‘Self-made man’  might be the general description most aptly summarizing my work history. My profile: an innovative maverick and an idealist.

I started working at the age of 16 in unskilled jobs. At the age of 20, I started working with juveniles (1975), after which I became the head of department of the PBC (the Dutch Psychiatric Pre-trial Assessment Clinic) for 10 years. I am also an experienced and educated coach and supervisor (Leidse School voor Coaching, de Baak).

Between 1988-2015, I was director of several houses of detention, prisons for men and woman and director of the Forensic Psychiatric Centre of the Dutch Prison System. My last position was as a warden of several penitentiary institutes for long-term (including life-time) incarcerated persons.

For over 15 years, I’ve been involved in international knowledge exchange projects within the scope of incarceration and human rights with Russia, former Soviet-countries, Great Britain, the Caribbean and the USA. This international involvement sometimes occurs on my own initiative, but I’ve also worked with the Dutch ministry of Justice, NGO’s like the Global Initiative on Psychiatry and Mainline and the Council of Europe.

Toon Walravens and I created the foundation of Recovery and Return (Stichting Herstel en Terugkeer) in 2011. This foundation brings together victims, perpetrators, families and professionals and supports Restorative and Transformational Justice.