In our series of articles about expat life, we’ve asked Lucille Abendanon, a freelance writer, 15-year expat and mother of three children (all born in different countries) to help us articulate the unique challenges of being an expat parent. Lucille is a British expat currently living in the Netherlands, and has previously lived in Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey and South Africa. Professionally, Lucille is a copywriter who focusses on travel and property. She runs the website Expitterpattica.com, posting on the blog on a range of expat topics, including expat parenting and children’s issues. Via this blog, she has guest posted on HuffPo, Global Living and a number of expat blogs and other sites.
With 30 years’ experience in the UK healthcare arena (both public and private), Eugene provides thought leadership for AXA and is our mental health lead. Media writer, blogger and tweeter, and a key figure in Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) industry. He regularly provides health and wellbeing consultancy and training services to major employers around the world, including stress, resilience, work life balance, policy development, crisis management and business continuity. Away from work Eugene volunteers as an instructor, coach and instructor trainer for the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and has conducted thousands of dives including very deep technical diving expeditions.
Georgina holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Human Nutrition, specialising in nutrition for exercise and performance. Georgina is a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) through the Association for Nutrition and a qualified fitness instructor with a strong passion in helping people make sustainable lifestyle changes to positively impact health and wellbeing. In her professional career at AXA, Georgina works as a Programme Lead Physiologist, delivering and implementing wellbeing strategies designed to help people improve their health.
Tom holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Tom is also a qualified Sports Nutritionist and Mental Health First Aider. Before moving into health and wellbeing Tom has worked within elite sport and the public sector and he has now been with AXA for just over 2 years. Tom believes the key to health and wellbeing is ensuring enjoyment in what you are doing and continuously doing the small every day actions/habits which are ultimately, the most meaningful.