About us

 “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. J.B. Lippincott & Co

Well, Expat Academy have done exactly that, which is what makes us so uniquely different to any other network for Global Mobility professionals.

Emma and James Holder have over 40 years combined experience in Global Mobility management, they have built a great team of equally experienced Global Mobility professionals who have been in your position and have faced the challenges you face. Having experience as both in-house Global Mobility professionals and consultants, we have a 360 degree understanding of the industry.

We offer best in class technical training and networking opportunities for Global Mobility HR professionals…

Our team

Emma Holder

Director

Emma has spent over 20 years working in Global Mobility. She trained as a consultant at both Arthur Andersen and PwC and then moved to work in-house for Goldman Sachs and Diageo plc. She facilitates many cross-industry Global Mobility forums and is at the cutting edge of the latest trends and news in the Global Mobility Industry. Combining their expert knowledge, Emma and James established Expat Academy in 2010.

James Holder

Director

James has over 25 years of Global Mobility experience gained from both in-house and consultancy roles. He started his career with Arthur Andersen, specialising in international tax and HR. His in-house roles include EMEA lead at Goldman Sachs and Global Head of Mobility at both Diageo and BP.

James co-founded Expat Academy in 2010. He has a real passion for training and development.

Sharon Thorpe

Relationship Manager

Sharon has worked for Expat Academy since 2011 and has more than 20 years of broad HR experience. Before joining Expat Academy, she worked at JCDecaux and Williams Lea, where her client base was within the Financial Services Sector. Expat Academy partner with best-in class training partners and Sharon's role is to ensure we are always partnering with organisations who can add the most value to our members.

Carmel Keane

Head of Projects

Carmel has over 25 years Global Mobility experience gained from both in-house and consultancy roles with PwC. She has also been on short and long term overseas assignments.

She joined the Expat Academy in May 2017 and uses her Global Mobility background coupled with her organisational, project management and planning skills in her Head of Projects role.

Myrianthe Ewington

Head of Client Services

Myrianthe has more than 15 years’ experience in the Global Mobility industry, both in house and as a provider across a variety of industry's, from Banking through to Oil & Gas. Myrianthe aims to bring her GM knowledge and experience to ensure great content at the Training sessions, Bite Size briefings, Huddles and Conference and is keen to meet new members.

Caroline Rowe

Events and Office Manager

Caroline joined Expat Academy in January 2015 with a wealth of experience in Office Management and Administration. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, Caroline worked in recruitment and publicity both in the private and public sector. Caroline manages the day to day logisitics of Expat Academy Events.

Catherine Klein

Global Mobility Consultant

Catherine has a background in generalist Human Resources Management. She started her career on the Unilever Graduate programme, then moved to BarclaysCapital HR and after that to Goldman Sachs International for 11 years as an Employee Relations Advisor, HR Business Partner and Co-head of EMEA Global Mobility.

Gilly Plested

Global Mobility Consultant

Gilly has worked for over 20 years in Global Mobility with BT, Air Products plc and Telefonica. In these roles she has gained extensive experience of working in a global assignment team, managing relocation RFP’s, implementing new providers and designing assignment processes.

Georgiee Kemp

Marketing Manager

Georgiee graduated from UCLA Epsom with a fashion design degree in 2009 and went on to work as a freelance designer for companies including John Lewis & Betty Jackson. She joined the Expat Academy in 2011 and uses her creative flare to look after all the marketing and the Expat Academy website!

Tony Miller

Relationship Manager

Tony joined the Expat Academy team in January 2017 and brings with him more than 25 years of experience within Global Mobility from a supplier perspective. His previous consultative approach to business development allows him to understand both the GM requirement of the corporate as well as the capabilities of the available supply options.

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