From 1998 to 2006 I was employed by TNO Automotive in the Netherlands, where I developed into an expert on traffic related emissions from a scientific perspective. The projects I ran were primarily aimed at research into this area, commonly to support environmental policies. Consequently, my main clients were national and international governments. For example, I was involved in the development of new European emission legislation for trucks by order of the European Commission.

During my time at TNO I gained experience in setting up research projects and practiced consultancy on environmental issues. Together with other European research institutes I supported activities to increase knowledge and data on vehicle emissions. For more information on my background and an overview of projects that I was involved in please refer to my CV.

In the summer of 2006 I moved with my family to the peaceful village Zwiggelte in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands. The reason for this was our desire to move out of the busy ‘Randstad’ area to a place where there still is space and peace in abundance. As a consequence I had to quit my job since the travelling distance would simply be too far. However, I preferred to continue working in the same field, so I chose to become an independent consultant. The flexibility of being independent also allowed me to combine my work with taking care of our two boys, and to spend time on rebuilding and decorating our farmhouse.

Finally I would like to mention that I use 20% of the gross income of Sidekick Project Support on charity, in particular to organisations that promote education and care to disadvantaged children in developing countries. This motivated by my conviction as a Christian that we should freely share our wealth with those that are in need. This a selection of the supported organisations: 
Compassion, Heart for Haïti, Cherith Interntl, Stop Poverty, Harvest India, and Youth with a Mission.