We are fundamentally all about people: candidates, hiring managers (our clients), as well as our own consultants. Being part of the YouConnect team means believing that connecting the right people can bring value to both sides of the equation - and to us too, as the connecting force.
Ilse is our founder and managing partner. She was a lawyer and employment law consultant for over twelve years and is a true pioneer in legal recruitment. Ilse founded YouConnect in 2013 to make her mark on the industry.
Thomas has been a partner at YouConnect since its launch in 2013. He has worked both as a corporate lawyer in a major business law firm, and as a self-employed legal interim manager and consultant both in law firms and in-house. This combination of experience means he really grasps the different needs of clients and candidates. He is all about connecting and bringing people together.
Birgit has been a partner at YouConnect since November 2018. She has launched a new business line within YouConnect that focuses on HR Interim Management. Birgit, who holds a Master’s degree in Law, has already successfully started and developed new businesses at one of the world's largest HR consulting firms over the last 25 years. She is genuinely interested in people and organisations, and combines customer centricity with a results-driven approach.
Mieke has been a Recruitment Consultant at YouConnect since February 2016. She started out as a lawyer in Brussels, but later opted for a corporate career as a Procurement Officer, Senior Legal Counsel and Business Development Manager in several companies with both a European and international presence. Recruitment consulting is a role that suits both her passion and her expertise.
Marie has been a Recruitment Consultant at YouConnect since April 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology. She started her career in recruitment & selection and has never looked back. Progressively, she took on more senior roles as HR Consultant in several consultancy firms, and as Talent Acquisition Manager for a multinational in the food industry.
Stéphanie has been a Recruitment Consultant at YouConnect since June 2018. She started her career as a lawyer in Brussels, was active in legal recruiting and gained experience as inhouse legal counsel in the retail and food industries. Armed with this mix of experiences, she has returned to her passion of legal recruitment. She enjoys the interaction with people and likes to support candidates in their various career steps. In line with our YouConnect values, Stéphanie is eager to build enduring relationships with both clients and candidates.
Kathleen has been a Recruitment Consultant at YouConnect since October 2018. She holds a degree in Tax Law and started her career as a VAT Consultant in a big 4 firm in Brussels. She subsequently worked at a major Belgian utilities company as Real Estate Officer. For over 10 years, she further developed her tax law skills as an independent tax consultant in her own firm. As a professional service provider, Kathleen has always been highly customer-focussed. Going the extra mile is what makes her tick.
Simon has been a Recruitment Consultant at YouConnect since April 2019. He started his career in two major business law firms in Brussels and then worked as legal counsel for a global consumer goods company. He is truly interested in what drives people and how organisations function. At YouConnect, Simon combines this passion with his experience in legal jobs to connect people and organisations.
Paulien has been a Recruitment Consultant at YouConnect since April 2019. She chose to point her career in a new direction after working as a lawyer in Mechelen, where she specialised in commercial and contracts law. Paulien gets energy from interacting with people and is eager to build lasting relationships with both clients and candidates.
Sharon started her professional career at YouConnect as a Management Assistant in April 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Event and Project Management, and is our IT-savvy and solution-oriented jack-of-all-trades. Her positivity always shines through.