After graduating from highschool in 1991 I studied Philosophy at the universiy. The first website I built was published in October 1998. Apart from my work at Josepha.nl, I've held several positions at Utrecht University, Corporate Office Information and Technology Services (ITS), such as project manager, demand manager, and my current position is software asset manager.
Computers began to attract my attention when I was about 15 years old, when we had a Macintosh Classic at home. The use of a graphical interface to organize everything was amazing, and we can't image life without it today. The first computer I bought for myself was a Windows-machine though; I bought it in 1997. I worked and played a lot with computers ever since. In 2003 I gave a computer training for beginners, that I developed myself, and some of the computers I used at home I built from scratch from components.
In 1991 I met the founder of Knoware, one of the first internet providers in the Netherlands. He was in the process of setting up his business, and I helped him with the administration. He told me a lot about the internet, and the possibilities it offered. Everyone would have a voice, no-one would be limited by boundaries, taboos and censorship. I especially liked (and still like) the idea of communities. In 1997 I joined a BBS, a system where the members can exchange digital messages via a telephone line. The web forum was not yet invented. Some time after that, I joined several mailinglists. In this time, I started to build websites.
Curious and eager to learn
I basically taught myself how to build websites. A friend showed me a few principles of building websites, and I searched for more information and experimented a lot. The way a (good) website is organized intrigues me; this is the same way as in a (scientific) article or book. You can easily find your way, and know at a glance who the owner of the website is, and what he or she has to offer.
I like setting up something new, and hand the completed project over to someone for everyday maintanance. In every project, big or small, one runs into unexpected situations, and I like examining them and solving problems. I've completed the Prince2 Practitioner Training, a project management method, which helps me structure any project at the university and for Josepha.nl.
When someone has a question or a problem, I like to help them find an answer or a solution, by actively looking for alternatives and unexpected angles. It's one of my specialities to help someone that's starting up a business to find their identity and to create a style for their business, a so-called corporate identity.
Utrecht University (1 January 2000 - present)
- Since 2016, I am the university software asset manager; in coordination with the faculties, library and corporate offices, we assess the software needs of the university, we create and update the policies, processes and systems and I organize the realisation of the software licenses and, with the help of the application packagers, the installation on the appropriate platforms.
- From 2014 until 2016, I was a fulltime project manager.
- From 2010 until 2014, I was demand manager ICT for the Corporate Office (with ˜800 employees). I wrote the policies, the information plan and the financial planning, I was in frequent contact with the managing director and with all the departments in order to assess the IT demands, and I coordinated the service delivery within the university and with vendors. Apart from this, I was also still a project manager.
- From 2005 until 2010, I was management assistent and project manager at the Corporate Office ICT. I set up and coordinate the secretariat and I manage small ICT projects. Also, I manage and edit the digital newsletter and the website.
- From January 2004 until 2006 I was the webmaster of the Vrouwennetwerk UU (Women's network) and I helped my co-workers at the network when they had questions or problems regarding the computer.
- From September 2003 until 2007 I was project manager of the UU Secretaries Network; I researched the possibilities of knowledge management and made them available, such as a website, a mailinglist and meetings.
- From September 2003 until June 2005 I coordinated the merge of two departments of the Faculty of Chemistry. After the merge, I coordinated the secretariat of the new department, and revised and maintained the website.
- From July 2000 until June 2005 I took the initiative to set up an intranet website and a mailinglist for a specific user group in the Faculty of Chemistry. I set up and maintained the website and mailinglist in this period of time.
- From 1 January 2000 until September 2003 I set up and coordinated the secretariat of a new department of the Faculty of Chemistry, and revised and maintained the website.
Werklozenbond ('Union for the unemployed', 1 November 1997 - April 2004), an advocacy group for the unemployed, based in Utrecht. I set up and maintained the website, helped improve the internal communication, was involved in political activities, edited a lot of articles for our newsletter, set up the administration of the members, and gave a computer training. From 1998 until April 2004 I was a member of the board (secretary), and as such the employer of the two employees of the Werklozenbond. (Most of the people who worked there were volunteers.)
ADHD stichting (end 2002 - 2006), an advocacy group for people with ADHD. As a member of the board (secretary) I helped develop our vision and strategies, and I made some changes to the website. We made connections with other organizations and convinced them to work together internationally and to use knowledge management.
Schakels (March - May 2003), consultancy organization for volunteers in the Province of Utrecht. I gave a computer training that I developed myself for a group of clients of Schakels.
Vrijwilligerscentrale Utrecht ('Volunteers Central Utrecht', 1998), consultancy and 'employment' organization for volunteers. I was an 'intermediary' for volunteers who looked for a voluntary job, and I helped my co-workers when they had questions or problems regarding the computer.
Knoware (1992 - 1995), starting internet provider. In the first year, I helped with the administration, and later on I incidentally did some small jobs for Knoware.
- Good language skills
- Working fast, accurately and in an organized way
- Cooperative, honest and straightforward
- Willing to take initiative
- Good at giving and receiving criticism
- Strong sense of justice, eager to stand up for others, advocacy
Listening to music, singing (in a choir or solo), reading, writing, cooking, editing Wikipedia