Bite-Size Briefing – meet the speakers

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Our next Bite-Size Briefing is on Thursday 8th March and the speakers are confirmed.

What you will learn

There will be the usual slots dedicated to updating your knowledge on tax, immigration and employment law. This March briefing will also help improve your networking skills, give tips to improve the relocation experience of new talent, and show you how to use technology to increase assignee satisfaction and relieve some of the pressure on you.  The day will end with a panel session on the hot issue of equality, diversity and inclusion – a must-attend session for advice and insight to help your organisation address any imbalances.

Meet the speakers

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Andy Kelly – Director – Expatriate Tax Services, BDO – UK tax and social security update for internationally mobile employees including discussion on hot topics and other key global tax changes
Andy is a Partner in the BDO London Expatriate tax services group. He has been with BDO since 2005 and his main focus is advising companies and individuals on the cross-border tax and social security implications of international assignments, working closely with payroll, finance and HR functions. This assistance extends to the establishment of global assignment policies, structuring of individual assignments and remuneration packages and liaising with HMRC on individual and employer level issues. His client portfolio consists of corporations ranging from those with start-up overseas operations to established international businesses with sizeable expatriate populations.

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Andrew Wright, Learnlight – Boost your networking skills
Andrew Wright is one of Learnlight’s senior communication skills consultants.  He started his career as a producer and journalist for news radio and has won several prestigious awards for his broadcast work. Since 1997 he has run his own media and communications business, combining production of content for TV, radio and web with training corporates, public sector organisations and students in the art of interpersonal communication.

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Des McKell – Director, Business Development – “5 top tips to improve the relocation experience of new talent into your organisation
Des McKell represents Plus Relocation in EMEA, serving as a key player in the growth of the organization. He has over 25 years industry experience and uses a consultative approach to build loyal, long-term relationships with corporate mobility leaders and industry partners. Des strives to gain a deep understanding of each organisation’s culture, needs and current issues to deliver value led mobility insights and bespoke solutions for each future Plus client. Des is active in the EMEA global talent mobility community and a regular contributor and speaker at Expat Academy educational events.

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Gordon Walsh, Head of European Operations, Polaris – Driving assignee satisfaction through Global Mobility’s use of technology
An experienced IT and Global Mobility professional with over eight years experience of software and project implementations, Gordon is currently resident director and manager of the Polaris Global Mobility European office, headquartered in Dublin. His experience includes managing large scale, complex implementations and smooth on boarding and management of customers.

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Annabel Mace – Partner, Squire Patton Boggs – Employment Law challenges from current global hot spots
Annabel Mace leads the UK Business Immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs, which sits within the Labor & Employment Practice Group. She has more than 15 years’ experience in advising businesses across a range of sectors with in-depth expertise in the immigration and employment aspects of bringing staff to the UK. Annabel has a particular interest in the complex overlap between immigration and employment law, and regularly advises clients in relation to immigration compliance, the prevention of illegal working and defending Home Office sanctions.

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Ben Sheldrick, Managing Partner and Head of Business Immigration, Magrath Sheldrick LLP and Kerry Hough, Global Immigration Adviser, Magrath Sheldrick LLP – “Immigration”
Ben Sheldrick has been recognised for many years as a leading UK Immigration expert by the legal community.  Ben has acted as immigration counsel to many household name multinational companies and has worked for a number of major City institutions operating within the financial services sector in London. He has experience in strategic immigration planning for large organisations and assists international assignment departments and human resource managers in developing compliance and Legal Right to Work (“LRTW”) policies.

Expat Academy Bite-Size Briefing - meet the speakers Kerry specialises in the provision of bespoke global immigration advice to corporate and private clients. She has over 13 years of knowledge and experience in all aspects of global immigration, be it tourist travel related immigration matters, business travel matters or work and residence immigration advise. Kerry is also proficient with the gathering of and the preparation of immigration application packages for submission to the relevant global authority or government department.



Save your place

Our Bite-Size Briefings are exclusive to members and provide you with topical and practical updates and insights which can be translated into your own world and put into practice as soon as you get back to your desk. They are held three times a year – to save your place for March, and meet and chat with other global mobility professionals in the Expat Academy community, simply email the team.

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