Graduated HTS – Nautical.

Started career in 1985 as nautical officer at the shipping company Nedlloyd. Joined the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate in 1993. Carried out duties as Port State Control inspector, Flag state surveyor and team leader of the department Registration, Inspection and Certification.

Decided to enter the maritime commercial industry as Quality Inspector in 2005. Is presently working as Quality Manager at Management Facilities Group in Delfzijl.