Global Mobility can be a lonely industry and there has never been a greater need for Global Mobility professionals to learn, connect and share as they have battled through the challenges of climate change, a global pandemic, train strikes, political unrest and war.
Since the start of the 2022, Expat Academy has entered a period of exponential growth. Each week we are welcoming new members to the Expat Academy community and we are thrilled that our networks are bustling with new members, bringing with them fresh ideas, perspectives, and challenges for us to get our teeth into and collaboratively solve.
We’ve now 216 member companies, which equates to literally thousands of Global Mobility professionals getting together regularly with our wonderful facilitators at our live and virtual events.
As a result the Expat Academy team has been growing to keep up with the demands of such a lively membership community.Our newest team members include:
Greg Smith is the Head of Client Services for our Symposium Network. He has a wealth of in-house Global Mobility experience spanning aerospace and defence, education, and tobacco sectors. His most recent role was leading the European region for Lockheed Martin’s global mobility activities, designing and implementing their EU Posted Worker compliance.
Greg has already demonstrated a creative flair when summarising the latest technical trends and questions from the Symposium members into the “Expat Academy Round up” and he is steadily building the tools and templates we have available in the Expat Academy Vault.
Outside of work Greg is married with two crazy kids, a one-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, and a cat who turned out to be the biggest breed of domestic cat in the world. Greg likes wine, watches, cars, and unfortunately for him, supports Southampton FC.
Chris Blair is the Head of Client Services for our Club 100 Network. He’s worked in Mobility for many years spanning intra UK, EMEA, APAC and Americas moves for Aviva as well as being responsible for fundamental change and development of the team and it’s processes. Prior to that he’s held roles as a HR generalist, following 8 Years of being a Youth Worker with The Salvation Army.
Chris has dived straight into the data analytics which drive the development of services available to Expat Academy members andhis focus is on the upcoming European and US Superhuddles.
He has a wonderful family of 5 Kids (4 girls and a boy), a cockapoo called Oreo and his partner Abbie who ensures he at least tries to eat healthy. In between spending time with the family and work, he enjoys playing in a band, supporting Liverpool FC and completing house DIY projects.
Cass Machaka jis the Account Manager for our Club 100 Network and comes from a background of retail and events management.
She helps Global Mobility professionals stay abreast of current trends and helps them get the most out of their Expat Academy membership, whether that is pointing them to valuable content in the Expat Academy Vault or recommending specific events for members to attend.
In Cass’s spare time, she enjoys reading, walking in nature and believes in living life through a positive mindset.
Sugi Thatcroos is the Account Manager for our Symposium Network and comes from a background in the Cyber Security Sector. Sugi actively introduces the Symposium Network members and encourages the use of the anonymous Expat Academy benchmarking service In his spare time, Sugi enjoys trying new foods and creating music with friends.
They collectively bring a wealth of experience and amazing enthusiasm to our wonderful industry and they look forward to catching up with you all soon.