Vanlerenberghe is an engineer by training, having studied at the Institut Catholique d'Arts et Métiers in Lille and holding a degree from the Centre des Hautes Études de la Construction. He worked in Arras for the Public Works Commission, also holding jobs from 1964 to 1974 at Rhone-Poulenc-textile and the Centre d'Études Supérieurs Industrielles.
From 1981 to 1986, he led the Fédération Nationale du Crédit Mutuel Agricole et Rural in Paris; from 1990 to 1993, he directed the Conseil en Développement d'Entreprises et Ressources Humaines.
Having won reelection as mayor in 2008 with broad cross-party support, he left his post in February 2011 in favor of his successor, fellow Mouvement démocrate politician Frédéric Leturque.
- Vice-President of Mouvement démocrate
- Senator for Pas-de-Calais
- Member of the Municipal Council of Arras
- Member of the Urban Community of Arras
- Mayor of Arras
- President of the Urban Community of Arras
- Deputy to the European Parliament
- Member of the French Parliamentary Delegation for the European Union
- Member of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Health Policy
- Regional counsellor for Nord-Pas-de-Calais
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