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My Job

Most days I juggle between helping clients and managing our growing team. I counsel clients on navigating both external and internal issues, most frequently being the first port of call for a client new to their position or facing an emerging issue.

I manage the structure of HLC and support its growth, alongside my talented colleagues (who are smarter than me!) as we move into the next phase of development.

My Experience

For over 20 years, I have been working in political communications, strategy and stakeholder mobilisation. I started out in 2000 in the European Parliament before moving into consultancies in Brussels and New York.

Blending my Dutch and American ‘can-do’ cultures, I developed a reputation for bringing together political and reputational risk analysis and strategy with straight-talking business communications.

I have always been a proud generalist, bringing horizontal thinking and creativity into HLC since its founding in 2009.  My clients are mostly Fortune500 companies and international CSOs.

My Proudest Achievements

A dinner with President Obama, where he said, “A special thanks to Margot, whose brilliance is second only to Michelle’s”….*to be fact checked

My Education

  • BA Honors Political Science, University of Rochester (New York)
  • MSc Political Science, London School of Economics

My Languages

English, French, Dutch, Restaurant Italian.

My Interests outside work

Real art, live music, inspiring design and Food&Drink… but most of my time is spent listening to my three kids (giggle mostly?!)

My Favourite Brussels anecdote

The classic Brussels combination of finance and surrealism: ‘Ceci n’est pas un ticket TVA’ ….Printed proudly on each receipt, in every restaurant.

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