ELP is a safe space for reflecting on leadership, especially for those who are chronically overloaded and yet are aware that they benefit from taking time to reflect.
- With peers at roundtables, to serve as a remedy for the sense of loneliness leaders can feel at times and to look beyond the limits of their own organization and industry.
- With a moderator, so participants can let go of the process and focus on the content.
- With good food and wine to facilitate the conversation.
- With no other concern than the quality of the meeting.
- With a speaker to entice reflection and stimulate the thought process.
- Those in the boardrooms.
- Those that hope to get there.
- Those that often visit boardrooms as professionals but do not live there.
Twan van de Kerkhof
Twan van de Kerkhof founded the European Leadership Platform in 2003. He is passionate about leadership, loves asking penetrating questions and is an experienced moderator and facilitator.
Before founding ELP, Twan was a journalist for 15 years, working for the Dutch Press Agency, as an independent journalist and as editor-in-chief of the magazine Management Scope. Twan has written seven books, the latest being ‘The YOU of Leadership’ (2013). He is also the editor of the books that were published in the ELP Leadership Series. Twan is an avid cook and a wine enthusiast. He is living in Landsmeer, near Amsterdam, with his wife Alexandra.
Pauline provides administrative support, keeping everything running behind the scenes and asking the difficult questions that keep our saw sharp. She has almost thirty years experience in administrative support and is the primary contact for any questions about invoicing and membership. She is enthusiastic about Nonviolent Communication as described in Marshall Rosenberg’s books. Following courses in this topic and applying it in her daily life has led Pauline to a deeper understanding of others, and herself.
Saskia Potma joined ELP in January 2018 to support its growth ambition. Saskia is passionate about building value-added communities that share knowledge on a top-professional level. By joining ELP she is looking to realize this ambition and to contribute to further leadership development in the Netherlands.
Saskia started her career in equity markets. She worked for more than 20 years in equity sales and corporate finance roles (1991-2011). After that she was responsible for the positioning and revenue generation of ING’s Corporate Clients department in the Netherlands (2012-2015) . Most recently she worked for Management Scope as a Director of Business Development (2015-2017).
The Advisory Board
Member Supervisory Boards ABN AMRO and Royal HaskoningDHV, Deputy Member Enterprises Section, Court of Appeal Amsterdam
Senior Vice President, Royal Ahold Delhaize; Member Supervisory Board Deloitte NL
ELP’s Roundtables stand out because they are moderated. Each Roundtable has an ELP Moderator to make life easier for participants. The realization that the ELP Moderator is taking care and responsibility for the process allows participants to relax and to focus on the content of the conversation as well as their internal process.
The ELP Moderators’ most important contribution is to be there as they are. The art of moderating lies more in their being than in their doing. By being there and devoting all of their attention and awareness, they help to create a ‘safe container’ in which the dialogue can unfold.
ELP Moderators are experienced business leaders or leadership professionals. They are carefully selected on their level of presence, personal maturity, knowledge of leadership dilemmas, listening skills, deep curiosity, ability to ask penetrating questions and hospitality. These skilled ELP Moderators help our members to get the most out of their dialogue.