I am an associate partner for Decisio since 2013, active as a project manager and policy advisor for more than 35 years, mainly in the public administration and infrastructure/traffic/mobility sectors. I always try to make the connection between the policy process, the administrative level and the implementation, both in terms of process and content. I have fulfilled many different roles in professional organisations, both within the government and at consultancies (including KPMG and Atos) and project organisations. Within my projects and advice, therefore, knowledge building, professional development and learning from each other are always central. I therefore feel at home at Decisio, with socially relevant projects in the fields of spatial economy, mobility, infrastructure and ‘market, government and society’.
I am married to Linda and we live in Belgium, in the Burdinale and Mehaigne nature reserve, where we like to take walks with our two German shepherds through grain fields and forests and along streams that flow to the Meuse. The Ardennes are also nearby. Three of our four sons are already ‘out the door’.
Among other things, I am involved in administrative organisation and effectiveness. For example, I’ve carried out administrative power studies in the Leiden region, and together with Decisio and three professors we’ve investigated the effect of administrative boundaries on the economic performance of regions.
In the past 10 years, however, the focus of my consultancy work has increasingly been on what is ‘so common’ in the Netherlands, but internationally considered to be ‘very special’…the bicycle! The most effective solution for urban accessibility and air quality problems, which is also good for your health, your wallet and the environment. As process manager for the national program ‘Bicycle traffic jam free!’, I helped to put the concept of ‘cycle highways / express cycle routes’ on the map, and also helped to realise a large number of these routes. It is important that they not only appear on the ‘physical map’, but also on the ‘mental map’. In that context, I am also involved in many projects in the field of cycling infrastructure and encouragement, including as a consultant to organizations such as ‘Tour de Force’, Maastricht Bereikbaar and the province of North Holland. Together with Decisio, I have also developed the methodology for SCBA (Social Cost-Benefit Analysis) of cycling (infrastructure) projects, and I am involved in practical applications. In addition, I regularly give workshops on bicycle policy/infrastructure, among others for municipalities, provinces, Fietsersbond, European Cyclists Federation (ECF), Velocity and National Cycling Congress.