FOCUS is a unique community for expats and international professionals living in the UK. Our multinational team share their first-hand knowledge on all aspects of living and working here. Members gain access to essential information, events and seminars and dual career programmes. Operating as a non-profit organisation, we are proud to have been supporting expats for over 35 years. We hope to see you soon at our office in Central London.

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As an American in Britain, over the years I’ve been reminded frequently of the famous saying that Brits and Americans are two people separated by a common language. But what about other nationalities trying to decipher not just what’s being said here but also what’s being done and why? When Victoria Rennoldson of Perfect Cuppa suggested the topic for this issue’s lead article, we jumped at the chance for her to answer some of the most commonly asked questions from our members over the years about life, language and navigating customs in Britain. We hope you enjoy her light-hearted look at some possibly mystifying aspects of life in the UK.

Tis autumn issue marks the end of one era at FOCUS and the start of a new one with our Executive Director Alessandra Gnudi leaving FOCUS after 18 momentous years. Alessandra joined in 2001 as Director of Marketing and served as Deputy Executive Director for 10 years before taking the top slot. During her tenure she has worked with countless people from all over the world who have made their home in the UK. I’ve personally enjoyed working with her on each issue over the last two years. We’ve all benefitted from her warm, thoughtful approach and personal touch in helping FOCUS grow in every aspect during her time here. Tat the FOCUS team is very much a family is down to her strong leadership and dedication to us and we all wish her well in her new role. In the next issue I look forward to introducing our new Executive Director Gael Panhelleux.

Speaking of new starts, if you’re new to the UK and to London, our article on page 10 will help you get started establishing a fitness routine while our Health & Well-being article on page 24 will help you start reducing the amount of plastic in your life. Our contributor Sue Belton discusses making a start in pursuing your life goals in the Career section on page 5 and our Education article this issue is all about making the right choice for your small children to ensure they get the best start in life.

As usual there’s much more to read. I especially loved the look at rise of female superheroes and their impact on this generation of girls on page 22. Somehow we’ve also managed to fit in a packed schedule of Events & Seminars for our members. Make sure to check it out and sign up soon. We look forward to seeing you.

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Executive Director Gael Panhelleux

Director of Business Development Stephanie Vogel

Director of Membership Alexandra Casanova

Director of Finance Irene Kuan

Director of Marketing Jaspreet Grewal

Director of Events & Seminars Maria Renzi

Director of Resources Paola Longobardi

Career Development Consultant Denise Donoghue

Career Coaches Satu Kreula Geraldine McKendrick Vincent Pizzoni Karin Mueller Debbie Fisher

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Editor Francine Bosco

Assistant Editor Naeemah Miah

Art Director Rebecca Hunt-Davis

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