Team

Wietse van der Werf

Executive Director
With work experience at various conservation organizations in more than 10 countries during the past 25 years, Wietse is responsible for the organizational development within the Sea Ranger Service, fundraising and attracting internal expertise to ensure the safety and effectiveness of deploying Sea Rangers at sea.

Beth Thoren

Chair of the board
Following top management positions at ClientEarth, RSPB and the BBC, Beth has accumulated a wealth of experience in the administrative and management fields over the past 27 years.

Frank de Bekker

Secretary of the board
After 25 years as a business banker and HR director, Frank now uses his expertise to keep the Sea Ranger Service on course.

Eric Schunselaar

Treasurer
Eric is a Rotterdam-based entrepreneur and owner of diving school Het Duikhuis. After working for years in the investment business, he now directs the initiative from his financial expertise.

Effie Baert

General Manager
Besides being experienced in event production for over two decades, Effie has been involved in various startups and brings unique management skills within the Sea Ranger Service.

Eefje Verhoeven

Operations Manager
From the age of seventeen, Eefje sailed around the world as first mate and captain, after which she continued her impressive career as an onshore and safety manager for shipping companies, as captain for Rijkswaterstaat and as senior route analyst at MeteoGroup. The ideal background for the role of Operations Manager in which she is the indispensable link between shore staff and the operational service.

Kees de Vries

External Affairs
Former director of one of the Netherlands largest maritime employers organizations. With this professional background, Kees is now an integral part of the Sea Ranger Service and coordinates external relations with government agencies and investors.

Gerie Smit

Communications & PR
Gerie likes to combine her passion for the sea with her knowledge of communication and media. She sails around Europe just as easily as she puts together a radio program. For the Sea Ranger Service she is responsible for all online communication and contact person for the press.

Teale Phelps Bondaroff

Researcher
Dr. Phelps Bondaroff is an expert in illegal fishing, and his work has played a central role in efforts to redefine illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as organized crime. Located in beautiful British Columbia (Canada), he gladly applies his extensive research skills to support the work of the Sea Ranger Service.

René Ypenga

Captain
The sea fascinated René from a very young age, but it took him 31 years to leave the solid ground behind and set sail as a professional. He worked on everything that moves on water; from coasters and tugs to traditional sailing ships with guests. He no longer needs to teach the passengers more environmental awareness, as that is kind of self-evident on a Sea Ranger vessel!

Andrea Vestering

First Mate
After a technical career, Andrea got into school as a technical teacher in 2000. She got out of the classroom 14 years later to get her First Mate certificate in Enkhuizen. Since then she stood behind the helm of various sailing ships around the world. But to really close the school doors behind her, she needed nothing less than the chance to sail with eager Sea Rangers on her beloved Tooluka.

Lieve Baert

Financial Administrator
With years of experience as a business manager in the art world and financial manager in the industrial design world, Lieve also shapes our financial administration. Whether people make theater, design motorcycles or train Sea Rangers, Lieve likes to ensure that creative people can do their job without the risk of creative accounting.

Jan van Zijtveld

Financial Advisor
After a long career, from boilerbee on deep-sea shipping to financial manager in the non-profit sector, Jan recently retired early. Fortunately, we met him just in time at VBDO, the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development - our downstairs neighbors in Utrecht. Jan likes to offer his extensive knowledge and experience to arrange the financial matters around our social enterprise to the decimal point.

Kim Bontes

Logistics Coordinator Bootcamp
With more than 10 years experience as a project manager and event producer Kim brings much needed knowledge and gives guidance to the logistical preparations and execution of the Sea Ranger Bootcamp.

Sinem Akgün

Assessment Psychologist
How do you make sure you select the right people for your starting organization? Gutfeeling is important, but the verdict of an assessment psychologist also counts heavily for us. With a lot of fun, sharp questions and practical experience, Sinem Akgün-Smit has been supporting us for quite some time when it comes to selecting the best people!

Onno Nieuman

Liaison Den Helder
After more than 30 years in the Royal Dutch Navy, Onno is still not done with the oceans. As liaison within walking distance of our operational base in Den Helder, he is our helping hand for all kinds of support needed. If he is not working, he also likes to go out to sea on his own sailing yacht.

Anouk de Ruijter

Sea Ranger
She studied nature conservation, but now she wants to make it her job to conserve nature. Adding the deed to the word!

Cedric Van Overstraeten

Sea Ranger
When at home in Flanders, he loves to play with his band. But as a Sea Ranger he loves to protect nature that is very dear to him.

Ingrid Heikoop

Sea Ranger
Sometimes it's quite a search to find your place, Ingrid experienced. Study, travel, or something else altogether? After a long time at the vega(n)-restaurant Spirit in Rotterdam, the Sea Ranger Bootcamp came along. A whole new way to better express her dedication to care for our planet.

Jillis Reijmers

Sea Ranger
Jillis made quite a carreer move. From Dutch teacher to Sea Ranger. From four walls to no walls for as far as his eyes can see. Meanwhile, Jillis is more often behind a helm than in front of a class, so his sea legs will probably be fine.

Josefien Krijgsman

Sea Ranger
Josefien exchanged horsepower for windpower, because her education to work with horses didn't bring what she was looking for. She gave up her job as a waitress when she could start sailing at the Sea Ranger Bootcamp. She just wants to feel the wind in her hair every day!

Maxim Berman

Sea Ranger
Why wait to do what you really want to do until you retire? Maxim exchanged the Amsterdam Zuidas for the North Sea because he doesn't want to wait with doing what he thinks is really important.

Mike Bentvelzen

Sea Ranger
As a host in the hospitality industry, Mike was at the service of his guests. Now he is at the service of the sea!

Naisah Taal

Sea Ranger
She grew up on the coast of Zeeland and was brought up on salty seawater. After studying architecture, she was introduced to the Sea Ranger Service decided to give it shot. It was a good one.

Roy de Waardt

Sea Ranger
During the Sea Ranger Bootcamp, Roy wanted nothing more than to proudly wear the Sea Ranger outfit. He had to overcome many fears and barriers to show what he is made of, but now there he stands. With the Sea Ranger logo on his chest, ready to work hard to get the most out of this opportunity towards a maritime career.

Ward van der Peet

Sea Ranger
Ward is a gardener with a passion for sailing. So he is a Sea Ranger now!