Board of Trustees

2016-2017 Board of Trustees


Zena Martin, President

Zena has been an enthusiastic member of the Junior League of London, since she joined the New Members’ Class in the autumn of 2003. Since going Active in January 2004, Zena has sat on various Committees, including Life Journeys, Learning Club, Boutique de Noel, Placement and Nominating. She has also served as Co-Chair of Life Journeys, as Community VP and as Communications Director, and sat on the Board of Trustees, twice. In 2013, Zena was awarded ‘Sustainer of the Year’ for her additional charity work in the UK.

A graduate of Amherst College, Zena has lived in London for 18 years, holding senior-level roles in marketing communications; and she is a dual American-British citizen. She works hard, but likes to have fun, enjoying singing, reading, cooking, travelling, the arts and volunteering. In addition to JLL, Zena has sat on the charitable Boards of The UK Scouts, The Royal Society of Arts and Urban Synergy.

Kimberly White, President-Elect
Kimberly has been a member of the Junior League since 2002.  She has served in Dallas and New York and since 2011 been a member of the London Junior League.  This past year Kimberly has served on the Board of Trustees as Sustainer Director.  She has a variety of Junior League experiences including fund raising, equine therapy, nature preservation, art education, and poverty intervention.  She is a graduate from Columbia University in New York and London Business School and focuses on Finance and Management Consulting.  Kimberly currently lives in Clapham with her husband, Richard and her two young children, Georgina and William.

Sarah Ryan, Finance Director

Originally from Chicago, Sarah joined the Junior League of London soon after she arrived in London in 2001. She has served on various committees, including New Member Development, Communications, Special Events and Sales (as co-chair), Placement and Revenue Research. Professionally, has worked in mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy and non-profit fundraising. She lives in Marylebone with her husband, Patrick, and enjoys running, pilates and the arts. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics and has an MBA in Finance, with honours, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Celine Cartlidge, Active-at-Large

Celine Cartlidge joined the Junior League of London in 2014. She has been a member and is the current chair of the Revenue Research Committee. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Celine moved to the UK in 2010 and completed her MBA at Lancaster University before moving to London. Celine has spent the past thirteen years working in financial services and is the Deputy Compliance Officer at Decus Insurance Brokers, a Lloyd’s of London broker. In her spare time, she enjoys live music and travelling.

Mary Craddock, Nominating Director

Mary joined the Junior League of London in Fall 2010 and has served on a number of committees including Centrepoint, Events, Little Black Dress and Nominating.  A graduate of Baylor University, Mary holds degrees in Finance and International Business which have allowed her to live and work across the globe – Tokyo, Berlin, Munich and now London.  She is currently the Managing Director of Real Estate for a private equity investment firm.  Mary lives with her husband in Fulham.

Lisa Bajardi, Sustainer Director

Lisa joined the Junior League of London in 2005. She previously served the Board as President-Elect and Membership Vice President. She also chaired the New Member Development and Life Journeys committees, each for two years, and has been a Placement Advisor, Annual Fund Champion, Recognition Champion, Sustainer Vice-Chair, and Sustainer Advisor. In 2010 she was awarded the JLL’s 25th anniversary award for promoting, developing, and improving the membership and the community. Lisa’s not-for-profit experience extends to having had served as board Vice-Chair of one of the JLL’s community partners, the Venture Community  Association.

Professionally, she works in investor relations for a hedge fund. Lisa lives in South Kensington with her husband and enjoys baking, fitness, and travel.

Melissa Allen, At-Large Director

Melissa joined the League in 2010.  She has served on the Board previously as Membership Vice President and as Active-at-Large where she was co-chair of the league’s Strategic Review.  She has also led the Holiday Hampers donations sub-committee, served as Co-Chair of DIAD, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012.

Melissa holds a Masters in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School and is the Head of the Risk Consulting practice at KPMG. She lives in Greenwich with her husband, Kale, and when she’s not volunteering she enjoys skiing, horse riding, and travel at every opportunity.

Lisa Coffee, At-Large Director

Lisa joined the Junior League of London in 2009 after moving to the UK from Chicago.  Throughout her JLL career, Lisa has served on a variety of committees including New Member, Holiday Hampers, co-chaired Dolly’s Imagination Library and co-chaired Boutique de Noel 2013 before becoming a Sustainer.   Lisa graduated with dual business and communications degrees from Southern Methodist University and received her MBA from the University of Michigan.  She spent 10 years as a management consultant, advising private sector clients on mergers/acquisitions and the resulting change management challenges.  In addition to JLL, Lisa has sat on the Boards of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Baby Cafe.

Anna Mazzone, At-Large Director

Anna has been a solid supporter of JLL since she returned to London from NY City in 2006.  As an active member, Anna has led led multiple committees for Boutique de Noel including managing the overall event in 2008.  She has served on the JLL Board as Vice President of Fund Development and also Sustainer Director. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Anna has over 20years in the international capital markets, working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Thomson Reuters, Markit, CME and Trunomi, her new venture in Fintech.  She founded and built the industry’s first global KYC Managed Shared Service for Thomson Reuters from. She is a dual American-British citizen.  Anna loves to build and create new ventures, enjoys hanging out with friends, travel, pilates, cycling and bulldogs.