Our Team


active volunteers

Olivier Beys
Jack of all trades, master of none

Jumpstarted Tournevie in Brussels. When he's not working for WWF on climate & energy related challenges in Belgium and Europe, he's probably playing football, riding a bike, eating hummus or helping out at Tournevie.

Also writes for and edits Zeronaut, an online hub spreading the word about social and technological innovation for the sustainability revolution. 

Does: communication, administration, networking, counter work and more.

Contact him here.

Thomas Opsomer Tournevie's Premier Tool Ninja With a decade as a Makita product specialist under his belt, Thomas can name each single part of a hammer drill in Latin. He divides his time between iFixit, Tournevie, renovating his house, and answering a myriad of questions from his two lovely kids (by now, his wife knows better than to get him started). Does: tool procurement, service & repair, technical support & training Contact him here.

Thomas Opsomer
Tournevie's Premier Tool Ninja

With a decade as a Makita product specialist under his belt, Thomas can name each single part of a hammer drill in Latin.

He divides his time between iFixit, Tournevie, renovating his house, and answering a myriad of questions from his two lovely kids (by now, his wife knows better than to get him started).

Does: tool procurement, service & repair, technical support & training

Contact him here.

Jana Žůrková Alice in the Wonderland of Tools Czech girl trying to find her way around Brussels. Luckily enough her way led through Tournevie, where she enjoys meeting local people and learning the basics of "toolosophy". Job-wise, she's dedicated to things which other people intend to get rid of, also known as waste.  Does: counter work, illustrations & design Contact her here.

Jana Žůrková
Alice in the Wonderland of Tools

Czech girl trying to find her way around Brussels. Luckily enough her way led through Tournevie, where she enjoys meeting local people and learning the basics of "toolosophy".

Job-wise, she's dedicated to things which other people intend to get rid of, also known as waste. 

Does: counter work, illustrations & design

Contact her here.

Maarten Depypere Engineer On the Road After getting his PhD, he wandered around the world, before settling in Brussels and spearheading Tournevie, among other things.  Having returned from yet another tour around the world, he is back with a healthy dose of fresh inspiration.  Does: counter work, accountancy Contact him here. 

Maarten Depypere
Engineer On the Road

After getting his PhD, he wandered around the world, before settling in Brussels and spearheading Tournevie, among other things. 

Having returned from yet another tour around the world, he is back with a healthy dose of fresh inspiration. 

Does: counter work, accountancy

Contact him here

 
Hugh Roche Kelly Tool Warrior from the Emerald Isle Hugh is from Ireland and lives in Brussels. He's a technical director working in performance and visual arts, whatever that means. When he is not travelling somewhere with a show or to a farm somewhere, he does tool maintenance and is often found at the counter. Does: tool maintenance and technical assistance, counter work (tool expert)

Hugh Roche Kelly
Tool Warrior from the Emerald Isle

Hugh is from Ireland and lives in Brussels. He's a technical director working in performance and visual arts, whatever that means.

When he is not travelling somewhere with a show or to a farm somewhere, he does tool maintenance and is often found at the counter.

Does: tool maintenance and technical assistance, counter work (tool expert)

Andreas Frijdal Il dottore olandese Andreas travels on and off between Tuscany, Italy and Brussels, Belgium, where he hibernates in winter. That's when you will find him helping out during opening hours at Tournevie.  He also built his own house, so rest assured that he knows a thing or two about (our) tools.  Does: counter work (tool expert)

Andreas Frijdal
Il dottore olandese

Andreas travels on and off between Tuscany, Italy and Brussels, Belgium, where he hibernates in winter. That's when you will find him helping out during opening hours at Tournevie. 

He also built his own house, so rest assured that he knows a thing or two about (our) tools. 

Does: counter work (tool expert)

Stéphanie Bouteille The Tool Maiden of Orléans Stéphanie migrated from France, not for fiscal reasons, but to pursue a career in the thriving Brussels music industry.  After running the show at Botanique, she now works for a cooperative food distributor and grocery shop Poids Gourmand / Vivrière, and helps out hosting our members during opening hours.  Does: counter work

Stéphanie Bouteille
The Tool Maiden of Orléans

Stéphanie migrated from France, not for fiscal reasons, but to pursue a career in the thriving Brussels music industry. 

After running the show at Botanique, she now works for a cooperative food distributor and grocery shop Poids Gourmand / Vivrière, and helps out hosting our members during opening hours. 

Does: counter work

Harm Deleu Party Captain of this buccaneer (s)crew Harm is one cool dude. He really is. Great guy. When he's not ramping up the entertainment level at Tournevie, he is working (professionally) in the social sector in Brussels. Harm is also our dedicated Georgian diplomatic officer. For more details, we refer to the man himself.   Does: organizing and helping out with parties and events. 

Harm Deleu
Party Captain of this buccaneer (s)crew

Harm is one cool dude. He really is. Great guy. When he's not ramping up the entertainment level at Tournevie, he is working (professionally) in the social sector in Brussels.

Harm is also our dedicated Georgian diplomatic officer. For more details, we refer to the man himself.  

Does: organizing and helping out with parties and events. 

 
Philippe Loix Your Worst Nightmare in Court As a lawyer, Philippe knows the ins and outs of every law, every constitution, every statute, every court decision: you name it. You don't want to mess with this guy.  Which is why our members can be reassured that our tools are in safe hands. PS: bringing tools back in time is probably a good idea :) Does: legal affairs and organizing and helping out with parties and events  

Philippe Loix
Your Worst Nightmare in Court

As a lawyer, Philippe knows the ins and outs of every law, every constitution, every statute, every court decision: you name it. You don't want to mess with this guy. 

Which is why our members can be reassured that our tools are in safe hands. PS: bringing tools back in time is probably a good idea :)

Does: legal affairs and organizing and helping out with parties and events

 

Michiel Van Meervenne The Groovemeister and Master Farmer Michiel is our dedicated food expert and co-founder of Kriket, Belgium's first ever cricket bar.  He also knows a trick or two about Brazilian funky forró mixed with a taste of baião and Maracatu with a pinch of Samba de Gafieira. That's right: exotic music.  Does: counter work

Michiel Van Meervenne
The Groovemeister and Master Farmer

Michiel is our dedicated food expert and co-founder of Kriket, Belgium's first ever cricket bar. 

He also knows a trick or two about Brazilian funky forró mixed with a taste of baião and Maracatu with a pinch of Samba de Gafieira. That's right: exotic music. 

Does: counter work

Anthony Hermans Adventurous & eco-friendly entrepreneur Anthony is driven by projects making a tangible difference. When he's not on the job, he enjoys sports and adventure to rejuvenate himself. You'll find him travelling back and forth between Belgium, Nicaragua and Morocco, to create healthy and environmentally friendly housing solutions. Does: counter work and (small) construction work. Contact him here.

Anthony Hermans
Adventurous & eco-friendly entrepreneur

Anthony is driven by projects making a tangible difference. When he's not on the job, he enjoys sports and adventure to rejuvenate himself.

You'll find him travelling back and forth between Belgium, Nicaragua and Morocco, to create healthy and environmentally friendly housing solutions.

Does: counter work and (small) construction work.

Contact him here.

Texas Vandervliet The adbusting Eddy Merckx Texas can often be found prowling the Brussels streets to 'creatively modify' the ubiquitous ads befouling our bus stations and beautiful facades.  If not, he's probably scuttling about on two wheels to and fro the many projects he is involved in. And occasionally, he goes biking to China, because why not? Does: counter work, labelling and organising workshops, 

Texas Vandervliet
The adbusting Eddy Merckx

Texas can often be found prowling the Brussels streets to 'creatively modify' the ubiquitous ads befouling our bus stations and beautiful facades. 

If not, he's probably scuttling about on two wheels to and fro the many projects he is involved in. And occasionally, he goes biking to China, because why not?

Does: counter work, labelling and organising workshops, 

 
Piet Baeten Grandmaster of 'Het Koekskesmachien' Piet is what we call a 'handige harry'. In addition to being a highly educated engineer, he also knows his way with many a tool in our inventory. He's got a knack for crafting and mending all kinds of devices and will help you with the utmost kindness and sobriety during opening hours.  Does: counter work

Piet Baeten
Grandmaster of 'Het Koekskesmachien'

Piet is what we call a 'handige harry'. In addition to being a highly educated engineer, he also knows his way with many a tool in our inventory.

He's got a knack for crafting and mending all kinds of devices and will help you with the utmost kindness and sobriety during opening hours. 

Does: counter work

Mikhail Vanderperren The nimble handyman Mikhail is our 'gun for hire'. If you need help fixing up something around the house, he's your man. Luckily for us, he also offers his services to Tournevie. Does: counter work Contact him here. 

Mikhail Vanderperren
The nimble handyman

Mikhail is our 'gun for hire'. If you need help fixing up something around the house, he's your man. Luckily for us, he also offers his services to Tournevie.

Does: counter work

Contact him here

David Alonso The wandering renovator David is carrying out construction work at his place, causing him to hitch a couch at his friends' places, hence his nickname.  Despite the hard work, he still finds time to help out Tournevie every once in a while during opening hours. Kudos! Does: counter work

David Alonso
The wandering renovator

David is carrying out construction work at his place, causing him to hitch a couch at his friends' places, hence his nickname. 

Despite the hard work, he still finds time to help out Tournevie every once in a while during opening hours. Kudos!

Does: counter work

Michel Van der Auwera The retired handyman Michel has travelled the high seas of tools & construction work in a lifetime career that has provided him with just the right skills for volunteer work at Tournevie.  Michel comes all the way down from Sterrebeek, located outside of the Brussels Capital Region, which goes to show his commitment! Does: counter work, tool repair

Michel Van der Auwera
The retired handyman

Michel has travelled the high seas of tools & construction work in a lifetime career that has provided him with just the right skills for volunteer work at Tournevie. 

Michel comes all the way down from Sterrebeek, located outside of the Brussels Capital Region, which goes to show his commitment!

Does: counter work, tool repair

 
Jelle Vancoppenolle Proud inventor of the Pocket Rocket Master Blaster Don't ask Jelle for any handyman advice. He'd only tell you to weld a brick wall or make a fire pit out of wood. You don't want that confusion. However, he will gladly assist you with a smile during opening hours and supply you with copywriting tips. Even … no, especially if unasked for. Does: counter work, behind-the-scenes font changes on Google Drive. Contact him here.

Jelle Vancoppenolle
Proud inventor of the Pocket Rocket Master Blaster

Don't ask Jelle for any handyman advice. He'd only tell you to weld a brick wall or make a fire pit out of wood. You don't want that confusion.

However, he will gladly assist you with a smile during opening hours and supply you with copywriting tips. Even … no, especially if unasked for.

Does: counter work, behind-the-scenes font changes on Google Drive.

Contact him here.

Laurent Di Nardo Il principe della riparazione Laurent knows every nut and bolt of the tools we have on offer. No wonder he's involved in setting up repair cafés and tool maintenance at Tournevie.  Italians rejoice: if he's around during opening hours, he'll explain you in detail how to break a wall or sand your table interamente in italiano! (though French speakers need not worry ;p) Does: counter work, tool maintenance 

Laurent Di Nardo
Il principe della riparazione

Laurent knows every nut and bolt of the tools we have on offer. No wonder he's involved in setting up repair cafés and tool maintenance at Tournevie. 

Italians rejoice: if he's around during opening hours, he'll explain you in detail how to break a wall or sand your table interamente in italiano! (though French speakers need not worry ;p)

Does: counter work, tool maintenance 

Izabela Czarna The queen of flower power Izabela hails from Poland, and upon discovering our plant-tool hybrid workshop in Rue Haute, quickly set about to rescue our ailing plants.  That means she adds well-needed care for our flora in addition to a radiant demeanour in the workshop. PS: feel free to ask her anything about Samuel Beckett! Does: counter work

Izabela Czarna
The queen of flower power

Izabela hails from Poland, and upon discovering our plant-tool hybrid workshop in Rue Haute, quickly set about to rescue our ailing plants. 

That means she adds well-needed care for our flora in addition to a radiant demeanour in the workshop. PS: feel free to ask her anything about Samuel Beckett!

Does: counter work

Audrey Cottin  

Audrey Cottin
 

 
Wouter Jacobs

Wouter Jacobs

Gael Renard

Gael Renard

Steven Boits

Steven Boits


Volunteers Missing In Action

Jan Keustermans The Self-Educated Tool Wizard Probably holds a world record in acquiring tool wizardry mostly on his own - and thanks to a lot of YouTube videos.  After dabbling in studies in politics, and a stint in the federal government, has spread his wings in search of grassroots experiences elsewhere in the world.

Jan Keustermans
The Self-Educated Tool Wizard

Probably holds a world record in acquiring tool wizardry mostly on his own - and thanks to a lot of YouTube videos. 

After dabbling in studies in politics, and a stint in the federal government, has spread his wings in search of grassroots experiences elsewhere in the world.

Damiaan De Jonghe Tournevie's Bike Aficionado Coined the brand name and conjured the Tournevie logo into existence. When he's not communicating about the car gridlock in Brussels, he's often found in the RSCA Football stadium or drinking good coffee. 

Damiaan De Jonghe
Tournevie's Bike Aficionado

Coined the brand name and conjured the Tournevie logo into existence.

When he's not communicating about the car gridlock in Brussels, he's often found in the RSCA Football stadium or drinking good coffee. 

Gaëlle Smedts The committed engineer After supporting a great deal of citizen's initiatives in Brussels and Belgium, including Tournevie, Gaëlle has embarked on a new adventure in Cologne, Germany.  Viel Glück!  

Gaëlle Smedts
The committed engineer

After supporting a great deal of citizen's initiatives in Brussels and Belgium, including Tournevie, Gaëlle has embarked on a new adventure in Cologne, Germany. 

Viel Glück!

 

Itzel Lusenti 'Luske' Itzel joined us at the start on behest of Anthony, when we still muddling about and experimenting in our first location at MicroMarché. Since we moved to the Rue Haute, other priorities in life have commanded her attention. 

Itzel Lusenti
'Luske'

Itzel joined us at the start on behest of Anthony, when we still muddling about and experimenting in our first location at MicroMarché. Since we moved to the Rue Haute, other priorities in life have commanded her attention.