The Dutchlink Board was inaugurated in 2003 with representatives from three pillars - Business, Social and Cultural. Currently the Board is chaired by Bert Bardoel. His colleagues on the Board are Akky van Ogtrop, Annerie van Maarschalkerweerd, Maarten Platenkamp, Jaap Sonnemans en Lieke Scherbeijn. Lia Hollemans is the Executive Manager and she manages the day-to-day operations of Dutchlink and is its central point of contact.
The Government is represented via Netherlands Consul-General Willem Cosijn. Mr Cosijn has an advisory role to the Board.
Born in the Netherlands, Bert arrived in Australia in the mid eighties, is married with two children and currently living on Sydney's North Shore.
Bert completed his MBA at the AGSM and UNSW Australian School for Business in 2009 Bert Bardoel is an Executive Director with Ernst & Young in Sydney.
After travelling around the world, Sydney turned out to be Lia's final destination. With a background in communications and PR with a focus on (online) media, Lia is keen to work on Dutchlink communications. Having worked as a freelance communications consultant and as a project manager, she is looking forward to all upcoming Dutchlink projects and events.
Akky van Ogtrop (born in The Netherlands), graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands and has a Masters Degree Fine Arts, Sydney University. As a director and manager of major arts events Akky has proven experience as an arts administrator and creative manager with extensive contacts and national and international project experience.
Maarten moved from the USA to Australia in 2010. He is now Head of Marketing & Partnerships at digital creative agency Lash Creative where he grows the agency's client portfolio by driving business impact through innovation and by putting the consumer at the heart of everything they do.
Annerie moved to Sydney permanently in 1984. Since Febuary 1986 she has been employed as an International BFA Flight Attendant. She combines this with het consultancy job for Exclusive Relocation - a small, boutique company that specialises in relocation and home search services in Sydney and Melbourne.
After finishing the Hotel Management School in Maastricht Jaap has travelled the world to explore his passion for wine by working at wineries around the globe. He has worked in the wine industry in Europe and Australia since 2001 and is now working as an independent consultant to several wine and craft beer companies from around the world.
Lieke moved to Sydney in 2010 after travelling the world. She is a qualified Hospitality Management professional with extensive experience in Events Management and managing Key Accounts. After 4 years at the Netherlands Consulate General – working closely with Dutchlink – she moved to Australia’s longest established professional Conference organiser: ICMS Australasia.