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About Thriving Abroad

At Thriving Abroad we understand that international relocation can be challenging for today’s expat couples and families. We know that it’s not easy to balance the well-being and careers of both partners when global mobility is thrown into the mix.

But we also know that, by addressing certain issues throughout the relocation process, an international relocation can be transformed from an expat experience that fails or is merely survived to one that can be empowering and transformative for the lives and careers of both partners.

That’s why our expat coaching and training programmes focus on:

  • Creating a foundation that sets you up for success.  We help you to make informed decisions that rely on real information, not assumptions; decisions that are realistic about the challenges that an international move might entail.
  • Making the early days of the assignment as straightforward as possible.  We help you to avoid the emotional and practical pitfalls of leaving your home country and arriving in your new one that can make the transition even more stressful than it already is.
  • Ensuring that the experience benefits both partners. If you’re an expat partner, we help you to work out what you can do to further your own growth and personal development whilst abroad (whether or not you can work) so that you don’t feel as if your experience is simply marking time.

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About Our Team

Evelyn Simpson

I’m Scottish and was an expat for 26 years, living in the US (twice), Hong Kong, Zurich, Shanghai and Brussels.  My early expat years were driven by my drive for adventure and my career as an investment banker.  By the time my husband and I had our first daughter, I was ready to put banking aside and try something new but multiple moves and a young family meant that I struggled to find the right thing.

So I volunteered, I studied, I even became a yoga teacher. But, much as I enjoyed those things, none of them was really what I wanted to do.

Eventually, I realised that what I consistently enjoyed and felt motivated by was helping other expats in their transition to expat life. So I trained as a coach in 2010 and ran my own coaching practice before Louise and I set up Thriving Abroad in 2013.

Last year, I repatriated to my native Scotland with my Aussie husband, and two children (none of whom have lived there before).  We’ve settled in and have even found our own community of third-culture people, just so we don’t have to put our expat days behind us!

My favourite quote and one that’s become my ethos for life is by the Canadian Ice Hockey legend Wayne Gretsky.  He said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!”

I received my MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and my undergraduate degree in Economics and Law from the University of Edinburgh. I trained as a coach through Coach U  and I’m a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Louise Wiles

I’m British but have spent the majority of the last 18 years living in Spain and Portugal. In August 2014 I moved “home” with my family and experienced the truth of the statement that moving away and living abroad “will change you forever.” However, it is a change I will never regret and my life abroad has most definitely been enriching.

My first relocation abroad took me away from a corporate career and led me to understand first-hand the challenges faced by dual career couples. Whose career does win? Hopefully both, but sometimes some rethinking and reinvention has to happen first and that was certainly true for me. How you define “career” is also open for debate, THRIVE can help you with that.

Now I look back and see opportunity and wish I had someone with those eyes guiding me then. Six moves, two children, a TEFL qualification, a teaching job, a psychology degree, a Masters, a coaching qualification, several voluntary roles and two businesses later I feel as though I have finally “got there” from a career perspective.

My goal is to help expats create expat lives that they love. In designing, developing and delivering programmes for Thriving Abroad I utilize my experience and talents as a personal development and coaching professional to guide expats through the challenges of relocation and support them as they define and create their new lives abroad. I look forward to helping you to create yours.

I hold a MSc in Occupational Psychology from Leicester University, a BA (Hons) in Economic History from Exeter University, a Diploma in Performance Coaching from the Coaching Academy and I am Strengths Practitioner certified by Centre of Applied Psychology, a Member of the Association for Coaching and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Louise and Evelyn are also co-authors of the EMMA-nominated “Career Choice and the Accompanying Partner Survey Report” and speak regularly to audiences of expatriates and human resources professionals.