ESFG Lyon is run by a Committee which meets monthly to discuss membership applications, budgets and spending, to organise parties and other events.

The Committee has a maximum of 10 members. Within the Committee, the Board includes: President, Vice-President(s), Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Secretary (Membership). All the Committee members and the Board are elected at our Annual General Meeting held in September each year.

Louise Belfiore, President 

Welcome! I am a business owner, specialising in baby clothes. I have lived in France for more than 15 years, coming as a teenager when my parents retired in sunny France. I joined ESFG when my daughter was about 9 months old, in 2015. I have found continued support with the group as my child grows, and made strong friendships. Sometimes the cultural differences can be tough to deal with alone, especially when it comes to children, that’s one of the many great reasons ESFG has such great enthusiastic members.  I have been on the committee since September 2015, am coordinator for the 0-3 baby playgroup activities. I volunteered to be secretary in September 2016,  and am excited to be a part of bringing good times and fun to all our members.

I hope you’ll find as much here as I have, I look forward to meeting you.


Kathryn Bartlett, Secretary

Originally from the North East of Scotland, having lived and worked in many places in between, I moved to the Lyon area in 2014 with my husband. We joined the ESFG just before we arrived in France and found it an invaluable source of information before and after our daughter was born. I have a passion for cooking especially baking and so for me one of the greatest pleasures of living in the Lyon area is the wonderful food, not to mention wine!

Ruth McKain, Vice-president

Welcome to Lyon! I am a former environmental planner and researcher who worked in Scotland and New Zealand before jumping into full-time motherhood in Lyon. I arrived in 2008 with my husband and an 8 month-old baby boy. In the years since we arrived, ESFG Lyon has been a great source of friendship, advice and support as we’ve adjusted to life in France – and added another boy to our family. As President I aim to help the association develop as it continues to grow in size, and to keep offering support and advice to English-speaking families that come to live in Lyon.

I’ve been a member of ESFG Lyon since 2008 and President since 2012. I look forward to getting to know all our members, new and old, and having some fun along the way.