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Simon Hilton, Foreign Exchange Specialist

Posted by: Jamie on Friday January 06, 2012 (03:35:40)
Simon Hilton
Simon Hilton is a senior foreign exchange consultant at World First specialising in assisting private clients and companies with their foreign exchange transactions. Simon is authorised by the FSA to offer foreign currency options.

To contact Simon directly for currency transfer information or a no-obligation quote please click here.

Expat Focus: Simon, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to work for World First?

I have a BA hons degree from the University of Reading in History and Politics and joined the company in 2006. I have since undertaken regulatory exams and obtained FSA approval to advise our clients on hedging their foreign exchange risk.

Expat Focus: What services does World First offer and what is your own role?

World First offers a foreign exchange service for currency transfers as well as a range of foreign exchange products. Clients can purchase currency at ‘spot’ (for an immediate transfer) as well as being able to fix the exchange rate for up to 2 years in advance with a forward contract.   more ...


Lenox Napier, AULAN

Posted by: Jamie on Friday January 06, 2012 (03:32:21)
Lenox Napier
Lenox Napier moved to Spain as a teenager and has spent most of his life there. He is involved with AULAN (www.aulan.es), an organisation which supports small property owners in Spain by fighting corruption and injustice, including the infamous 'land-grab' of recent times.

Expat Focus: Lenox, can you tell us a bit about your background before you became an expat?

Lenox Napier: I've never been very happy with the word 'expat' (it sounds like I used to be a 'pat'). My parents moved here from Norfolk UK in 1967 when I was thirteen. They bought a house for the usual ten pounds. I continued in school (Latin, beatings, uniforms, cold showers) in England during the term-times and drinking, smoking, dreaming about women, zipping around on a moped and staying up all night (holiday-times in Spain). Eventually, I persuaded my parents that they didn't teach Spanish at my school and that I should move to an international school in Spain. So, at seventeen, I went to one in Seville (where you could smoke, drink, whizz around on your moped and move from theory into practice regarding women). I’ve never been back to England.   more ...


David Mundstock, Intrepid Berkeley Explorer

Posted by: Jamie on Friday January 06, 2012 (03:27:11)
David Mundstock
David Mundstock (username "IntrepBerkExplorer") is a regular contributor to the Expat Focus forums where he keeps us up to date with his latest adventures around the world. In this interview we get to know David a little better and discover what inspired him not only to travel but also to document his experiences for others.

Expat Focus: David, can you tell us something about your background?

My parents were both born in Europe, so I grew up knowing there was much more to the world than San Francisco.

Expat Focus: What was the inspiration which led you to travel the world and share your experiences with others?

Cinerama movies from the 1950s are my earliest memories of seeing wonderful places that I hoped to visit some day. Other movies filmed on location provided similar incentives in later decades.   more ...


Alan Langstone, US Realtor - The Langstone Team

Posted by: Jamie on Friday January 06, 2012 (03:22:38)
Alan Langstone
Expat Focus: Alan, can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds?

I was born in Buckinghamshire to London civil engineering commuter parents. I have lived in Wilshire, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire before moving to the USA in 2007. My general working background has been in Civil Earthworks Engineering and Construction with a high Safety, Quality and Environmental focus.

My wife was born in Hong Kong, Her father was a senior Chemical Engineer for petrochemical company based at the time in Hong Kong. She has lived in Chicago, Illinois, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Switzerland and Bahrain before settling in South Carolina.

We have between us 4 wonderful children ranging in ages from 6 to 15.   more ...


Andrea Martins, ExpatWomen.com

Posted by: Jamie on Friday January 06, 2012 (02:06:21)
Andrea Martins
Expat Focus: Andrea, can you tell us a bit about your background and what prompted you to start ExpatWomen.com?

Andrea Martins: I started working on ExpatWomen.com with my American friend Jill Lengré when we were both living in Mexico City three years ago. Jill and I had a combined 20 years of experience abroad and saw a real need for an online community that aimed to connect and inspire expat women on a global scale. One year later, we launched ExpatWomen.com – a motivational community that shares expat women success stories, entrepreneurial ideas, expat confessions, blogs, real-life stories, interviews, articles and much more.

Prior to ExpatWomen.com, I was on the trailing spouse circuit. I scored some work with multinationals and the Australian Embassy in Indonesia and then played mum for four years in Mexico. Before going abroad, I worked in strategic human resources, workplace diversity and project coordination – nothing to do with the internet.   more ...

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