MEET THE TEAM

Dennelle Taylor Nizoux

President & Founder

I’m a bilingual American, living in France full-time since 2000. I consider myself one of the luckiest people around, because I’d wanted to live in France since the age of 13. (Yes, there may have been a schoolgirl crush on a Swiss boy that kicked it all off.) Of course I jumped at the chance when my company offered me a position in Paris!

All of sudden, ten years flew by and I had a tall, dark and handsome French husband, a flat in Paris next to the Bois, and two gorgeous little Franco-Americans…I would not have even dared to dream of a life so perfect. Except it wasn’t really perfect, because life never is. Paris is a breath-taking city, but it’s a bit lacking in the UV department. In 2010, our family moved to sunnier days in the South of France, which reminds me a lot of my native California. Once again, I feel like I should pinch myself – I truly am living the dream!

During my 15 years with a global telecommunications company, I worked in areas as varied as Finance, Strategic Development, Marketing and Project Management. It was when researching the possibility of moving my parents over that I became interested in providing solutions to English-speaking retirees in France.

We created Renestance in 2015 and have since realized just how many people are looking for help moving to France…and how much help they need! To be able to address their housing requests in particular, I obtained a French Bachelors in Real Estate (Immobilier) in 2016 so that Renestance could act as a licensed house-hunter (Chasseur Immobilier).

If you have ever dreamed of living in France (like I did), Renestance is here to make it easier. Learn from our experience and enjoy the exceptional quality of life in France, without all the hassle.

Nicole Hammond

Renesting Expert

I am a bilingual Brit who has been living in the Languedoc region since 2002. I’m looking forward to making your life easier, providing useful information and personal assistance as Administrative Assistance Coordinator for Renestance. I have a wealth of experience of French life behind me, including seven years in real estate. Add to this several years of French-to-English translating, proofreading and Business English teaching experience (combining the skills learnt on my business degree and then TEFL course), and I have a great foundation of knowledge to work with.

Complementing my repertoire of French life experience, I have married and divorced in France, overseen three of my own property renovations, and now rent out my current family home for short term summer rentals, and my gîte (holiday cottage) for winter lets. After my daughter was born in 2006, I ran a cottage industry business for several years, renting baby and toddler equipment to holidaymakers in the region. Now that my daughter is steadily working her way through the French school system, I am back in the working saddle again!

I see myself as friendly and efficient, and I love my job! I’m ready and waiting to help remove the complexities of French administration so that you can relax and enjoy your life in France.

Isabelle Martinez

Renesting Expert

Isabelle is French and originally from Paris. After leaving college she moved to the UK where she lived, worked and started a family.

After 20 years in the UK, Isabelle returned to France in 2014, and although fully bilingual found it hard to find a job. She returned to her studies and graduated in 2016 in a management role assisting companies.

She fully understands the challenges faced when trying to set-up a business in France and helps Renestance clients through the Micro Entrepreneur process.

Laurence Boxall

Renesting Expert

Laurence was born in Alès. She left France after her studies to be an au pair in London. She visited Glasgow for a week end and ended up staying for two years.

After returning to Montpellier for five years, she finally settled back in Bracknell to work for an IT company.

She finally came back to France when her twins were toddlers, created the English-speaking magazine Le SUN in 2006, and since then has been reveling in discovering her region.

Griet Meeus

Renesting Expert

Born in Belgium, Flemish, English and French speaking, Griet arrived in France in 2010, together with her Belgian husband and cat.

“In the first place, we moved to France to have more sunshine and less rain but now we realize the French way of life, fantastic food and of course good wines are a nice bonus.

My husband and I already carried several small renovation projects, and have a lot of experience in holiday lettings as we rent out two small village houses ourselves in which we welcome tourists. I  also previously worked 8 years as independent sales agent for an international holiday letting agency.

I love exploring the region, taking photos, looking for nice wines and searching for little treasures in the many flea markets.

For the past 10 years, we’ve lived in the Gard department, close to the Bouches-du-Rhône. I remember that we had big difficulties to get all the paperwork done when we arrived in France and even though now I speak very good French, it can sometimes still be challenging.

One thing is sure for us, moving to France was our best decision so far in our life. I am happy to help you where I can to make the French dream also possible for you.”

Alexandre Nizoux

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

From age 9, when I met my first American friend at a hot air balloon fair, I’ve been interested in the English language and culture. Lucky enough to travel quite a lot to Canada and the United States and being exposed to English, I’ve then become fascinated by computers, their pseudo-languages and the first RPG games in text mode. Later came the early Internet, where most of the resources were in English (and very few in French). By the time I was twenty-four, I was fluent enough to be ready for the next step of my life : meeting the american woman who would become my wife and the mother of my two kids.

Knowing that, it feels quite fitting that I now have the pleasure of helping anglophones move to France from the front stage (by co-founding part of Renestance) as well as from behind the scene (by providing online tools) with one goal : make their life a dream in France!

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