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Interviews > 2013


Casey Bahr, American expat blogger in Costa Rica

Posted by: Jamie on Monday October 21, 2013 (21:50:03)

Casey's blog: adullroar.blogspot.com
Casey's Expat Focus column: www.expatfocus.com/casey-bahr
See below for interview transcript.   more ...


Oliver Heslop, UK Tax Specialist, Global Expatriate Tax Services Ltd

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday August 01, 2013 (22:14:57)
Oliver Heslop
Oliver Heslop is a highly experienced UK tax specialist dealing with expatriate cross border issues and is the official Expat Focus UK Taxation partner. In this interview we learn more about Oliver's background and experience and the services he can offer to British expats abroad and foreign nationals in the UK.

Oliver, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to join GETS?

I had my tax training in 1995 with Andersens then Deloitte in expatriate tax work. Before GETS, most recently I was as tax partner with Shipleys LLP in London. They specialise in media and I even helped a British ITV producer with UK/Australian tax problems.   more ...


Rob Noble-Warren, Director Independence Wealth Management Ltd

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday April 04, 2013 (12:48:47)
Rob Noble-Warren
Rob, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. What services does Independence Wealth Management offer?

Independence take care of cross-border clients with a UK connection by helping them get the most from their money. We provide a combined asset management and tax annual service, with separate briefing courses. Our courses brief people on what they need to know to make good long term financial decisions. My background is:- grew up in Africa; Royal Air Force; engineering degree; transition to finance, and professional qualifications in tax, investments, and planning in US and UK; currently CEO at Independence.   more ...


Ruth Benny, Founder of Top Schools HK

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday March 05, 2013 (19:01:43)
Ruth Benny, 'Head Girl' of Top Schools HK
Ruth, what inspired you to set up Top Schools HK?

I saw a need! I saw parents stressing about getting their kids into kindergartens and primary schools and no-one to turn to for help. The system is very complicated and I saw parents getting themselves into a mess and making unnecessary mistakes and thought that I could do something about it.

What services does Top Schools HK offer?

We place children in international and private schools here in HK. We work both with expats who contact us once they are thinking of moving to HK and we work with parents already here for many years, or born here.   more ...


Edina Wong, Senior Director (Residential Leasing – Hong Kong) at Savills

Posted by: Carole on Thursday February 21, 2013 (02:07:33)
Edina Wong
Edina, can you tell us a bit about your background before joining Savills?

I started my Real Estate career in 1987 working with expatriates looking for homes in Hong Kong. At that time one of my major clients was Jardine Fleming Holding Ltd with approximately 150 leases. I joined FPD Savills in 1989 as a member of the Prestige Homes Division successfully selling high value residential homes. I worked closely with high net worth clients and major developers. In 1993 I was promoted to Associate Director before leaving the company to start a family. In 2000 I rejoined to head the Residential Leasing Department.   more ...


Angie O'Brien, Co Founder of PetRelocation

Posted by: Carole on Saturday February 16, 2013 (02:33:55)
Kevin and Angie O'Brien
Angie, what inspired you and your husband to set up PetRelocation?

My husband Kevin and I moved to Austin from San Francisco back in 2000, and after starting a small pet taxiing business I saw the potential for incredible growth in the pet industry. Having relocated with my own dog and cat and realizing how stressful an experience it can be, it only made sense to explore how we could make it easier for people to get their pets from point A to point b efficiently and safely. We now have over 30 employees and handle hundreds of corporate and personal moves each year. To see this initial idea grow into a global business has been incredible, and the best part is knowing we’ve helped so many families keep their pets with them when life throws a big change into the mix.   more ...

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