Annabelle Surch-Williams

Annabelle has been speaking French since the age of 7 when she was put on an Air France plane with a little neck label on (a bit like Paddington Bear!) to see a French family she had met on holiday with her parents.

She has spent time in France year in, year out, and, after having studied for her bachelor’s and master’s Degree, she worked as a specialist recruitment consultant, a career spanning 27 years.

Annabelle has a background in competitive sports (swimming and synchronised swimming) and coached at national level in both the UK and France as well as working for a Paris-based organisation accompanying professional sports teams for major competitions across Rugby, Swimming and Football.

When Annabelle made the decision to completely immerse herself in the French lifestyle, herself and her husband moved to France permanently just under two years ago and they have never looked back.  As well as having a charming chambre d’hôtes and gite, Annabelle is embarking on her true passion which is her ability to add value to others in terms of being blessed with fluent French and a real appreciation for France.

Annabelle will be helping Assist clients with in-person interpretation and handholding support with French administration.  Annabelle and Assist are currently in the process of developing an exciting new offer which will support non-French speaking people moving to France post Brexit, work their ways towards achieving their A1 language skills as part of the residency process.   Watch this space!

Annabelle says ‘I am hugely excited about this new adventure and look forward to adding value to plenty of lovely people across France’.

Angèle Jeannot

Angèle is a fully bilingual English and French member of our team. She has a range of professional experiences and skills.

She can support you fully with navigating the French administration systems, including setting up your own business, registering for a Carte Vitale, exchanging a driving licence, translations and interpretations and much more.

Angele has the skills to help. Allons-y!

Angèle Jeannot EI SIRET : 89183455800019

Angèle Jeannot

Wil Schmitz

My passion lies in creating professional websites, blogs and web shops. I guide you from the first design to the functionality, building, adding content and support if needed. I also offer help when it comes to designing your logo or corporate identity and the realisation of your printed matter.

Wil Schmitz EI Siret 91082862300017

Wil Schmitz

Geraldine van Rijs

Geraldine Van Rijs offers services in the field of interior design, renovation, layout advice and home staging. She is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience and has realized and supervised several interior projects in the Netherlands.

Her training as a construction drawer, followed by studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and many years of professional experience in architectural offices, have made her an experienced designer with a broad vision of design and interior architecture.

The words that describe her philosophy are “creative, conceptual, surprising but functional and pragmatic, passionate about design and materials, attention to detail”.

Geraldine can also support you if you are changing windows to double glazing, a Velux window in the roof, changing the use of an outbuilding, garden shed or covered terrace, or an extension to your home in the adjoining barn, Geraldine can submit a “declaration of works” at your local town hall. All of this requires supporting documents and drawings, and Geraldine will guide you through the process, prepare the necessary drawings and photos, fill in the forms and liaise and communicate with the local council to get your application approved.

Geraldine van Rijs EI Siren 911 602 076

Geraldine van Rijs

Katey Green

Katey is an experienced bi-lingual hand-holder who is working with Assist to provide a Visa Support Service for those clients looking to start a new life in France.

Kathryn Green EI Siren 451 059 323

Katey Warwick