My Mission

You’ve got two chances in life, the second one starts when you realise you’ve only got one.

My private life has not been easy. I’ve had many challenges to deal with. More times than I can count, people have asked me; “how can you still smile? It’s a miracle you are still standing and functioning”. I lost my teenage son and almost lost my daughter. I’m sure some ex-colleagues have seen me lose my temper once or twice during those stressful times.

It did make me wonder though…..’how can you still smile…’. Because till this day, I still do and I genuinely still enjoy life and working with people. So I wondered; ‘if I could find out what the secret is, I might be able to support other people with it’.

Even when I thought I was alone

At the end of the day, I figured it had everything to do with the fact that I worked and lived around and with people. Always within the context of a team. Even when I thought I was alone. Even when I was feeling extremely lonely. Luckily it’s in my nature to be open about what happened and happens to me. And that’s how the teams that surrounded me were my survival. I could fall back on them. They supported me and made me laugh, even when there was nothing to laugh about. I learned from my teammates - they had my back and sometimes they did not. But they were always a huge mirror and reflected what I needed to learn, wanted to learn.
You might think you can move faster alone, yet together you will get further.

How to act

Another discovery that has had a huge impact on me, is the fact that I have always been very aware of who I am - my behaviour, the mistakes I’ve made and the things that have worked for me. My Dutch nature has given me the courage to explore and take a risk or two. My background in topsports has taught me to persevere, to never give up, to see pain as a gain and focus on my strengths. And to enjoy it while it lasts.

It ended up in a career I can proudly look back on, despite the mountains I had to climb. I would not trade it with anyone! I embraced my pain and see it as the best schooling a human could ever have. And a source of endless inspiration. It’s all about finding your balance in life. It keeps me curious and hungry for more challenges. Most of all, it makes me conscious of being human.

But there’s more…

The world is full of people who want to thrive, that want to live a life that is satisfying and rewarding. We want to mean something, not just to ourselves but to others, to our community, with the work we do day by day. And we want it to last, not just a day but longer, maybe even a lifetime, or leave a legacy. We need to experience what it means to be human….among other humans. This is what I want to contribute to. In business, in healthcare, in education, in any line of work where people need people to create a world that inspires, supports and maybe can give us a little bit of a wake up call, so we can learn and grow.

Our logo tells the story of our company, our passion and our ambition.
Our logo says it all! So before you read on…. What do YOU see in our logo?