Members of the executive board

You can find an overview of the AFM Executive Board here. It currently consists of three members mandated by the articles of association and a Chief Operations Officer (COO).

  • M.W.L. (Merel) van Vroonhoven (Chair)
  • G.J. (Gerben) Everts
  • H.L. (Hanzo) van Beusekom
  • E.M.A. (Ellen) van Schoten (COO)

M.W.L. (Merel) van Vroonhoven (1968)

Merel van Vroonhoven took up the position of Chair of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) on the 1st of April, 2014. As a member of the Board, she is responsible for Compliance & Integrity, the Internal Audit service and the departments of Strategy, Policy and International Affairs, legal affairs and Communications.

From 2009 until the 1st of April 2014, Van Vroonhoven was a member of the Executive Board of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways), where she gained significant experience with working in public/private environments. Prior to her employment with NS, she fulfilled various positions with the bank and insurance company ING, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Until 2007, Merel van Vroonhoven was the director of the collective pension operations of the insurance company Nationale Nederlanden, after which she joined ING Investment Management Europe. There, as a member of the Management Committee, she was responsible for the insurance portfolio and fiduciary asset management, among other things.

Van Vroonhoven strives for diversity within organisations. This stems from her belief that the strength of a business (and society) lies in the fact that every person is unique and different, and that it is the differences that make organisations stronger.

In 2012, Merel van Vroonhoven was elected the top executive woman of the year in the Netherlands. Van Vroonhoven studied Geophysics at the Delft University of Technology (1993) and obtained her MBA degree, with honours, from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau (2000).

Merel van Vroonhoven is married and together they have four children.

G.J. (Gerben) Everts (1971)

Gerben Everts is Board Member of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), starting in 2011. His main areas of responsibility are: regulation of capital markets, infrastructure, asset management, financial reporting, corporate governance and auditing. 

He is a member of the IOSCO, ESRB and IFIAR Boards and Chair of the Monitoring Group.

He came from Dutch asset manager APG and held several ancillary (inter)national positions in the field of financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance for representative organizations of institutional investors.

From 2002 to 2006 he worked in Brussels for the European Commission, DG Internal Market. There he was directly involved, inter alia, in the coordination of the Financial Services Action Plan of Commissioner Frits Bolkestein.

Everts worked from 1998 to 2002 at the Dutch Treasury where he was involved in the introduction of independent public supervision on financial reporting, market abuse legislation and EU Council negotiations on IFRS and takeover bids.

Everts studied both Economics and Law from 1989 to 1996, started as an auditor at Price Waterhouse, and became CPA in 1998.

Everts has 2 children.

J.R. (Jos) Heuvelman (1962)

portret Jos HeuvelmanJos Heuvelman has been a member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) since 1 September 2018. Within the board, he is responsible for the AFM's supervision of the retail market. The retail market includes loans, savings, investments, insurances and pensions.

Heuvelman worked at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) as central banker and as supervisor of the financial sector for (nearly) 33 years. Prior to his appointment at the AFM, Jos Heuvelman was the division director of the Supervision of European Banks. Within the Single Supervisory Mechanism, his division at DNB was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the six big Dutch banks.

At DNB, Jos Heuvelman held a range of management positions in different supervisory divisions, at both national and international level. In these positions, he dealt with banks, insurers, pension funds, investment companies and portfolio managers, among other things. Jos played an instrumental role in various major changes within DNB, including the introduction of the European banking union. He also headed up various international working groups.
Heuvelman studied econometrics in Groningen, economics in Amsterdam and obtained a Master’s degree in financial risk management at the NYU Stern School of Business.

Jos Heuvelman is married with 3 children.

H.L. (Hanzo) van Beusekom (1972)

portrait of Hanzo van BeusekomHanzo van Beusekom has been a member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) since 1 June 2018. Within the board, he is responsible for cross-sector supervision and renewal, with a particular focus on data- and technology-driven supervision.

From 2011 until 1 June 2018, Hanzo van Beusekom was a partner at Clear Conduct, a strategic consultancy specialising in strengthening supervision. In recent years, he has supported more than twenty supervisory organisations in the Netherlands and internationally.

Hanzo van Beusekom previously worked at the AFM from 2003 to 2010, as head of the Supervision Group for major financial institutions and head of Strategic Analysis. Before that, he was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

He has a particular interest in contributing to organisations that create public value. In this, his focus is on change that enhances these organisations’ effectiveness.

Van Beusekom studied economics in Amsterdam and obtained an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He also chairs the Supervisory Board of Oxfam Novib, the largest Dutch NGO specialising in combating poverty and injustice.

Hanzo van Beusekom is married and has two children.

E.M.A. (Ellen) van Schoten (1966)

Since 1 October 2017, Ellen van Schoten has been the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). Ellen is responsible for the business operations, as well as for the AFM’s operating units, Human Resource Management, Facilities Management, ICT, Planning Control and Finance, and Information Management. The COO is responsible for the business operations of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The COO is an Executive Board member not mandated under the articles of association.

From 2006, Ellen worked for the Netherlands Court of Audit. From 2009, she was the Court’s Secretary-General and in this position she was, among other things, responsible for the administrative organisation of approximately 300 professionals. During her time at the Court of Audit, she was focused on strengthening the Court’s role in which innovation played an important role. Before she was appointed Secretary-General, she had been an audit director at the Court of Audit. In this position, she had been in charge of the government-wide accountability audit, resulting in the approval of the central government accounts.

Previously, she had worked as Director Forensic Auditing at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as Deputy Director at the Institute for Research on Public Expenditure. She also held various positions at the Ministry of Finance and at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

In 1999, Ellen obtained her doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the subject control and audit of financial derivatives with non-financial institutions. In addition to her doctorate in economics, she has a postgraduate diploma in Accountancy.

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