On 1 September 2015, Ms Renata Voss was sworn in as Secretary General of the House of Representatives. The Secretary General advises the House, the President of the House and the Presidium on procedural and constitutional aspects of the House's activities. In addition, she is responsible for the House’s administrative body. During plenary sittings, she is seated at the President's right hand.
The Rules of Procedure confer a number of duties and powers directly on the Secretary General. These duties are laid down in sections 10, 13, 14 and 15 of the Rules of Procedure.
Renata Voss studied Dutch Law at Groningen Universisty and has a background as a lawyer in the education sector. She has worked in the Department of Legislation and Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, initially drafting and coordinating legislation and subsequently as deputy director and finally director. She also held the post of Director of the Accountability Project Department.
In 2004, Voss assumed the role of Chief Inspector at the Inspectorate of Education. In 2009, she became a member of the Executive Board of ROC Albeda College, a regional education institute in Rijnmond with a roll of 22,000 students.
Voss is a married mother of two who lives in Moerkapelle.