Our Team

CO-FOUNDERS
Sally Russell 

Sally and her family moved from the UK to Helsingborg in 2008. She co-founded HIC in 2014 and has run the organisation since 2016. During her tenure, she has represented HIC in the Autumn 2017 batch of the SoPact Accelerator Program, attended study visits and conferences in Eindhoven, Tallin, Lund, Malmö, and Copenhagen, and expanded the associations’ activities. Prior to her work with HIC, she was actively involved with the International School of Helsingborg as Chair of the Parent Teacher Association, the Environment & Facilities Parent Work Group, and committee member of the Council of International Schools accreditation process. She also worked at ISH as a substitute teacher and as a school librarian. 

Sally graduated from the University of Southampton with an honours degree in French and worked in shipping & freight forwarding and the London jewellery & antique business. She has held a number of language-teaching roles and takes on English proofreading assignments.

 

Jenny Wieslander Chandler 

Jenny returned to her home town of Helsingborg in 2012, after 12 years of living overseas with her family. During her time abroad she lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Canada, Pakistan, Spain, Ireland and Denmark. Her many international moves led to an understanding of the processes though which international families in transit go, and whilst combining personal career goals with family life, the importance of finding good local networks has always been prominent when establishing herself in new locations. Jenny currently works in Market Communications for Öresundskraft.

Jenny graduated from Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm and has worked in media, advertising, and design roles for global corporations as well as taking on consular and community liaison roles during her time as an expat.  


BOARD MEMBERS   
Åsa Kadom 

Åsa was born and grew up in Halmstad, Sweden. She has experienced working, studying, and raising her international family within several different cultures, including those of Canada, Abu Dhabi, and Sweden. She has assisted young people to integrate into Sweden and was actively involved as a parent at the International School of Helsingborg. Her in-depth knowledge of Swedish systems and the Swedish language, and willingness to help make her a valuable asset to the HIC team and our drop-in sessions. Åsa has been a member of the HIC Board since 2019.

Åsa studied at a catering college in Sweden then moved to Canada to become an au pair. After studying as a legal secretary in Toronto, she worked as Course Co-ordinator for international students at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, before relocating to Abu Dhabi with her young family. 

 

Parul Ghosh

Parul and her partner moved to Helsingborg from Delhi, India in 2017. In 2019, with the support of Visionsfonden, she founded This is Hbg, a local recommendation platform for internationals in Helsingborg. She currently works with Contentor, a global content services agency, and with Open Space Mindpark, a co-working space in Helsingborg curating exhibitions and organizing events. She was also part of the SoPact Accelerator Program in 2019. Parul has been a HIC board member since December 2021.

 
Parul graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy and then pursued her Master’s degree in Special Education. She has previously worked with global disability organisations and continues to work as a freelance writer in the field. 

 


DROP-IN ASSISTANTS 
Leo Swales  

Leo has lived in Helsingborg since 2014. Her family took the opportunity of a job move to come to Sweden and experience life in another country. Leo took on the role of Parent Representative for her daughter’s class at the International School of Helsingborg and also volunteers in the school library. 

Leo has an honours degree in English Literature and Religious Studies and worked at IBM UK for many years in various capacities, including Events Management and Customer Care.