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The Team

The Executive Committee


Suzanne Potter - Secretary

Suzanne is British and has lived in Winterthur since September 2011. She has been an active member of the International Club Winterthur since 2014. She has lived and worked as a Radiographer in England, Ireland, Australia and now in Switzerland, where she works at the Universitätsspital in Zurich. Suzanne is a big fan of pro-cycling road racing, following events like the Tour de France and Tour de Suisse. She also loves the mountains and is a keen walker both in summer and in winter.


Paul Martin - President

Paul is married to Sharron, with three children, Hollie, Sam & Ellie, all living in Winterthur. Originally from Ireland, he is living in Switzerland since 2017. Understanding the importance of connecting with like minded people, he and Sharron are active members of the International Club Winterthur since 2019. They love all the activities especially the events that involve groups socializing and exercising outdoors. Paul likes football and running. He enjoys meeting with people from diverse cultures and learning new experiences and skills.


Lisa Schwander - Activities

Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, Lisa moved abroad 13 years ago and has not looked back. Her academic studies took her to the US, and her profession as a primary teacher took her to South Korea, East Africa, and Germany. She moved to Switzerland in 2017 for love and lives with her husband in Illnau-Effretikon. In addition to traveling, hiking, painting, and reading, Lisa loves music and plays several instruments. She joined the International Club Winterthur in 2022 and is responsible for the club’s activities with Sharron.

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Maria Ana Machado - Treasurer

Maria Ana is Portuguese national, married to a Brazilian national and mother to teenage twin boys​. She traveled through all continents but settled in Switzerland in 2015.​ She is a kindergarten practitioner as a profession but has been a stay-at-home mum since she left London in 2013.​ She loves bike riding, Stand-Up-Paddling, running, reading, Sudoku, backgammon, cooking and traveling to get to meet other cultures and to try the spiciest food in the world.​


Sharron Martin - Activities


Sharron was born in Jersey, in the Channel Islands and raised in Ireland. She has lived in Winterthur since 2018, leaving her role as HR assistant for two five star hotels. She moved here with her husband and three grown-up children, two of whom are now studying back in Ireland, She studied tailoring in Ireland and in the past has made a lot of clothes but now she says her sewing machine has gone into retirement! She likes all kind of fitness including jogging, hiking and snowshoeing, and is member of a fitness club. She also likes cooking. She is very sociable, loves meeting new people and attending the different club events. She has been a member of the International Club Winterthur since 2018 and now, together with Lisa, is responsible for the club’s activities.

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Iwona Smedley - Admin Secretary

Iwona is Polish national, married to a British national and mother to 2 girls, aged 6 and 8. She lives in Switzerland since 2018.​ She holds a master's degree in international management from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has professional experience in sales management, account management, project management and research.​ Currently, she is a stay-at-home mum.​ Iwona loves hiking, strength training and cycling, foreign languages and traveling.

The Audit Committee

Christian Schreiber
Maija Vihma

Supporting Members

International Club Winterthur is grateful for all its members and their support. We would also like to express our appreciation to the members listed below for their various contributions, including organizing events, web designing, marketing, managing our social media channels, and creating internal communication documents.

Feel free to approach us, if you are interested in helping us in any way.

Aysun Aytac
Christina Gomez (May she rest in peace)

Sandra Handley
Rolf Meier
Christoph Ott
Michèle Ott

Gareth Owen
Ana Seiler
Judith Westhoff
Dermot Westhoff
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