Life Porters was the outcome of a series of conversations


Friends, family and colleagues told stories of needing support to manage daily life, because they were out of the country in a different time zone, or because their life as a busy professional meant there simply weren’t enough hours to deal with the everyday. The response from Life Porters founder Maggie Taylor was to bring together the specialists and services needed to create a one-stop solution, drawing on her experience in creating member networks and working with professional services.

Different time zones

The friend living in Hong Kong who was going through a marriage breakdown and needed emotional support as well as professional advice on the implications of their expat status on a potential divorce.

The daughter who was trying to manage the grieving process together with the legal process after her father died, travelling backwards and forwards long haul to manage probate, sell his property and dispose of assets.

The expat parents living in Asia who needed to find the right education back home in the UK for their child with special needs to reach full potential, and to plan the career move that would bring them back.

Same challenges

The Australian expat who wanted to head home for a sabbatical to introduce her new baby to family, but needed help managing the life that she would have to leave on ice in the UK, including her much loved dog.

Or the London-based mother, holding down a demanding job and international travel, with no time to plan a holiday, find an au pair, or even book a brunch with a best friend.

Founder Maggie Taylor

Common across all these stories was the challenge of remotely managing family and personal affairs. Most recently, the human tragedy of Covid-19 has escalated these difficulties.

Drawing on this common thread, Maggie could see the need for someone able to step in and take the strain, with the knowledge and expertise to identify and source the different experts and services needed to solve each problem. At the heart, the support would be focused on individual wellbeing, enabling improved quality of life through personalised support to free up time that would otherwise be spent in dealing with difficult and time-consuming issues.

This drew on her experience of creating and building member-based communities and networks over three decades, together with a background in marketing for clients in professional services, where she had seen how people simply did not know where to start in reaching out for specialist guidance, especially when the issues were emotionally challenging.

Life Porters was born.

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