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Aug 2009Present

Owner and Director

PLR Consultancy

PLR Consultancy focuses on delivering services to the Education sector. Its main area of business is improving the logistics in education ("onderwijslogistiek"), which is in fact a version of BPR, with the goals and missions of educational institutions in mind.

As senior consultant I'm involved in projects at Tilburg University and Maastricht University. At the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences (HvA), I delivered several trainings and am currently working on a proposal to commence the work on building interfaces between the Student Record System and scheduling software. All three evolve around improving processes and internal selling of proposed solutions and proposed changes. Furthermore they touch various parts of the institution's business and involve working with different teams. As the senior project manager in Tilburg and Maastricht I have to manage different teams and people, while at the same time ensuring that the external supplier of the scheduling software involved delivers on time.

Nov 2007Aug 2009

Sales and Marketing Manager EMEA & Americas

Scientia Ltd

Achievements and Responsibilities:

  • Manage a team of 5 people
  • Ensure all regions have healthy pipelines for the next 12 months
  • I exceeded overall target in 2007 and 2008
  • The overall target for 2007 was £2.1M and I achieved £2.214M. The overall target in 2008 was £2.65M and I achieved £2.77M
  • I exceeded my personal target in 2007 and 2008
  • My personal target for 2007 was £750k and I achieved £792k. My personal target for 2008 was £450k and I achieved £727k.
  • In 2008 the team I was responsible for brought in more than 80% of company sales
  • I have a 'customers first' attitude which moved the company towards focusing on providing solutions that accelerate growth and address the needs of customers
  • The market share in the Netherlands grew to over 70% of all the Universities and over 50% of HE Colleges
  • Project Manager for the implementation of Syllabus Plus at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Jan 2004Nov 2007

Country Manager and Senior Consultant

Scientia Ltd

Achievements and Responsibilities:

  • Oversaw business operations in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Norway
  • I exceeded targets in 2004 and 2006
  • My target in 2004 was £300k and I achieved £421k. My target in 2006 was £600k and I achieved £748k
  • I spent most of 2005 on implementations in the Netherlands and Norway - in particular at the Hogeschool INHOLLAND (the second largest HE institution in the Netherlands) and Tromsø University (the last Norwegian University that hadn't bought Syllabus Plus)
  • Set the trend for Scientia to move to selling solutions instead of just software
  • Project manager for implementations at Hogeschool INHOLLAND, Tromsø University and Karel De Grote-Hogeschool (Antwerp)
Dec 2000Dec 2003

Consultant and Account Manager

Scientia Ltd

Achievements and Responsibilities:

  • Implementing and selling Syllabus Plus Scheduling Software in Northwest Europe
  • Exceeded targets in 2002 and 2003.
  • My target in 2002 was £200k and I achieved £234k. My target in 2003 was £250k and I achieved £300k
  • Sales to 3 Norwegian Universities and 3 HE Colleges (of which 2 have received University status since then)
  • Sales to a number of major institutions in Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Training users in Belgium (in Dutch and French), Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway
  • Implementations at (amongst others) Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen / Mechelen University College, Agder University, Stavanger University, Bergen University, NTNU Trondheim, Hogeschool Utrecht / Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam University
Jun 1997Dec 2000

Scheduling Co-ordinator

University of Groningen

Achievements and Responsibilities:

  • Project manager for the implementation of Syllabus Plus Scheduling Software
  • Scheduling Coordinator for one of the University Campuses
  • Improving business processes with the help of Syllabus Plus
  • Standardising scheduling processes throughout the University
May 1997Oct 1999

Project Manager

Foundation “Plattelandsvernieuwing & Zorg”

Achievements and Responsibilities:

  • Setting up health care farms for handicapped people
  • Organising seminars about health care farms
  • Identifying opportunities to get subsidies
  • Writing tender responses to get subsidies



Mike Smith

Mike was in charge of Sales & Marketing at Scientia Ltd before me and stimulated me to take over his position when he left.

Stephen Bartlett

During most of my career Stephen was my superior and together we ensured the business grew. He's happy to act as reference.

Personal Information

Date of Birth16 December 1972

Place of BirthLeiden


Marital Status: Engaged



I studied Management & Organisation at the University of Groningen and my final research project was to do with the use of IT in educational institutions. Since then I have gained over 10 years experience in the Public and Education Sector. I have an excellent track record in delivering and selling solutions to customers and opening new markets. In my various roles I was personally responsible for growing the number of Scientia Ltd. customers in the Netherlands from 3 to 21 (i.e. more than 70% of Dutch Universities and more than 50% of HE Colleges are now Scientia customers). I have always combined selling and managing implementations. This allowed me to build good customer relations and gain further experience in changing business processes that come with implementing resource optimisation solutions.

Running my own company I have managed to show that, despite the current economical downturn, I can grow the business by providing excellent services and going the extra mile.

I'm self-motivated, professional, enthusiastic, a team player and have a 'can do' attitude. With over 10 years of experience in the education sector I have seen the sector from various perspectives. I have held different roles: scheduling coordinator, trainer, implementation consultant, sales manager and project manager. This gives me unique knowledge and excellent contacts.


Dutch (mother language)

English (fluent in speaking and writing)

French (good in speaking and writing)

German (good in speaking and writing)


Diving, travelling, cooking, reading and watching movies. I enjoy experiencing different cultures and countries and the differences they offer compared to life in Europe.


Dec 2005Present

PRINCE2 Foundation Course

Twice Interaction Trainings