The International Community

Expert on The International Community in The Netherlands


    • Project Manager for the move and reorganisation of >200 senior Corporate Centre positions from London & Houston to The Hague leading to the creation of a single Headquarters for the Shell Group (including schooling, housing, office space, internal & external communication, City council, Government agencies and external service providers)
    • Similar but smaller exercise for Fonterra into Amsterdam
    • Chair of ACCESS for 10 years, a non-profit foundation staffed by international volunteers whose mission is to provide information and support to the international community in The Netherlands, working closely with national government and city municipalities
    • Member of various Dutch/International Community Foundation (Stichting) Boards, including:
      • Vice-Chair The Hague International Spirit aimed at making local businessmen, women and entrepreneurs more aware of the international market in Greater The Hague and the business opportunities available upon improving their range and especially the standard of services (hospitality)
      • Board member Panorama Haaglanden: business networking supported by The Hague Chamber of Commerce
      • Board member Backershagen: provision of Dutch-language education outside of the Netherlands, including running of schools/streams in schools in UK, Oman, Dubai, Davos
      • Member of Club of The Hague, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration Foundation: membership and advice on the role of business within migration & refugees
      • Initiator of the Foundation The International Community Platform: a grouping of International Organisations, UN and European Organisations in the public sector, Ambassadors and Municipalities and large commercial companies in the private sector who employ internationals, aimed at improving the working and living standards of their international employees in the Netherlands
  • Fluent in Dutch & English, intermediate knowledge of Russian

Previous examples

      • Advice to local government on improvement to services to become truly international (through both ACCESS Chair role and business role moving internationals into the Netherlands)
      • Counselling & advice to local business people on launching of services & products to the international community
      • Facilitation of the inaugural and later yearly International Community Platform (ICP) ‘Captains Conferences’ at Royal Dutch Shell, The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Criminal Court (ICC)
      • Designed & presented THIS Masterclass on Hospitality and how different cultural expectations can be managed for Dutch businessmen, women & entrepreneurs
      • Presented launch of ‘Great Expatations’ film and discussion in the Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag
      • Advised Kazakhstan on opening its first expat centre in Nur-Sultan


      • Consultancy & advice to businesses & business entrepreneurs about the international market
      • Consultancy & advice to local & national Governmental institutions & service providers on the international market
      • Cultural training on differences & expectations of internationals compared with the Dutch
      • Chair, facilitator, interviewer & master of ceremonies for meetings, presentations, workshops & conferences where the international and local Dutch communities & interests come together