Billy Allwood

Billy Allwood

Founder and Owner of TheHagueOnLine

Billy moved to The Hague from London as a strategic planner for a Brazilian mining company 20 years ago. At that time, the expat community was much smaller and, as he started to put down roots, he began organising social networking events centred around local cultural and sporting events.  In 2005 he presented the first Feel At Home In the Hague Fair at The Carlton Ambassador Hotel. It was so successful, that the following year he was invited by the Hague Municipality to hold the event in The Hague City Hall. Over time, the Feel at Home Fair has grown into the biggest International Community event in the region, with up to 200 exhibitors and over 4000 visitors.  It is unique in being a totally inclusive event which allows non-profit  sports clubs and associations to exhibit free of charge and offers very low costs of entry to small businesses.  The Fair is supported by the bi-annual Feel At Home Magazine, 10,000 copies of which are distributed free of charge through schools, companies, local shops and sports halls.

Billy is also the founder of TheHagueOnLine.Com, the first internet service to provide local news and events information in English to the International Community of The Hague.  His local knowledge and  international network is unrivalled, and walking around the City centre with him, you could be forgiven for thinking The Hague is a village, as he is recognised wherever he goes!

Claire Bishton

Claire Bishton

Project Manager, Feel at Home International Community Fair

Like Billy, Claire has a scientific background, but on graduation she moved in to the advertising and communications industry which was an exciting place in London in the boom-time of the 80s.  She moved to Paris in 1990 as an advertising planner and then Director of Studies at Linguarama France and learnt a great deal about overcoming the barriers of communications across languages and cultures.

When she moved to Geneva with two small children in 2000, her focus turned to the voluntary sector in association with both local and international  schools, helping newly arrived expat families feel at home in Geneva and “France voisine” through playgroups, language classes and social events.

In 2012 she moved to The Hague, ahead of her husband and with teenage boys, and discovered, through the BSN Rugby Club, how important a sports association can be in helping families to integrate in a new international location. She see The Feel at Home Fair as a great opportunity to put both local and international sports clubs and associations in touch with the international community, thereby helping people feel a sense of belonging in their adopted country.

Diane Lemieux

Diane Lemieux

Coordinator of Seminar and Workshop Programme

Diane Lemieux was born in Quebec and moved to live abroad for the first time at the age of three. That journey continued through 11 countries on five continents during which she collected 4 languages, two passports and several cultural identities. She is a journalist, author of four books including The Mobile Life: a new approach to moving anywhere, and public speaker on issues of global mobility. For more information see her blog:


Uhuru Tyrie-Socha

Uhuru Tyrie-Socha

Volunteer - Event Support

Uhuru has very much been feeling at home in the Hague since relocating to the Netherlands more than seven years ago from his home city of London. Having previously worked in the Communications team at the British School in The Netherlands (BSN) for a number of years, Uhuru is certainly no stranger to the Hague’s expat and international community. He’s also not that unfamiliar with the ‘Feel at Home’ fair, having previously represented the BSN as an exhibitor on a couple of occasions. Uhuru now joins the events team and looks forward to  working behind the scenes as well as hopefully seeing some familiar faces at this years fair!

Carolina Isola

Carolina Isola

ACCESS Project Coordinator - Sport, Social & Community

Carolina was born in Genova (Italy) in 1973. Very passionate about communication, marketing, and event planning, she has worked in this field for many years, enjoying every single event she has organised and every single person she has met.

The life journey took her to Paris, Rome, London, and Geneva. Her husband took her and their two grown-up kids to Rotterdam where she has lived since July 2014.

Carolina happily joined ACCESS in April 2017, where she became Public Relations and Events manager in August 2017. This year, she also welcomed the opportunity to be the Project Coordinator for Feel at Home Fair 2019 on behalf of ACCESS, and she will happily be the point of contact for all not-for-profit Sports, Social & Community Clubs and Associations.

Snehal Phadke

Snehal Phadke

Community Volunteer - Manager of International Food Court

Originally from India, Snehal relocated to Europe in Sept 2004, where she worked in the field of Business support and HR management. She moved to The Hague in 2009 and her kids started school here. Her social circle grew through the school network at first and then extended through social and sports clubs. She thoroughly enjoys meeting and socialising with people from different nationalities and finds the cross cultural interactions with the international community truly enriching.
Her work experience includes setting up of the operations of a large multinational company in The Netherlands, which entailed the relocation of over 400 employees. This put her in direct contact with the local city councils and organisations such as The Hague Business Agency and ACCESS, all of which aim to help international companies settle in efficiently and to make their international workforce feel welcome.
Snehal is an active member of the Indian community in Netherlands, helping to manage events for the Indian diaspora in The Hague through the Indian Embassy and social organisations. She is also an integral member of the Feel at Home Fair team. She feels the Fair as a important platform for the international community to connect and showcase their talents and business ventures: “it acts as an inspiration to many expats with the tremendous opportunities there are to thrive, connect, grow and learn, and nestle securely in their new environment”.
Maja Zupancic

Maja Zupancic

Community Volunteer - Manager of Performance Programme

Maja has a scientific background in molecular biology. But after a few years doing research she decided to switch sides so to speak and went to work for a company selling scientific equipment. She enjoyed helping her former colleagues decide on which equipment to buy and helping them get to grips with all the newest scientific tech gadgets.
A few years down the line she also ventured into managing commercialization projects of a small research institute and later commercialization of new products for a pharmaceutical company.
In 2013 her husband found a new job in The Hague and so she moved with the whole family to the Netherlands. Her main focus here is her two young boys, their schooling and other activities. Nevertheless, she also keeps very active by volunteering within the school, occasionally also singing with the British School Community Choir and playing badminton with the International Badminton Group.
Last year she joined the team for the Feel at Home International Community Fair and had a starring role organising the performers on the podium She is once again the go-to person for the Performance Programme:
Romana Rus

Romana Rus

Community Volunteer

My name is Romana Rus and I come from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. My background is in Economics and I worked as a Business Secretary for 25 years. I moved to The Hague only a year ago with my family and because I like working with people I am looking for new challenges here. I already volunteer in two organisations; one supports people with disabilities and the other is with a team of volunteer cooks preparing meals for homeless people. In my spare time I am active in sports, namely aerobics, badminton and swimming. My biggest relaxation is walking with my dog that we brought with us from Slovenia. Last year I was a part of the Feel at Home International Community Fair where I represented the Badminton Society.

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