About the SVB

The organisation

The SVB has a clear and efficient organizational structure

The SVB is also flexible, which means that we can adapt quickly to new tasks and developments in society. We do this with a workforce of some 4,000 expert staff. Wherever possible, we incorporate new implementing tasks into our existing organization, but if necessary, we adjust our organization in order to provide the best possible service.

  • The Board of Directors

    The Board is accountable to the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment for the SVB’s performance. Meet the three members of the Board.

    Simon Sibma

    Simon Sibma
    Simon Sibma (1960) is Chair of the Board of Directors of the SVB. ‘Our clients can rely on us to receive what they are entitled to, be it their AOW pension, child benefit, personal care budget or another benefit we are responsible for. I am committed to making this as easy as possible, both for citizens and our staff.’ Before joining the SVB, Simon Sibma was director of the Central Judicial Collection Agency (CJIB). He also worked for the Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) in various capacities, including as director of the Tax Help Line. Simon studied Fiscal Economics at the university of Groningen.

    Additional position:

    • Board Member, Stichting Pensioenregister foundation
    • Member of the Audit Committee of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA)
    Ruud van Es

    Ruud van Es
    Ruud van Es (1959) is a Member of the Board of Directors. 'At the SVB, we continually strive to improve the service for our clients. Together we ensure that citizens are aware of and receive what they are entitled to.' Ruud van Es has been a Member of the Board since 1 May 2016. He started working at the SVB in 2005. Before joining the Board of Directors, he was Director of Client Operations for three years. A lawyer by trade, Ruud van Es also worked for Detam and Cadans industrial insurance associations and the Institute for Employee Benefit Schemes (UWV).

    Coen van de Louw

    Coen van de Louw
    Coen van de Louw (1963) is a Member of the Board of Directors. ‘A client-oriented and efficient implementing organization that people like working for. I would be delighted to be able to contribute to that.’ Coen van de Louw has been a Member of the Board since April 2015. Before that, he was director of the General Inspectorate of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. An economist by trade, Coen van de Louw has previously held positions at the Ministry of Finance, the Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) and the municipality of Amsterdam.

    Additional position:

    • Member of the Supervisory Board of the RINIS foundation
  • List of department directors
    Audit DepartmentRonald van Rijswijk
    Communication & InformationWerner van Bastelaar
    Personal Budget departmentChristine Nijkamp
    Client Service OperationsBas van Delden
    Finance & ControlJan Mulder (a.i.)
    HR, Facilities & Purchases and Contract ManagementMarleen Hofstede (a.i.) 
    ITRikky van Osch
    Legal AffairsChristward Gradenwitz
    Strategy and External RelationsFloris Bannink (a.i.)

  • Advisory Council

    The Advisory Council advises the Board of Directors on decision making concerning matters of strategic importance to the organization. The Advisory Council can provide advice either on request or on its own initiative, and also acts as a sounding board for the Board of Directors. The Advisory Council is composed of the following members:

    Mr B. Wientjes


    Mr P.A.M. Boomkamp


    Mr J. van der Werf


    Ms S.M.J.G. Gesthuizen


    Mr R. Paas

  • SVB Client Council

    The SVB Client Council is composed of a number of SVB clients. Are we reaching the people we want to reach? Are the rules about living with a partner clear enough? These are just two examples of subjects that the SVB Client Council concerns itself with, providing the SVB with suggestions and advice, both on its own initiative, and on request.

    As a discussion partner for the Board of Directors, the Client Council helps to improve the quality of our services, for example by making suggestions and providing feedback on signals and complaints from clients. The Client Council meets four to six times per year. In addition, diverse working groups meet a few times per year to prepare recommendations.