IMA Belgium wants to be the most outstanding networking association for administrative professionals, management and executive assistants, as well as freelance and virtual assistants.
We organise a monthly network event with a key note speaker. On top of that we are also very proud to offer you a National Training Day, a Summer Drink (August) and a Christmas dinner one a year.
We want to thank all our members for being an ambassador of our profession and of IMA Belgium.
Nadine Stroobant - National Chairman
After having worked in the A&E of a university hospital for many years, Nadine was getting a bit restless. She desperately wanted to evolve and felt that she could do more. Then she read an article about networks in which Greet Puttaert introduced EUMA (now IMA) and talked about the importance of networking. Nadine was intrigued. This was a call to action and she was in.
Over the years, Nadine expanded her skills and competences, gained in confidence and really started believing in her own capabilities. Her bosses noticed and supported her growth, giving her more autonomy and responsibilities. Now she works for the CMO, CFO and COO and their deputies.
All this led Nadine to put forward her name to chair IMA Belgium. After all IMA had done for her, she thought it was time to give back.
Leen Maegh - PR Officer
Leen started her carreer in July 2005, only 1 day after graduation. Throughout the years, she has worked for several belgian SME and some multinationals with headquarters in Brussels. After 15 years working as an Executive Assistant, Leen decided to follow her dreams and in the fall of 2020, she started her own company. Leen is now working as a Virtual Assistant. She supports small business owners with their (financial) administration, communication, social media, customer service and many other tasks. Leen has finally found her true calling and is currently creating a coaching course for others to start their own VA business.
Leen joined the NC of IMA Belgium at the end of 2019. As PR Officer she is determined and passionate to mark IMA Belgium as the best networking association for administrative professionals. Event management, communication and Social Media are her passions and she works really hard with her PR team, Liesl and Tinne, to offer the best possible support for our members.
Leen loves to write and read. She is an excellent cook and fan of Ottolenghi's kitchen. Leen likes to travel and adores dogs. She is always in for a party, a dance and a glass of wine or champagne.
Danielle Struyven - National Treasurer
Marina Ruiter - Deputy Chairman
Coming from the Netherlands (to join her boyfriend) Marina started her career in a consultancy firm in Louvain-la-Neuve. She followed her then manager to help him start a company in the venture capital sector. Together with husband and son she moved back to the Netherlands where she has been been active as an executive assistant in the Rotterdam harbour area. In the late nineties the family moved back to Belgium where she rejoined her previous manager, who in the meantime had started his own venture capital company Capricorn Partners, where she is still active as executive assistant with a multi-disciplinary range of tasks.
Marina is member since 2012 triggered by the networking and international aspect of the association. After her first international event in London there was no point of return, she got addicted to IMA. This was exactly what she was looking for – a warm environment among peers outside the own company circle, and meeting and learning with and from colleague management assistants from all over the world.
Marina joined the National Committee beginning of 2021. Being a great supporter of IMA and believing in its added value for Management Support Professionals she wants to contribute to keep IMA going and preparing IMA for the future. And, one learns so much in having an active role within IMA, as she experienced when having a mandate on global level and which she is also experiencing in her current role in the NC. Plus, working together on a project makes warm friends.
Tinne De Beckker - Deputy PR Officer
Initially Tinne did not want to become a Management Assistant but an Archeologist. She has a Master in History to prove it.
A short stint as assistant to the Sales and Marketing Manager changed her mind and she decided to go back to school to learn all the tricks of the trade. After getting her degree she worked as assistant for various companies, both big and small (BESIX, CHN Industrial|New Holland, etc.). For the past three years she has been employed as Project Assistant at Desmet Ballestra, a Zaventem based engineering company.
When she is not playing taxi for her two daughters she likes to cook or curl up on the sofa with a cozy British murder mystery or a history book.
Why did I become a member
Leen Maegh introduced me to IMA and I’m very grateful she did! Here I found a community of likeminded professionals who are passionate about their job and for whom life-long learning is key. Within IMA you can find help, support and lots of laughs too.
Hobbies: cooking, reading, gardening
Liesl Houben - Deputy PR Officer
Liesl is the youngest member of the National Committee and is excited to learn and contribute to the success of IMA. She is a cheerful person with a strong desire to make a difference in everything she does.
Liesl has a background in linguistics and graduated from university with a master’s degree in Interpreting. She started working as a legal assistant for Covington & Burling LLP four years ago and soon realised that being an assistant is her professional calling. Liesl would love to further climb in her career as an assistant and is eager to learn so she can support her team in the best possible way.
Outside of work and IMA, Liesl loves to spend time with family and friends and her two dear cats, Pablo and Lilly.
Frieda Catteeuw - Deputy Treasurer
Frieda studied Office Management in Brussels and has been working as a Management Assistance in different industry sectors since 1980. She is happily married, has four children and four grandchildren.
Frieda was contacted by our National Chairman when her manager participated in the TV show "Back to the Floor". She persuaded Frieda to ask her manager to be a keynote speaker at one of our monthly networking events. Frieda found the networking amongst peer very interesting and only a few weeks later she became a member.
Frieda really liked the energy, friendship and fun she was getting out of IMA and she was eager to learn more about the functioning of the association. She wanted to participate more actively in our Belgian branch and so she decided to join our National Committee.
You can wake me up in the middle of the night for watching a good movie with a glass of wine
Favourite drink: red wine.
Favourite food: Italian.
Favourite city: Barcelona.
Favourite book: comics.
Hobbies: movies, netflix bingewatching, traveling, knitting, puzzles, grandchildren
Greet Puttaert - Advisor to the National Committee
Greet has 35 years of experience as management assistant in a whole range of industries and going from middle management to C-suite level. She now works for an international law firm as PA to the Managing Partner of the Brussels office and the Global Co-Chair Competition/Antitrust Group.
What Greet loves about our profession is that we are so versatile and can thrive in many different industries. “Not one day is the same and if you are lucky enough to be appreciated for your problem-solving and creative support in the background, it gives you a boost every single day.”
Greet did not have a classic training in office management so she wanted to discover what she could learn from her peers. She wanted to look over the fence and expand her network. Greet became a member of EAPS (then EUMA, and now IMA) in 1991. Only six months later, she was asked to become National Chairman. Greet has served on the Belgian board and on the international board in various (non-) elected functions.
Amongst Greet’s biggest highlights as a Committee Member are the organization of the annual conferences in Amsterdam and Brussels.