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The Catalyst Team 

Innovative. Invested. Indispensable. 

Lani Isip 

Consultant, POEA 

With close to 20 years experience with the Canadian embassy,  Lani manages all aspects of the Catalyst / POEA relationship.  Given fluent tagalog skills and a hands-on collaborative work style, lani scores will with both employers and workers needing expert and patient support of recruitment, immigration and onboarding requirements.   Lani is based in our Hamilton, Bermuda office.

Lani holds a Masters Degree and is actively involved with her local church family and loves living and working in Bermuda.   

Tele:    441 295 5533 xt 333

Email: [email protected]

Barbara R Tannock 

Managing Director 

Barbara serves as Managing Director of the Group which offers a range of immigration, business consultancy and labour resourcing services.    As the lead Immigration Consultant, Barbara manages a portfolio of clients providing work permit, PRC and status application processing services.    Her practice expands to include full HR  & Talent Development and Management / Measurement, policy development and training.   Given a finance background, Barbara routinely provides strategic business and business valuation counsel to client companies.

Barbara holds a Masters of (Hons) Business Administration, Finance from Drexel University (1992), Philadelphia and a BBA, International Finance / Marketing from Temple University, also in Philadelphia (1991). Barbara later qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 2000.    Prior to forming The Catalyst Group, Barbara enjoyed a number of progressively senior roles within the banking and investments sectors in Bermuda and abroad, the most recent as Senior Vice President of Clarien ​Bank, formerly Capital G Bank, responsible for a $1B private banking / trust book of business and 24 professional staff.   Barbara volunteers with a number of different charities, and is a Trustee of the Vernon Temple AME Church. 

 Barbara recently began law studies at the University of Law, London, England and favors a future in immigration and/or family law.   In her spare time, Barbara enjoys reading and spending time with her children, law student Ryley (22) and Jada Eden (12).   Barbara makes her home in Southampton. Bermuda. 

Tele:       441 295 5533 xt 555

Email:     [email protected] 

Surlena Smith 

Client Services Officer 

With a varied administrative background, Surlena handles a bespoke portfolio of our construction clients.   Administratively driven with excellent client service skills, Surlena delivers a true nuts to bolts execution experience.     Advertising, interviewing, application collation to direct interface with the Department of Immigration.  Has close to 20 years experience in financial services and as a retirement consultant, and most recently has worked in her own business, so she knows first hand the importance of proper resourcing!   Talk to Surlena about the needs of administration for your non Bermudian work population. 

US born and married to a Bermudian, and mother to a teenager, Surlena makes her home in Spanish Point, Pembroke. 

Surlena is based in our Hamilton, Bermuda office.

Tele:       441 295 5533 xt 303

Email:    [email protected]


Client Services Officer / Consultant

Holding almost 15 years experience in the deployment and management of migrating workers, Ryan holds a trades portfolio and is responsible for all elements of recruitment,  POEA / OEC and exit processing.   Further responsible for full concierge / travel support.  Given an accoounting background, Ryan broadly provides the  administrative and accounting functions of the company.   

Joanne Horton 

Business Development Manager / Consultant