THE TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

A passionate team of experts is working on making historical buildings more sustainable, including churches, forts, student associations, courtyards and homes, both domestically and abroad.

  • Suze Gehem
    Suze Gehem FOUNDER/DIRECTOR

    As a sustainable entrepreneur, Suze is the driving force behind a number of organisations. She was crowned ‘Duurzame Bouwvrouw’ (Sustainable Construction Woman), appears regularly in the media and is a popular speaker and chairman.

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  • José Willemsen
    José Willemsen OFFICE MANAGER/COMMUNICATION/PA SUZE

    José is the point of contact for organisational and internal matters and is also the contact person for interviews and lectures. She works closely with Suze and supports our growing organisation in many areas.

  • Rianne den Ouden
    Rianne den Ouden PROJECT LEADER IMPLEMENTATION/THE GREEN MENU

    Rianne has a background in architecture, renovation and transformation. As project leader of implementation processes, she guides our clients through the process of the implementation in order to achieve a sustainable building. She is also part of the team of De Groene Menukaart(dutch).

  • Jasper Vis
    Jasper Vis ADVISOR/UTILITY INSTALLATION TECHNOLOGY EXPERT

    Developing energy concepts is Jasper’s second nature. As a technical expert, he likes to elaborate the sustainability plans in detail. This way, he works on making theatres, schools and museums future-proof.

  • Tom Huizer
    Tom Huizer OPERATIONS AND INNOVATION MANAGER

    Tom started working for us as an advisor based on his background in sustainable energy technology. Meanwhile, as operations and innovation manager, he makes sure that our daily activities run smoothly. He supports the advisors and manages ‘De Groene Grachten Academy’, in which our knowledge is safeguarded, new tools are developed and training sessions are given.

  • Jill Vervoort
    Jill Vervoort ADVISOR/BUILDING PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING EXPERT

    Jill uses her broad knowledge of building physics and sustainable energy technology for our clients, including sustainable church visions and financing plans for the National Restoration Fund. She works as an advisor on projects, organises walk-in consultations and guides clients in the practical execution of the work.

  • Veerle Valkema
    Veerle Valkema ADVISOR/AREA APPROACH EXPERT

    Veerle works on sustainable energy technologies and systems. As an advisor, she likes taking a deep dive into the content. Veerle is project leader of area-specific sustainability projects, from collective energy system to sustainable quay restoration. She ensures a widely supported plan, good content and an effective cooperation.

  • Gijs Limmen
    Gijs Limmen ADVISOR/UTILITY BUILDING INSTALLATIONS EXPERT

    Gijs is an expert in building installations and circularity in buildings. As a trusted advisor and knowledge carrier, Gijs is involved in various business projects. In the process from ambition determination to a successful end result, he ensures creativity, a critical eye and smooth cooperation.

  • Benjo Zwarteveen
    Benjo Zwarteveen ADVISOR/ENGINEERING AND BUILDING HISTORY EXPERT

    Benjo has a great passion for combining heritage and sustainability. With his background in both engineering and building history, he focuses on the possibilities of sustainability within the context and framework of cultural heritage.

  • Kyra Koning
    Kyra Koning VABI MODELLER

    Kyra works on building simulations and models for monumental buildings, with which the sustainable energy concepts can be calculated in more detail and assessed in terms of feasibility.

  • Tessel de Rooij
    Tessel de Rooij PROJECT LEADER/THE GREEN MENU/MARKETING EXPERT

    Tessel has broad experience in involving and activating homeowners in sustainability. As project leader, she works closely together with various organisations and governments on the realisation of sustainability objectives. Contact Tessel if you would like to know more about The Green Menu.

  • Mathijs den Uijl
    Mathijs den Uijl MECHANICAL ENGINEERING INTERN

    Mathijs studies Mechanical Engineering at Windesheim Flevoland. For his graduation internship, he is creating an advisory report on making a monumental building more sustainable with a focus on installation techniques and 3D building simulations.

  • Dylan Smit
    Dylan Smit MECHANICAL ENGINEERING INTERN

    Dylan studies Mechanical Engineering at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in Delft. During his internship, he contributes to the advice that is drawn up by applying his knowledge of installation technology.

  • Anne Molenaar
    Anne Molenaar PROJECT ASSISTANT

    Anne has a background in Environment and Resource Management and a great passion for sustainability and nature-inclusive building. Within De Groene Grachten, she contributes to the further development of The Green Menu.

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FOUNDATION

Through our Foundation, we continue to work on the inspiring ideas that once started it all. For example, we have developed an education programme for children about making buildings more sustainable.

  • Wubbo Ockels
    Wubbo Ockels INITIATOR

    With De Groene Grachten, Wubbo Ockels wanted to show that even canal houses can be made more sustainable. If it can be done here by the canals, it can be done anywhere! Over time, his idea has grown into a healthy, fast-growing organisation.

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  • Maurits Groen
    Maurits Groen CHAIRMAN

    Maurits Groen is one of the most passionate sustainable entrepreneurs in our country. “This is the new generation of expert, driven people shaping the transition to true sustainability. Sustainability used to be considered expensive, annoying and tedious. These young entrepreneurs tackle the problems with élan, skill and joy”, says Maurits.

  • Joos Ockels
    Joos Ockels SECRETARY/TREASURER

    Joos Ockels is secretary-treasurer of the Foundation. “Every little step has meaning, so long as it is a step in the right direction. Here is a new generation that does not wait for politics, but just wants action. I think it’s great to see how ‘De Groene Gasten’ proliferate Wubbo’s ideas every day.”

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