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Martine de Munck
Office Manager
+31 (0)6 2712 9450

Proactive | Service-oriented | Office Hub

Martine (1964) has joined Bright & Company from 1st of September 2014. As Office Manager she supports both partners and consultants in their daily work. She is also responsible that everything is running smooth at the office.

Martine has over 30 years working experience as a secretary, and worked as an Executive Assistant in a consultancy organisation in the past 26 years. Martine likes to ‘nurture’ the people whom she is working with, and to ease workload for her colleagues. 
Her strength is to set dates for meetings and appointments that are difficult or complex to plan. Her work is her passion.
In her private life she spends a lot of time with her family (consisting of her husband Cor, and their two children Joost and Lisa, and Akuma the dog.) Every week, she does fitness exercises, and she loves to cook for friends and family. Organising cosy and joyful trips with and for friends and family gives her a lot of energy. Her favourite holiday destination is Greece. Her family’s goal is to discover a new Greek Island every year.

Thoughtful | Connecting| Creative

Ruurd Baane (1974) is an open and charismatic professional, a consultant through and through. His approach is marked by keeping a sharp analytical outlook, asking rigorous questions, setting up a proper dialogue, creating new insights and arriving at creative yet practical solutions. His focus areas are the translation of organisational strategy into people strategy, advising on HR optimisation, guiding HR professionals in their professional and personal development, and the cultural, leadership and behavioural aspects of New Ways of Working.

He worked for several years as an interim HR professional for various organisations. In addition, Ruurd is a successful speaker at conferences, seminars and training sessions, as well as a visiting lecturer at several universities. A true devotee of his profession, Ruurd greatly enjoys getting to the bottom of complex issues. He also publishes books, articles and columns in respected journals, often writing together with colleagues.

Ruurd has two children and enjoys walking, travelling, sports, reading and good food in his spare time.

Before becoming one of the co-founders of Bright & Company, Ruurd worked at KPMG Management Consulting and studied business administration and political science.


Passionate | People-oriented | Involved

Richard Jongenotter (1971) has been working as an organisational consultant for more than 20 years. He specialises in successfully implementing changes in organisations, combining a rational approach with a relational approach. Examples of the kind of rational issues that Richard is often asked to work on are an accurate diagnosis, a clear (business) vision and strategy, the setting up of organisations and drawing up strategies for change.

In addition, Richard specialises in linking relational aspects to rational issues, such as team guidance, development of personal leadership competences and coaching management aimed at letting employees move along in the direction of the desired outcome. He does so in the capacity of advisor, trainer and mentor, often as programme or change manager.

His approach is squarely aimed at getting results. Richard holds a clear mirror up to his clients, motivating them for constructive behaviour. Personable and involved, he makes connections between people without losing sight of the optimum result. Richard works for (international) private and public organisations.

Richard’s sources of inspiration are many: travelling the African continent, photography, art and gardening. One day, he hopes to combine these inspirations with his work of guiding managers in their change tasks at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Richard is a managing partner at Bright & Company. He studied business administration in Nijmegen and completed a Master’s course in psycho-analysis at Human Quality Management in Ghent. He began his career in 1993 at KPMG Consulting. In 2003, KPMG Consulting was absorbed into Atos Consulting under the banner of Atos Origin. Until 2010, Richard was a partner of the People & Change advisory group there. In 2010 he switched to Bright & Company.


Business-oriented | Builder | Trusted

For more than 20 years, Derk Koole (1966)  has advised top management of Dutch, Russian and other organisations in the world with great enthusiasm. He has always combined his work as a consultant with management roles to guarantee that his advice is not only well devised, but also fit for implementation.

Before joining Bright, Derk was a partner at Hay Group. In his position as General Director he developed the market and professionals in Russia and the GOS (a variety of post-Soviet countries). He advised prominent Russian economists on the reciprocal power of western management principles and local work culture and history. In doing so, he: supported medium to large organisations synchronize their structure and strategy, empowered leadership teams to be more effective, designed talent- and management development programs, helped with track and tracing and improvement of work climate and implementing HR and reward systems.

It is Derk’s passion to find those trigger points that make employees want to commit to the mission, vision and strategy within an organization. Doing this in such a way that energy is released to achieve organizational ambitions and maximizing individual talent is what motivates him. Derk always tries to find the solutions that are based on thorough analysis and a deep understanding of the complexity of the organization and the environment in which she wants to excel. His solutions are characterized by their simplicity, comprehensibility and feasibility. He doesn’t shy away from unconventional solutions and critical opinions if they are what the organization needs the most.

Derk is married, has three children and an extensive set of friends he likes to cook for. Derk’s battery is recharged by sports and visiting museums for modern art, concerts and theatre.


Knowledge-junkie | Trends Detective | Curious

Tony Brugman (1982) has been with Bright & Company since 2011. Within the agency he has the position of HR Business Analyst, but in-house we also refer to him as “the Researcher”. In a nutshell, his core business is knowledge, ranging from gathering and analysing to producing and distributing knowledge. As our consultants’ right hand, he looks for inspiring and surprising insights both within and outside our area of expertise every day.

In his spare time, Tony likes to spend time with his family (he is the proud father of a son), playing music (he is a classically trained pianist and played keyboard in a rock band for years) and dancing (he practices the Brazilian dancing martial art of Capoeira).

Before Tony joined Bright & Company, he worked as a researcher for TNO Work & Employment and the Netherlands Centre for Social Innovation (NCSI). There, he completed various research and consultancy projects in the fields of flexible labour, information-driven work and New Ways of Working. He is also one of the brains behind the “Talent Toolkit”. While studying Business & IT at the University of Twente he realised the usefulness and importance of building bridges between different professional disciplines (business administration and ICT).


Sympathetic | Assertive | Explorer

Alma (1990) joined Bright & Company in June 2015.  She has a background in sociology and organisational psychology which helps her unravel and analyse organisational issues;  quick and simple when possible, thorough and well thought-out when necessary.

As a recent university graduate, Alma approaches her work with an open-minded, exploratory and fresh perspective in order to uncover the roots of an organisational problem or issue. She likes to disentangle complex questions, thereby making them more comprehensible for stakeholders. Alma reaches for solutions beyond the obvious, to make them more valuable, tailored and sustainable.
In her spare time Alma likes to be with her friends, whether it is to go to the gym, have a drink on a terrace, go on holiday or enjoy each other's company on the couch or in the kitchen.
During her studies she worked for the University of Leiden. In particular, she very much enjoyed teaching freshmen. Her passion for consulting arose when, during her Masters Social and Organizational Psychology, she worked for a small consultancy firm as a junior consultant. She now wants to expand her knowledge and experience at Bright & Company.

Constructive | Analytical | Innovative

Rob van Dijk (1981) is an experienced and passionate consultant. He enjoys working on challenging issues together and achieving growth in organizations and individuals. Rob has a penchant for innovation and typical for Rob is his drive to provide innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Continuous research and cooperation to achieve progress is what he stands for. In his approach he brings expertise as well as execution power and acts as a partner in crime with a critical attitude.

Clients appreciate Rob for his analytical and critical view combined with a people-oriented approach. With a background in organizational psychology and IT, he combines the hard and soft side of HR in projects. As an expert in the field of people analytics and talent strategy he is an advocate of data-driven insights in determining strategy. Rob has over 8 years of experience as consultant and project manager with many large organizations in the private and public sectors.

Before his time at Bright & Company, Rob worked at Deloitte, FCTB and LTP. Rob has a family with two daughters and is also a musician and avid film fan.


Connector | Enthusiastic | Observant

Kiek Bertels (1976) is an organizational psychologist and engaged senior consultant. She brings international experience in organizational development, HR, training & facilitation, change management and leadership development. Kiek uses a personal approach and has a positive and energetic personality. She is a trusted sparring partner for (senior) management. After working for Bright as a consultant for a year, Kiek decided to join us as an associate in January 2017. 

Kiek has over 14 years of experience in the corporate, technology, government, insurance and finance sectors and is focused on retrieving the underlying questions and needs.  She is able to get people and organizations moving through an appreciative yet straightforward approach and connects to others in a friendly and honest manner.

In her work and personal life she is inspired by Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry; focusing on what works and making an effort to build on that. As a mom of three she knows very well how to combine pragmatic and creative solutions as well as positive directed attention. When she is not working as a consultant Kiek likes to discover new restaurants with her husband, spend time with her kids, have fun with friends or look for her mental and physical boundaries on her yoga mat.

Kiek has previous experience working with Deloitte’s Human Capital Group, Atos KPMG Consulting, Microsoft HQ (USA), PeopleFirm (USA) and Ordina.

Fréderique Speckman


People-oriented | Creative | Interested

For Fréderique Speckman (1970) it’s all about a focus on people. This started when at an early age, she worked for one of the biggest grocery stores in the Netherlands. However, over the years, the focus of client projects she works on has changed from solely retail projects to individual and organizational change questions.

Fréderique has a big interest in people and their development. With her questions, analytical focus and creativity, she knows how to unravel complex issues. Through a calm and enthusiastic approach she knows how to create a trusted environment in which true attention can be given to people and their work. The solutions she provides are practical and can be put to use quickly.

She enjoys exploring and traveling together with her husband and their two daughters. Cooking is also one of her favorite activities, alongside enjoying good food and quality time with friends.  

Since 2016 Fréderique has joined Bright as an associate. She studied Architecture at the Technische Universiteit Delft and completed masterclasses at Human Quality Management in Gent (Belgium). Next to this, she is a Clarity trainer, in which she guides individuals and groups in their journeys. After starting her career as an architect for Ahold and having transitioned into consultancy in 2003 with her move to Stamhuisgroup, she has worked as an independent consultant and coach since 2013.  

Klaas Schouwstra


Innovative | Mobilising | Connecting

For Klaas Schouwstra (1967) change, implementation and optimisation has always been part of his DNA. After having completed several projects in organizational development, he’s fulfilled several HR roles for the Beiersdorf Group. During the many change projects he worked on, his fascination for the interplay between business, technical and human domains has never left him.

Since several years now, Klaas has developed a focus for optimizing HR functions. He enjoys working on projects aimed at professionalizing the HR department and/or optimizing the use of e-HRM functionalities. His talent is to create impact in those situations where the more business/technical focus and the organizational/people focus meet, and to help integrate them in order to create sustainable change.

His family means the world to him. With two smart kids and his wife he is more than happy. He stays in shape by doing fitness and spinning, and he enjoys various types of music with his friends by visiting concerts. From Gregorian to Metal; Klaas is into it.

Since 2016 Klaas joined Bright as an associate. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics and a Master degree in HRM. Furthermore he completed a post doctorate in change management. HR Organisation Effectiveness is his passion.