Since our inauguration in December 2007, the club has kept growing steadily, and as at 1st January 2013, our membership stands at 123 members from 33 different countries!
New applications for membership are always welcome!
Antonia relocated to the Riviera with husband Mark and their 2 children in 2005. Once settled, she set up her own company KidooLand which organises weekly and holiday activities for children.
In 2012 she opened The Gift Barn, a small gift shop within the premises of KidooLand, and jointly set up The Flame Performing Arts Academy for children.
The whole family love the life on offer here on the Côte d’Azur, which now that the kids are older has started to include skiing, sailing, and now they have a dog will be out enjoying the fabulous walks on offer.
As a former French teacher, lifelong Francophile, and expat living on the French Riviera, I currently enjoy sharing news, information, and amusing stories on my blog, "24/7 in France".
My newly released book, "Solitary Desire", is the story of my journey to France - one of love, sweat, and tears.
Julia is both English and Swiss.
She has spent most of her life in Geneva, teaching music (piano, guitar and music theory, in both French and English), after obtaining two degrees from the Geneva Conservatory.
She also founded a charity there in 1997 to help troubled youth.
At the moment she is doing consultancy work on the French Riviera and beyond in the field of cultism. She has written a book and gives lectures on this topic. She is a widow and has four grown-up children.
In love with nature, Stefana plays with light and space in creating unique gardens on the French Riviera. Some of the projects she has worked on can be seen at Riviera Gardens.
She also really enjoys hiking in the region and has recently developed an interest in jazz music. Sharing these passions with new friends, she says, would be great!
Paul was a senior Investment Director with major fund managemet institutions during his 30 year City of London career, and latterly ran his own investment consultancy until retiring in 2009.
Jean is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, having worked in senior positions in many English Local Authorities, including for the last 12 years of her career prior to retirement, as Resources Director for Bath & NE Somerset Council.
Both enjoy theatre, cooking, Rugby football, horse racing, travel, and socialising. They have homes near Bath in England and in Nice, between which they divide their time. Their two sons both live in St Albans, England.
Josephine has been living in Nice for the past 5 years, and previously lived in Italy where she worked as a textiles designer. She is now concentrating on her passion which is painting, along with other related design projects such as greetings cards and wall mural s. And yes, she loves the Côte d'Azur!
Jane is about to embark upon a long awaited dream to live on the Côte d’Azur, where the mountains meet the sea, where the climate is warm, and where the community is cosmopolitan. Not only that but for the fabulous cuisine and wine! She came here often as a child and then throughout her life, until she could not stay away any longer.
A teacher for many years, Jane now runs her own company as a voice coach and public speaking trainer, and writes and delivers personal development programmes for adults and children based on the liberating art of articulate self expression. She hopes to continue coaching and writing in the South of France and Monaco....but also to pursue her love of tennis, improve her French and meet new friends.
Bill has decided to relocate to the Côte d’Azur because he loves the climate and international community that the region offers. He has always nurtured the idea of living near the Med where he can be around boats and wants to spend time developing a more coherent tennis game and get better at speaking French and enjoying some camaraderie with like-minded people - who have also chosen to be based here.
Semi retired, he is a consultant for the packaging industry and travels to London fairly frequently. He likes nothing more than to pack a bag and drive off for a touring holiday, and where better to be based to visit so many beautiful destinations than the French Riviera?
Beverley has many strings to her bow.
She was the Sports Massage Therapist to the Australian Wallabies and many elite athletes, a beautician, para-medical aesthetician and oxygen skin therapist to celebrities and VIP clients.
She has organized fund raisers for battered women, homeless children and The Sydney Children's Hospital and was nominated for several Business awards, including the Telstra Women in Business and the Woollahra Women in Business Awards.
Beverley moved to the South of France in 2011 and started her business, Riviera Reiki, and more recently, The Holistic Professionals Network.
Christine is an Independent Sales Consultant for Miche Bag Europe, bringing the most innovative handbag concept for women to the French Riviera!
She is also Regional Coordinator for Currencies Direct, which provides competitive foreign exchange services for private clients and businesses and she still finds time to wear a 'third hat' as the current Treasurer of the European Professional Womens Network!
Honorary Life Members
The Serious Wenns
The Fun Wenns
Peter - he has been working in Monaco for the past 4yrs for Single Buoy Moorings (SBM), as an engineer, really likes his job and travels quite alot. He is a keen golfer (when he gets the opportunity), enjoys good food, good company and meeting people/socialising. He is very outgoing and fun to be around.
Debbie - myself and my son moved here just over 2yrs ago (Thomas was nearly 15yrs so a very difficult age and with no French he has done marvellous at school and is studying for the Bac ES and hopes to go to a UK university) I gave up my job with Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs where I was a Compliance Manager dealing with company investigations/fraud. My other role was the Diversity, Training & People's Co-ordinator, a role which I particularly enjoyed. I am currently on 3yrs "special leave" but will resign my post this year. I enjoy meeting different people, travelling, gardening, food/cooking, reading and socialising (I am not a sporty person like my husband!)
Husband and wife team, Nigel and Helen Brotherton decided in 2008 that in a country dominated by Wine and Food, the international community here on the Riviera sometimes needs a little help to unravel the mysteries of a drink which is perhaps more 2nd nature to the indigenous natives! So FineWineWorks was created.
Helen holds the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Diploma with Honours and is able to teach qualification courses up to WSET Advanced Level 3. She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits.
Helen has until recently worked with VSF (Vins Sans Frontieres) as a Wine Consultant based on the Riviera, specialising in Fine Wines for the Yachting market.
Before that she has had a varied and exciting career in the UK, initially as a professional actress for 11 years (yes, she does occasionally appear in long forgotten sitcoms on UK Gold in the early hours), and as a Chef in London whilst “resting” (between acting jobs!). Time to get a grown – up job and realising she liked drinking, Helen embarked on a career in the UK wine trade working with two of the most influential Wine Companies in the UK retail sector.
Helen then bought and ran her own restaurant in North Yorkshire
before selling up when she met then married the lovely Nigel, and
joined his family business.
Nigel, after a long career with WH Smiths retired as Logistics
Director, to sort of consult a bit and play golf a lot, got bored
and set up, with his family, two businesses in Pickering, North
Yorkshire: "Seasons", a Delicatessen &;Wine Merchants and also a
fresh Yorkshire Food Distribution company, "Moorsfresh";. Nigel is
the business brains and the one with the patience here at FWW.