Through my many interactions with professionals as a Human Resources consultant, I realised that a significant number of people, beginning with fresh graduates and extending to those in mid-career and beyond, struggle with the question of what really ‘drives’ them. Devoid of an answer, many face a familiar problem – of feeling they are ‘somehow not in the right job’, accompanied by a seeming inability to either excel or feel satisfied.
Recognising some distinctive and common patterns in these encounters, I sought to develop an approach which would assist both professionals and youngsters entering the workplace to identify their innate talents and gain mastery over their jobs, and their lives. This led to the foundation of True North in 2012. Its aim: Helping you unleash your real potential!
I began my career in 1995 in the field of human resources, initially specialising in executive search with Boyden International and TMP Executive Search (now part of Heidrick & Struggles). An enduring interest in exploring the motivation and performance of persons led me to set up my own company in 2002 and to extend my services including assessment centres, outplacement, as well as coaching.
The clients I have worked with vary from Fortune 500 companies to start ups, active in a wide variety of sectors, from manufacturing to services, to non-governmental organisations – functioning at both national and international levels. I bring to bear insights from more than a decade and a half of interactions with several hundred working professionals, as well as new graduates.
I have Masters degrees in Communication from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and in International Relations from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL); I also have a diploma in Cultural Science from the VUB.
I got my coaching certification from the leading institute, Coaches Training Institute (CTI) USA, member of the Coaching Federation International. I have certifications in Fireworks, a career coaching tool, and CoreTalents, a unique metod to identify talents and strengths. In addition I followed a range of courses and further training relevant to my human resources and coaching career.
I was born in Belgium, lived several years in Paris and I work in English, French and Dutch. Today I am based in Portugal but travel on assignments, as well as to attend conferences and courses for my continuing professional development. I also practice and teach yoga.