Practitioner Spotlight--Ingrid van Hees

Practitioner Spotlight--Ingrid van Hees

July 6th, 2017


Ingrid van Hees


Home-based in the Netherlands

Area(s) of Expertise:

Providing administrative and project support

About Me:

I have worked with Antea Group for six years, and before I worked in various support roles; I have approximately 30 years of total experience. I am married with two kids, one graduated last year and works as a primary school teacher, and our youngest is studying food technology. I live in the Netherlands, and when I’m not working I like to read, cook, and help out my husband with our small craft brewery.

Favorite thing about executive support:

What I like most is that in the line of work that I do, is that I have contacts with so many colleagues, and clients, and that I can work on various types of projects.

What is the most interesting project you've ever worked on?

I used to work for a holding company in the gaming industry that had its headquarters in the Netherlands and subsidiaries all over Europe. At some point the shares of the holding were to be transferred to external shareholders. My assignment was to be the central point of contact for all parties involved (internal and external), and I also set up the digital data room for the potential buyers’ due diligence investigation. I learned so much then, it was a really interesting project.

What is the key ingredient for success as an executive support staff person?

I think as an executive assistant, it’s important that you are proactive, accurate, and that you make sure you know what is expected of you. Communication with the person(s) you support is very important.

What's your favorite part of your job?

The variety in assignments, a lot of different people you work with, that is what I like most.

What was your first job?

I had to think way back -- I started working when I was 18, my first job was being a typist at a notary’s office. Typing up deeds, like mortgage deeds, for me it was really boring! However, I did learn to work very precisely. 

If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do?

I would go explore the underwater world. Last year my husband and I went on a vacation to the Caribbean, and I went snorkeling, and I loved it. There is a lot to see under the surface, I would definitely spend my month snorkeling.

Is there something unique that people might not know about you?

They probably don’t know that I spend a lot of my weekends pouring beer at beer festivals where my husband and I are presenting our craft brewery and our beers. 

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