• HAVO/Atheneum (pre-university education) R.S.G. ‘de Springborn’ 3-year introductory phase, Epe 1985 - 1988
  • Higher Vocational Education at ‘Pascal College’, Apeldoorn 1988 - 1991
  • Policy management specialisation at the Thorbecke Academy (Dutch Academy for Public Management), European Public Management at Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam - specialisation: public relations and political administrative career
  • Public Administration, Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, specialising in public relations and political management, Leiden and Rotterdam 1995 - April 2000


  • Cabinet staff member of the Board of Procurators General
  • People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) member of the municipal council of Leiden and council group leader for six years, Leiden 1999 - 2006
  • Prosecution advisor and substitute head of operations for the prosecutor's office of The Hague, March 1999 - Nov. 2000
  • Public relations officer for the national information service of the Public Prosecutor’s Office/Board of Procurators General, Dec. 2000 - June 2005
  • Parliamentary and departmental contacts advisor (lobbyist), municipality of The Hague, June 2005 - April 2006
  • Alderman, interim bench of the Municipality of Noordwijk April 2006 - February 2013
  • Regional portfolio-holder, Transport, Holland Rijnland (partnership between 15 municipalities in Western Holland), May 2010 - February 2013
  • Alderman, interim bench of the Municipality of Wassenaar, portfolio: spatial planning, the economy, nature, coast and environmental management and deputy mayor, Wassenaar, February 2013 - June 2014
  • Partner and advisor at Dietz Communicatie, strategic communication consultancy, Utrecht June 2014 - 30 March 2015