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.

We have an amazing team who bring many years of both in-house and consulting experience and our focus is on making your Global Mobility function better and helping you develop your Global Mobility skills and expertise.

Our aim is quite simple – to advance global mobility by setting standards, promoting best practice and facilitating a supportive community for international members to learn, connect and share.

If you want to get in contact to learn more about us then drop us an email at admin@expat-academy.com.

Our team

Emma Holder


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


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.

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 industries 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.

Laura Mayo

Corporate Membership Manager

Laura brings with her more than 20 years’ account management experience. Over the last eight years she has worked closely with global mobility specialists from a wide range of industries. In particular, her work has focussed on intercultural training and broader corporate training for HR professionals. Laura manages all aspects of Expat Academy’s Corporate Membership.

Caroline Rowe

Account 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 needs of our members.

Tony Miller

Relationship Manager

Tony 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.

Catherine Klein


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.

Astrid Hunton


Astrid has over 15 years of experience in marketing. She has worked in a variety of marketing and communication positions covering a broad range of industries such as retail, financial services and design agency. Astrid supports the Expat Academy team in an administration and marketing role.

Chloe Hilsley

Team Administrator

Chloe brings with her a background in customer service and looks after all aspsects of the team's administration including overseeing event bookings and logistics and managing the CRM database.

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