I joined the VZV at the beginning of 2018 because I think it is important to stay in touch with colleagues and to learn from each other.
I graduated from the School of Translation and Interpreting in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 1989. After working with a translation agency as an in-house translator for a few years, I left the translation world to work for an information technology business for 15 years, where I served as a technical writer and copywriter, information designer, web editor, and trainer. Translation, however, has always been my real passion and in 2007 I set up my own business as a full-time freelance translator, translating from English and German into Dutch, specializing in advertising (transcreation), fashion, art, and travel and tourism.
I am also a member of the Netherlands Association of Interpreters and Translators (NGTV) and the American Translators Association (ATA), and I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and a Chartered Linguist (Translator English into Dutch).