dorland

Principal

Bonny Dorland

Principal

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Programming Committee

Megan McConnell

Chief Underwriting Officer

Megan McConnell

Chief Underwriting Officer

Ania Caruso

Growth and Business Development Leader

Ania Caruso

Growth and Business Development Leader

Sabrina Hart

Executive Vice President/Central Zone Executive

Sabrina Hart

Executive Vice President/Central Zone Executive

Nefissa Sator

Chief Actuary & expert ERM

Nefissa Sator

Chief Actuary & expert ERM

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practise Leader

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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Sabrina Hart

Executive Vice President/Central Zone Executive

Sabrina Hart

Nefissa Sator

Chief Actuary & expert ERM

Nefissa Sator

Nancy Bewlay

Nancy Bewlay

Margaret Catalano

Margaret Catalano

Kim Waller

Kim Waller

Grace Vandecruze

Grace Vandecruze

Bonny Dorland

Principal

Bonny Dorland

Bonnie Boone

Executive Vice President

Bonnie Boone

Barbara Bufkin

Barbara Bufkin

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

Our Aspire Committee work together to ensure we are providing our Aspire members with content that is relevant and inspiring.

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