Member of the Executive Board of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (The Amsterdam School of the Arts)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Born in 1960 in Holland, I studied Dutch Language and Literature in Amsterdam, where I graduated Cum Laude in 1988. After graduation I started working at De Nederlandse Opera, where after two years I became manager of the Opera Choir. In 2004 I left the Opera and became head of the management team at the RoyalConservatoire in The Hague.
In 2008 I went to the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK), where I became Secretary to the Executive Board, under Olchert Brouwer, the then President.
Since October 2010 I have been Vice-President of the Executive Board, together with my colleague, Bert Verveld, who is President. My principal portfolios are education and research, quality control, lectorates, student affairs and accreditations.
The AHK exists of six independent and unique art schools, from the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, to the Reinwardt Academy for cultural heritage studies. As Board we have the final responsibility for these schools; to govern them with an eye on the uniqueness of each school, with an understanding of their differences and with a vision on what we have in common.
My aim as member of the Board is to create the best possibilities for those people who actually do the work: our students, teachers, artistic leaders and directors. That means making sure the management is of high quality, that there is a demanding but safe atmosphere in which the talent of students can be fostered and developed, and that they are well prepared for the outside world that awaits them.
Since 2014 Iam a member of the Executive Board of Elia, as well as treasurer.