In this huddle, we have discussed the views and challenges on streamlining, sustainability and survival for Global Mobility. It is interesting to hear other companies views on this, what challenges they are facing and most importantly the steps from the companies to overcome the challenges. We also discussed the importance to maintain the client and vendor relationship for an effective business partnering where we have joked this is like a “marriage” partnering. Great updates on the APAC immigration, very informative and what’s to look out in 2023. Also, great to have Uber sharing their business’ talent mobility strategy with us.
This is really great to have people from different companies, industries to share their experience and knowledge. It is very insightful and some great tips were shared which may be applied in my company's business and operations. It is also interesting to learn the technologies of each company is using where I can leverage on the experience they have to apply for RFP in future.
Irene Lim, Wood plc 16th November 2022
I had a client meeting this morning on exactly this topic, and I am so glad I read this article beforehand. It made for some great thought provoking discussions and made my client think about things she needs to review internally. I felt confident speaking on the impact of Covid as we recover and emerge in new ways, and I felt credible in the topic. Some nice short, sharp areas for me to easily remember for future client discussions.
Suzie Provan, Santa Fe Relocation 15th June 2022
MyGMPD is truly amazing and helpful platform. Being relatively new to the Global Mobility, all the materials, articles, webinars really help me firstly reconfirm the basic understanding I already have, reassure me I am on the right track, but also learn so many more new things, benefit from other companies’ and countries’ experience, and keep on top of the latest trends. It is great to know that time and effort I put in my personal development will be recognized and rewarded. The GMPD team is extremely helpful and attentive, which puts me at ease to ask questions or help.
Petya Pavlova, ERM 7th June 2022
I have recently joined the MyGMPD programme through my employer, ECA International. For any GM professional it is a superb one-stop learning resource to deepen their knowledge of all the latest Global Mobility news and hot topics. I have been enjoying reflecting on my learning using the Learning Logs and it is a great way to show my own CPD by gaining points towards an accreditation. Being able to attend virtual events is also a bonus! I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to keep their global mobility skills and knowledge fresh and up to date and who wishes to engage with a wider GM community beyond their own workplace.
Francine Smith, ECA International 6th June 2022
Being part of the GMPD programme has enabled me to increase my knowledge in the Global Mobility arena, grow my career and hugely expand my network of contacts, some of whom have become real friends. The accreditation process was easy to manage and the information available has been invaluable in my daily work life.
Karen Fendley, Syniti 17th February 2022
As someone who has worked in the Global Mobility field for nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing to have access to a programme where I can continue to enhance and improve my understanding of the most up to date technical issues and legislative updates. MyGMPD is my go to place for learning and development.
Kate Low, GKN Aerospace 16th February 2022
I often referred to the benchmarking tool in the first months of my new role. There is a wealth of knowledge on all Global Mobility topics. When the topic I was researching was not previously discussed I posted a question out to the network. The network responses were very helpful and reassured me I was on the right track. I recommend to all GM professionals to refer to the benchmarking tool when managing first time or complicated queries regarding international mobility.
Lindsay Clark, Ashurst 3rd February 2022
The Expat Academy team made great work in turning its events into virtual events during the pandemic which has helped more people to attend and participate. I cross my fingers hard for the world to come back to the norm so that we can attend your live events soon.
Ludovic Sejmowski, Just Eat 1st February 2022
The best thing about the Expat Academy membership is the community, everyone is very willing and able to help and support - it’s such a great resource to be able to tap in to. I really love the benchmarking service, we can submit a question and get responses from a huge range of companies which we can then feed into our policy development, our decision making and our negotiations with the business and it helps us to be competitive.
Fiona Shaw, UnitedHealth Group 27th January 2022
It’s allows us to engage with Expat Academy’s membership base. The benefits to us are immense.
Andy Kelly, BDO 25th January 2022
It’s been incredibly valuable for meeting people and exchanging ideas. It’s a real community.
Ben Sheldrick, Magrath Sheldrick LLP 25th January 2022
Expat Academy brings together vendors and corporates really nicely. I’ve been to other events where’s it’s a them an us. At Expat Academy events, people mix and everyone get along as equals.
Tom Crosby, Tracker Software Technologies 25th January 2022
Expat Academy are really different. You really feel part of the events. They really bring people together and it’s great to make the connections.
David McAlister, Global Expat Pay 25th January 2022
Expat Academy really is a fantastic community, offering an opportunity to meet with fellow GM professionals and discuss the emerging trends. There are always little nuggets of information after an event that can be taken back to the wider team. Also, a big thanks to for all of Expat Academy’s support over the past 12 + months as we have navigated Covid-19!
Will Scrupps, Imperial Brands 7th October 2021
What a fantastic day! It was so brilliant to be able to connect face to face with people again and catch up with contacts after far too long. It was really interesting to hear about the challenges that other organisations are currently facing, and also reassuring to know that we are not alone in our struggles. I found the round the world updates really useful and it resonated with me that although we might be in different locations, our struggles are similar!
Kate Low, GKN Aerospace 27th September 2021
Thank you for a fantastic APAC huddle. It was a really well thought out agenda, with a great mix of interesting topical areas presented and lots of opportunity to discuss. Another great opportunity to share ideas, make new contacts/expand network in the region and of course that reassurance that there are other people out there facing similar challenges. I always come away from an Expat Academy event thinking my time has been really well spent!
Beth Griffiths, Global Mobility Professional 9th March 2021
Joining the community of Expat Academy was one of our Global Mobility triumphs. Opening our awareness and understanding across the policy and technical aspects has been invaluable, and having the opportunity to engage both within Higher Education and across sectors for best practice has really enhanced our contribution as global mobility practitioners. Expat Academy colleagues have become team mates in our ambitious agenda to get a handle on global mobility.
More than this though, you cannot underestimate how membership of Expat Academy has developed our network of colleagues and friends within the global mobility community, right around the world, doors have opened providing support and guidance, not only related to global mobility but across HR practice. It’s practical, exciting, engaging and fun. I have valued this for my team, and for myself personally, as I have had the opportunity to further develop my own understanding and knowledge, and appreciated the opportunity to achieve the MyGMPD accreditation earlier this year.
Brunel University 16th November 2020
The Expat Academy membership is truly valuable. It gives a great opportunity to keep learning, staying connected with peers and listening to insights as well as trends - particularly during these challenging times.
Alexandra Oeda, Pearson 19th October 2020
I would just like to say that the Expat Academy team, collectively have been phenomenal throughout this Covid-19 pandemic! You have taken the time to reach out to everyone and have been so supportive. As most Global Mobility professionals are not necessarily in touch with those in other companies directly, it is certainly a time that we need to be in order to share knowledge as we are all going through similar challenges. Whilst we ‘can’ connect via other organisations and forums, I feel most Global Mobility professionals are far more comfortable doing so through Expat Academy in the various ways that you have available. In-house Global Mobility teams really need help right now as we are being asked to provide instant updates and solutions to the business, however as the challenges are new and unprecedented, it is a time that we are heavily reliant on our peers and you at Expat Academy are the gateway in allowing this to happen… not only are you sharing your own advice but are also connecting us to others in the industry. You really are the ‘enabler’ and I personally cannot thank you enough for all the support you have provided.
Khadeeja Islam, Aggreko 28th May 2020
An excellent range of relevant topics pitched at the right level. Have taken away a few golden nuggets so a day we’ll spent!!
Sonal Wadher, Tesco 16th March 2020
A very insightful and helpful day out of the office for me, which will also benefit my team. Great to build connections and network, and catch up with old friends.
Gill Paulley, Arup 27th January 2020
These events always help me to tune into current trends, and to see what our priorities should be in the coming year. Also, these events motivate and inspire me, so I go back to the office with a fresh perspective and reminder why I love my job.
Chloe Freedman, Brambles 27th January 2020
Real opportunity to hear and learn from other GM professionals and companies.
Graham Stapleton, Investec 16th December 2019
We love the networking opportunities and also how much information you pack into one day. Always perfectly organised and we always come away with some tips and insightful learnings.
Emma Balogun, Electronic Arts 16th December 2019
Being able to share best practice with other Global Mobility professionals is key - why re-invent the wheel when it’s already there. Insight into compliance is much appreciated and helpful. Thank you for the opportunity to participate!
Ditte Riis, RHI Magnesita 14th October 2019
Keeping up to date on current GM trends and issues is critical for a successful GM program. It ensures we can work in true partnership with the business, talent, and HR to add real value.
Lucy Chittenden, Aon 17th June 2019
It’s always valuable to keep on top of new trends but the networking part where you can share practices is also something I find incredibly useful.
Ariane de Wilde, Qinetiq 17th June 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed the huddle in London, I learnt so much and made some great notes. I’m relatively new to GM and I came away from the huddle feeling inspired and confident that I’m on the right track.
Hazel Liebscher, Cundall 22nd May 2019
No matter how well you think you have mobility covered someone in the room will have looked at it from an angle that you haven’t – sometimes, just sometimes, that fresh perspective is priceless. You can't ask for more than this. I’ve been to many networking events in my career and the level of sharing in this group is off the chart!
James Watts, DNV GL 15th May 2019
"I started working with Expat Academy in my role as Head of Global Mobility at Arup when I first came to the UK in 2015. I was amazed by the value of this membership. As well as offering the perfect networking platform and dozens of free training courses the membership gives access to their 'Vault' which contains every kind of policy template, assignment letter etc, ever written which you are free to use, copy and get inspired by. The team working at the Expat Academy have years of experience in different Global Mobility roles. I highly recommend a membership for you and your team. I started last year in a new role and immediately set up a new membership".
Mark Derksen, Getir 25th March 2019
Great event in which expertise that is relevant for mobility and HR-managers is combined with enough opportunity to meet your peers and to network with them.
Robin Schalekamp, BDO Accountants & Belastingadviseurs B.V. 28th January 2019
An ideal opportunity to look externally and gain insight into other organisation's GM agenda. To be able to bring business related challenges to discuss with like-minded people and professional experts is priceless.
Donna Casement, Nestle 22nd January 2019
An excellent opportunity to meet peers and keep up to date on topical issues relevant to the industry. The huddles are really informal and you are made to feel comfortable to add to the discussions and be involved.
Mel O'Hara, Aviva 22nd January 2019