Siobhan Hamilton-Phillips, Chairman
Siobhan is an occupational psychologist and has travelled extensively working across many cultures. Over the years she has written and presented training programmes and offered psychometric testing for major companies and organisations including The Industrial Society, the BBC and LBC where she had her own phone in programme for two years. She served for twelve years, in a consultancy role, with the Bank of England, the Dept. Social Services, Dept of Education, Dept of Employment and the Criminal Investigation Dept. of the Met. She spent 2 years undertaking research with the SAS. Siobhan has served on a number of committees including 4 years as deputy Chairman for Women in Management and 4 years on the London Branch of the IoD.
Monica Sasso, Honorary Secretary
Monica Sasso is an engineer by education but has morphed into a project and programme professional specialising in change and business transformation within financial services. She is also a trustee for the Association for Project Management. Monica grew up in the US, and has travelled and worked all over the US, the UK and the Netherlands. She is a passionate cyclist and runner and participates in races all over the World – most notably cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats from Bangkok to Saigon. She can regularly be seen at the Club in her running kit and always hikes across London suited with trainers on!
Sylvie is French and British National. She spent her youth and formative years in France, Germany, Austria, Ceylon, the Middle East and North Africa – studying at universities in Cologne, Nancy, the Sorbonne, Nanterre and Geneva. She is now a free-lance and consultant interpreter for various international organisations, government and industry and is Associate Lecturer at the University of Leeds.
My background includes the study of Medicine at Bart’s Hospital, working in the City for JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Lazard’s, but also setting up and running my own business, in the City, working on computer cyclic analysis of the markets. I ‘retired’ in 1989, and moved to rural France, to set up a cultural centre in a Chateau, and promoted artists and philosophers. I restored a large property, which is still running successfully as a small hotel, and I began to study psychology and I started a family. I later completed a degree in Psychology from the OU, and a degree in Fine Art and Design from the University of Wolverhampton. In addition I completed a four year course in Integrative Energy Therapy from Snowlion School in Switzerland. I have helped produce and record several albums of music, and I released my own , Without You Knowing, in 2007. I am passionate about the arts and how they can be used to heal and inspire others, (I have completed a brief internship at the Estorick collection/museum).
Isabella started her career as a graduate trainee at the BBC, and worked on programmes ranging from Horizon to Wogan. She has also worked in publishing and events management, has been a governor of a girls’ boarding school and latterly has been involved in the fashion industry – high fashion shoes for the young mass market, a business which she started from scratch and which now sells shoes to large multiple stores in the UK and abroad.
Kay Lacey is a Company Director of a retail company in Sussex and part owns a small family farm in Wiltshire. Formerly an academic she has recently worked as an online journalist and web publisher. She has been the Club Library Talks organizer several times and has served on the Library Committee for many years.
Fiona Lazareff lives with her husband and five children in Paris but is always finding excuses to come to London and stay at the Club. Having studied Economics at university, she started out as an economist in the City, before working in Hong Kong and New York. In 1990 she dropped out of the world of finance and launched “Boulevard” a magazine about arts culture, food and fashion, in Paris. Today she is editor-in-chief of divento.com, a website on European culture which was launched by Vivendi Universal in 2001. She also spends time competing side saddle and is Champion of France 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Born in Australia and graduated from Melbourne University with a law degree before moving to the UK to read for the Bar. Worked for an international construction company in London, travelling widely in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as part of the team negotiating major construction work. After taking an MBA at Cranfield University, specialising in HR and Marketing, returned to Australia to run a restaurant and tourist facility leaving again in the 1980s to marry into an Indian family and raise a daughter, now 24. Moving between London and Gloucestershire, started and ran a London property management company over 20 years and continues to consult for special projects. Now a Life Member, has been a member of the Club since 1983 and served on the GC for 2 years from 2003 to 2005. Believes passionately that notwithstanding the wide opportunities now available for educated women to meet, debate, network and enjoy each other’s company at other venues, the Club remains a much-needed haven.
Shisha studied psychology at university, and decided to use her qualification in the service industry. She is currenlty the managing director of Signature Concierge Services, a bespoke concierge and lifestyle management company based in London and specializing in providing services to high end individuals and businesses during their stay in London. Shisha is also involved with several non-profit and charitable organisations including being head of hospitality in NIRMA and participating in a number of walks and runs.
Kate is CEO of CiC, a leading Employee Assistance Provider based in Kensington. CiC provides 24/7 helplines and clinical support to a large number of NGOs (Save the Children International, Oxfam, Amnesty International) and news organisations (Reuters, CBS, International Crisis Group, NPR, AlJazeera) as well as large public sector and Government organisations (FCO, Barts Hospital) and private sector companies. She has worked as a corporate psychologist and psychotherapist for the past 25 years and was a Director of Darteurope for 10 years. Kate has worked in Africa, Ireland, Asia, South America and the Middle East leading group trainings on resilience and traumatic stress and is a guest lecturer for the University of East London’s MSc on International Humanitarian Psychosocial Consultation. In 2008, Kate was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is currently President of EAEF.
Claire is a recent graduate of the University of St Andrews where she completed an MA in French, Spanish and Linguistics. She now lives in London, working as a project manager in e-commerce and doing a part-time MA in Cultural Enterprise in her spare time. Alongside the UWC Committee, Claire is the representative for the Club on the London Inter-Club committee, organising events for the Club’s members under 35.
Meriel Rowson, Co-Honorary Treasurer