ISC UK Team

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 …

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.

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LARA PEDLEY

DIRECTOR, UK

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 Prope…

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.

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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 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.

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Anmol Kothari

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Anmol 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.

Anmol recently graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Pol…

Anmol 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.

Anmol recently graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Politics and International Studies. She has previously worked in the non-profit sector and enjoys working in the realm of gender diversity and equality.

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Lucy St John

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Lucy is the contact point for all ISC members. As community manager she is the liaison for the entire network; answering queries, engaging on social media and implementing strategies to make the organisation more accessible to its members.

Lucy recently graduated from Edinburgh with a MA …

Lucy is the contact point for all ISC members. As community manager she is the liaison for the entire network; answering queries, engaging on social media and implementing strategies to make the organisation more accessible to its members.

Lucy recently graduated from Edinburgh with a MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology. She has previously worked in a benevolent environment and is happy to be working in an organisation who’s focus is on benefiting society.

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Board

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

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.

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 affecting 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.

CATHY LEWIS

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.

HAYLEY ROBINSON

Hayley is Chief Underwriting Officer at Zurich Insurance Group.

JANE PORTAS

Jane is a Partner at PWC. Following an early career as an auditor and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jane spent lengthy periods at the UK regulator where her responsibilities included authorising and supervising insurers, implementing European Directives and developing insurance policy.

KATHERINE LETSINGER

Katherine is a fast paced and commercially aware main board CFO, with a wealth of experience particularly focused on global financial services institutions. She is most in her element when rapid change is needed, being able to develop and implement a strategy even with ambiguous information in a complex, high-pressure environment. She is a valued contributor at Board level. Equally important, as CFO she places high importance on the development and maintenance of the highest quality of financial and operational controls, yet is detailed oriented when required.

KELLY LYLES

Kelly Lyles is responsible for managing the AXA Insurance presence around the world, a role which includes leading teams in Strategic Client & Broker Management, Global Programs Centre of Excellence, Captives Centre of Excellence and Portfolio Solutions.

She has held other senior positions in the Company, including Chief Regional Officer, for Insurance and Deputy Chair of the Insurance Leadership Team, as well as Chief Executive of Global Professional Insurance operations.

She has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including a number of roles in financial lines underwriting and management. Before joining XL Group in 2014, Kelly served as Head of Specialty Lines for Europe, Middle East and Africa at AIG. Earlier, she served as AIG’s Country Manager in France. She is a graduate of Villanova University.

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.

SIAN FISHER

Sian is CEO at CII and has held senior roles in a Lloyd’s Syndicate, a UK and European insurance company, a start-up intermediary, a market leading MGA, a major international broker and a US corporate.

She was a founder and original Board director of the Managing General Agents’ Association and has held senior positions with both the CII and the Insurance Institute of London. She is a graduate of Oxford University, with her ACII and an Exec MBA from Harvard. She is a member of The Chartered Insurance Institute.

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.

TRUDI JOHNSON

Strategically focused, CIPD qualified business partner with proven experience in organisational design, change management, TUPE, employee relations and talent management. Commercially focused, able to communicate at all levels and build strong relationships.