We’re a team of French and English bilingual relocation specialists who are proud to call France home
French Connections HCB strive to provide the most reliable and efficient relocation and admin services, without compromising on quality. We also aim to prove our expertise, fair prices and customer care, so that we continue our business relationship for many years, beyond the first service we complete.
Meet The Team
Depending on what you need help with, you’ll meet one or more of our friendly team on a phone call, a video chat or in person. Here’s a little bit about each of us, just so you can put a face to the name.
Richard has his own portfolio of businesses and properties in France and has assisted many families in settling here, both in terms of setting up businesses and buying or renting houses. Richard was born and grew up in the Gers and knows the processes inside out. His own personal experience is a great plus when it comes to helping you navigate administrative complexities or negotiate with estate agents. Richard has also built a strong team of trusted partners around him, including builders, renovation experts, pool companies, quantity surveyors, notaries, bank managers and insurance brokers. That means he can offer the very best and most competitive services to all French Connections HCB clients.
Melanie is a French national who has lived and worked in the UK, New Zealand, China and Switzerland. She has a Double Masters degree in oenology, which means she can talk to you knowledgeably about all the different areas of France, their climate, their landscape and particularly their wines! Melanie is fully bilingual and understands the way things run in France, so she’s the perfect person to advise and guide you.
Diana has spent the past 15 years assisting families from over 80 nationalities to minimise the stress of relocating to a new country. During her career, she has lived in 6 different countries on 3 continents where she didn’t always speak the local language, so she really understands what it’s like to take the plunge abroad! Settled in France for the past 12 years and fluent in both English and French, Diana has a BA in English literature and a Double Masters in Business and Project Management. Diana is perfectly placed to guide you through every aspect of French administration including what type of visa or residency status you need.
Simon first qualified as a Financial Advisor in the UK in 1991 and has been giving cross-border financial advice to British clients in France for the last 18 years. During this time, he has built up considerable knowledge of tax efficient French investments and inheritance planning. In 2018, Simon achieved the Chartered Insurance Institute Financial Advisers Certificate and in addition passed the CII Mortgage Advice and Equity Release exams, thus holds the latest UK financial planning qualifications. He also holds the French Insurance Qualification IAS Niveau 1. Clients always comment on Simon’s approach to financial planning, where his calm and professional demeanour gives them confidence in his advice. His understanding of the French financial system makes him an essential person to consult when considering your financial future in France.
Laurie is our behind-the-scenes hero. She is an expert at pushing the French administrative institutions to complete documents and give approvals faster, so our customers receive everything they need as efficiently as possible. After graduating in International Trade at the University of Aix en Provence, Laurie travelled extensively for work and pleasure, allowing her to discover new cultures and hone her language skills. Her positive ‘can do’ attitude and well-organised diary makes her a fantastic bilingual team leader who goes the extra mile to help every one of our clients settle successfully in France. Laurie is also a specialist in every aspect of vehicle purchase and registration, including classic cars, so she's a useful person to know!
Charlotte is the lynchpin of our admin team, equally at home helping clients with their visa, carte vitale, driver's licence or setting up a micro-entreprise. She puts her understanding of both sides of the fence down to having lived and studied in France, North America and the UK. Her father was a diplomat which meant that the family frequently changed country, so Charlotte has hands-on personal experience of the hassles you can sometimes face when moving abroad. As a student, Charlotte studied International and European Law in France, followed by a Masters in International Relations in London, so she is perfectly equipped to deal with French authorities and handles complex administrative processes with ease. Settled in her beloved France, she particularly appreciates that there is always something new to discover here - beaches, snowy mountains, countryside - without having to travel a great distance.
Juliette grew up in Bordeaux where she was inspired from a very young age by its architecture and history. Building styles and trends have always intrigued her, so she's a natural fit to lead our property research team on behalf of clients looking for their dream home. If you are looking for a property to buy or rent, Juliette will be your eyes and ears on the ground and will focus all her skills in finding your perfect home. When you are ready to visit, she will line up appointments and can accompany you in person or via video link if required. There is another practical side to Juliette that comes in very handy: she can see beyond the existing structure of a building towards the possibilities it holds, which makes her uniquely qualified to advise you. A talented painter and graphic artist, Juliette also offers to re-look any one room free of charge in the property you buy.