Penny Illston

Group Director of HR

Penny was born and raised in England and now lives in Berkshire with her husband.  Education has always been central to her upbringing and a theme throughout her life, and she is passionate about learning and exploring new opportunities and experiences.

She holds a BA in Business from Brighton University in the UK and an MA in Organisation Development form Loyola University Chicago in the USA.  She has a wealth of experience and expertise in HR, People and Organisation Development, and is a specialist in change and transformation. Central to her working approach is the development of individuals, teams and organisations. Prior to joining International Schools Partnership (ISP) as Group HR Director, she worked as an HR professional and Director for global organisations including British Airways, P&O Cruises, Kingfisher and STA Travel.

During her career, Penny has also worked as an Executive coach of individuals and teams and is a qualified Personal Trainer, although she no longer actively puts others through their paces!

Penny loves an adventure and is a big fan of all sports, as a participant and spectator.  She enjoys running, yoga, skiing and being outdoors as much as possible.  She also loves dancing and music, particularly singing, and her guilty pleasure is following the Strictly Come Dancing programme on TV.

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