The organizer of Ladies Who Lunch, Sally Hall, put together a three speaker presentation at the Holiday Inn in Salmiya. Informative for those who were British mainly, the speakers touched on financial planning for expats, British Embassy service, and British School of Kuwait academic programs.
For the newer British expats, well really for anyone looking for a bit more info on these subjects, this was a helpful evening. At the end of the seminar we had the opportunity to enjoy the delicious buffet, courtesy of Ladies Who Lunch and their sponsors, and the opportunity to network amongst the guests who attended.
Reece Fallaize from de Vere Group, spoke regarding retirement investments and strategies on pensions and related policies on when to collect pensions and so on. Addressing the UK policies only, it was limited to those with UK citizenship.
Caroline Le Quesne from the British Embassy, Kuwait was helpful in reminding expats to be prepared, know where your passports are, make sure they are always up to date and keep your civil id with you. Good advice for those of us less organized folks. Living overseas, especially when we’ve been here longer you may get complacent and forget about these necessities.
Lastly, Paul Shropshire, principal of BSK (British School of Kuwait) gave a talk on streaming vs setting at the year 11 and above years, which honestly I can’t say I understood the difference. Nevertheless, it touched a bit on how the British vs American vs IB program is structured and what to look for when making these choices.