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About Us

About Us

afpop is the largest Association for foreign residents in Portugal, which since 1987 has specialised in providing a comprehensive range of information services and support to our Members, who are mainly foreign residents and property owners in Portugal. Our dedicated staff is on hand to assist in keeping you up-to-date with new and existing legislation, whilst at the same time negotiating Discounts and preferred services for Members, helping to save money and give peace of mind. Our team of Area Event Organisers also arrange social events for our Members to enjoy.

  • Our information services include a range of over 75 regularly updated Information Bulletins and a Members’ Magazine 6 times a year.
  • Our website includes a Members’ Area, giving our Members access to our information services at any time of the day and any day of the week.
  • A network of Area Event Organisers (AEO) throughout Portugal.
  • Problem solving assistance from afpop’s staff in person at the office in Portimão, or by email and telephone.
  • Access to professional advisory services in English, German and other European languages, as well as Portuguese.
  • Discounts and other special conditions from over 300 companies and service providers throughout Portugal.
  • Seminars, Exhibitions and Social Activities.
  • afpop seeks to promote good relationships with the Portuguese authorities and people.
  • Membership is open to anyone, of any nationality, who is over the age of 18.

afpop is an organisation with non-profit making objectives, founded in 1987, which has evolved into the most important expatriate association in Portugal with the objective of assisting members from all nationalities to make the most of out of living and working there.

The range of services and activities provided through afpop is huge and growing. afpop affords access to the latest information concerning Portuguese laws, offers assistance with issues concerning members and negotiates financial benefits from home, motor and health insurances to many discounts with local traders for our members.

The Association was declared an Entidade de Utílidade Pública (Entity of Public Usefulness) by the Portuguese government on 20th October 2010, acknowledging the work that is done to foster relationships between the foreign community and the Portuguese people and authorities.

afpop's professional staff, working from the office in Portimão, assists the voluntary Management Council and Area Event Organisers to help you make the most of living and working in Portugal .

afpop is administered by a Management Council (MC), elected annually by the membership at the AGM. The MC members are all afpop members who, on a voluntary basis, undertake to run the Association on behalf of the membership.

The Fiscal Council (FC) is a separate group of three elected members (once again members of the Association), who audit the Association annually and provide guidance to the MC regarding the Portuguese law and Association's Statutes.

Area Event Organisers are also volunteers, situated throughout Portugal, who provide social support to members in their respective areas and provide another link for members with the Office. 

The day to day running of the Association is undertaken by the paid office staff, who all have specific roles within the organisation and provide administrative support to the Councils and Area Event Organisers, as well as helping members to find the answers to their many and varied questions.

Details of those who make up the afpop team can be found below:

Management Council

Paul Streeter

Erwin Mohr
Snr. Vice President

Henrique Pinheiro
Vice President

Larry Chisesi  

Michael Reeve

Dr. Eduardo S. Jorge


Steven Wilson 



Fiscal Council

Doug McAdam

Geoffrey Bertenshaw

Robert Megaw
Vice Chairman


Office Staff 
For more detailed information on the Office  Staff click here

Speaks: English & Portuguese

Speaks: English, Portuguese, German, Danish

Maria Silva
Finance Manager


Harry Taylor
I.T. Supervisor 


Karina Vieira
Member Services


Speaks: English, Portuguese, German, Dutch Speaks: English, Portuguese & French

Ellen van de Brake
Projects Co-ordinator


Marisa Neves
Information Research


David Thursfield
Marketing Co-ordinator


  Speaks: English, Portuguese, French and Spanish  
  Cátia Moreira
New Member Co-ordinator


Area Event Organisers 

Linda Cree
East Algarve

Pat Allen

Hans Saur

Heather Pearce


Jamie Makuuchi




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