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 more than twenty 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.
Floris Alberse believes that everyone can make a difference. He trains leaders and teams in making that very difference. In their organization and in society as a whole. Furthermore, Floris chairs conferences about leadership. And he directs documentaries for the VPRO and NTR. About people who make a difference. What difference do you want to make?
Pieter Jan de Bree’s work is connecting unconnected ideas and minds. He engages people’s energy, ideas and relationships to solve tough and wicked problems.
George Begemann is the best sparring partner for Executives in the Netherlands. “I love to create a safe environment where all can be shared. It creates the best base for your next step.” See georgebegemann.com. Make dreams work.
Johan Bouwmeester is an experienced leader in the public domain with a passion for people. He advocates a value-driven approach in leadership development and organizational change and believes strongly in the creative potential of mankind. See johanbouwmeester.com.
Judith Gunneweg worked for more than 25 years in the international ‘fast lane’ with companies like Shell and EY. She recently started her own company “Ssentia Ontwikkeling”. As a person, I have a deep desire to create a context where people see, feel and act the common sense of connecting leadership with sustainability. See www.ssentia.nl
Josette de Goede combines consultancy and coaching for change with her membership of supervisory boards. Her passion is to find new sustainable balances in the way we organize our world. This demands most probably also a change in our ways of thinking and acting and needs courageous conversations.
As an expedition leader Carin takes leadership teams towards future-proof concepts. “By exploring what can be, we can design our desired futures together.”
Thea Hazel-Stals is an experienced change consultant and program manager for transforming organisations. She was the director of a start-up for financial education for young people, using dialogue and co-creation. See www.changeinaction.nl
Irish, born in Ghana, living now in The Netherlands, I have over three decades of experience as Director Innovation, CEO, Executive Coach and Catalyst in the Business, Research, and NGO sectors. I am passionate about helping leaders create environments in which they, their teams and organisations and ultimately the whole (ecosystem) can flourish. I sense that “we stand at the evolutionary equivalent of what nature created when she gave organisms a neocortex, poised at the edge of an explosion of creativity, a wave that heralds creative revolution” (C Kromme). And know that our ability to hold and step into fresh new conversations and our inner leadership qualities (our “being” qualities) are crucial.
Katinka is member of the Executive Board of De Goudse Verzekeringen, with the portfolios ICT and Innovation. She has strong experience in leading (in) complex transitions and is fascinated by the impact that (authentic) leaders can have in the success or failure of transformations.
Edwin Kuil works as HR-director for the Municipality of Utrecht. “As a moderator I like to create an open and safe environment in which the ELP members can talk freely about whatever arises.”
Renate Kamp, partner at Hollandse Nieuwe, is an experienced consultant and interim manager. She is co-owner of the consultancy and interim organisation ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’. Her main field of interest is organisational change. She brings organisational change processes back to the core, never looses sight on the final purpose and always keeps in mind it’s a people’s business after all.
Sandra van der Maarel has more than 20 years of experience guiding individuals, teams and organizations in profound change processes and leadership development. She has a background in business economics, psychology and therapy (systemic work ao). “Dialogue is the way to improve our human relationships and ways of working together.”
Supporting Transformational Change through executive coaching, teambuilding and organisational development, applying 20 years of international management experience as well as a genuine interest in the right side of the human brain. Herman holds an MSc. of the University of Amsterdam (cum laude) and has been building businesses in Europe, China, India and Brazil for Royal DSM. Herman serves as Associate of Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School. He brings seasoned understanding of intercultural co-operation, both in the sense of national as well as corporate cultures. He likes to challenge, continuously searching for new angles to approach any topic and gets his energy from interacting with people. In this role, he worked at C- and VP-levels with several Fortune 500 companies. Humour and compassion are his drivers.
Martian Slagter, Coach/Trainer Meer Perspectief, has more than 20 years experience as executive (team)coach and consultant. She advises organizations with change management and leadership development.
Angelica Thijssen is Chief HR Officer of Intertrust. She is responsible for HR and CSR. As a person, she is intrigued how people can find the courage to follow their internal compass, to speak their minds and/or to act.
Joop de Vries is an author and scenario planner. “My main area of interest is in ‘planning without numbers’, revolving around mental maps and the use of scenarios. I like to contribute to the development of Europe as a values community, more confident and generous than at present, as a result of inspiring leadership.”
Dorine Wekking is currently active as coach with Quist Leading Humans, as supervisory board member and as facilitator for leadership trails in African nature. She has worked as an executive HR Director for Aon, KPN, Deloitte and Shell. Her passion is to support leaders in their quest and work from their purpose.