Michel Vanhoonacker has his roots in Bruges. After his studies TEW in Namur and KU Leuven he left for the UK to specialise in Marketing at the Bristol Business School. Professionally, he is still active in import and export from and to the UK. In 2005, Michel set BLCC in Great Britain back on track with a thorough reorganisation based on 3 pillars: practical services, networking and a London Club House. He is also director of a number of British and Belgian companies including Eximium Talent which specialises in supporting young SAAS companies.
As Honorary Consul for Belgium in Kingston-Upon-Hull, he helps Belgians who live and work in North-East England or who are stranded there. As Chairman of the oldest foreign charity in Britain, the Royal Belgian Benevolent Society, he and the Trustees ensure that exceptional young Belgian students can realise their ambition to continue their studies in the UK. In 2015 he became Freeman of the City of London for his involvement in the realisation of the Flanders Memorial Garden next to Buckingham Palace. Michel divides his time between Yorkshire, London, Belgium and Luxembourg.