NCP members

The Netherlands NCP is an independent organisation that normally consists of four independent members and four advisory members from different government departments. At the moment the NCP consists of five independent members and four advisory members. 

Maartje van Putten
Maartje van Putten, NCP Chair

Since May 2018, Maartje van Putten is the chair for the Dutch NCP.  Maartje joined the NCP in 2013. She is a professional mediator and has held positions at institutions such as the Worldbank and the European Investment Bank (EIB). She was a member of the European Parliament from 1989-1999. She was also the external mediator in the 2012 Arcellor Mittal case for the Luxembourg NCP.

Fred van Haasteren
Fred van Haasteren, NCP member

Fred van Haasteren joined the Dutch National Contact Point in June 2016. He studied law at the Leiden University and did a PhD on the subject ‘Decent Flexibility’ (end 2016). He has been working for a long time in different roles for the Dutch based multinational staffing firm Randstad. The last position at Randstad before his retirment in 2012 was Executive Vice President Social and General Affairs. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW) and Vice President and lately President of the World Employment Confederation / WEC (before CIETT). At the moment he is member of different boards, among which boardmember of SNA (the foundation for standards of labour), which supervises the agency sector in the Netherlands by a system of certification.

Catelene Passchier
Catelene Passchier, NCP member

Catelene Passchier joined the NCP in February 2018. She is the Chair of the Workers’ group of the ILO since she was elected in that position in June 2017. In addition, she is member of the board of the Fair Wear Foundation. She studied law at Utrecht University, was a barrister in Amsterdam  from 1981 – 1988, and then became a policy adviser for the FNV in the areas of labour law, industrial relations, international affairs, equalities and migration. In 2003 she was elected Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Brussels. In 2010, she joined the executive board of the FNV, first as coordinator of collective bargaining and social dialogue, and then until May 2017 as its vice president.

Melanie Peters
Melanie Peters, NCP member

Melanie Peters joined the NCP in August 2014. She is currently (January 2015) the Head of the Rathenau Institute. Previously Melanie was CEO of the Studium Generale and lecturer of Liberal Art and Sciences at Utrecht University. She has held several positions in the fields of Science, Public Policy, Politics and Society.

Joris Oldenziel, NCP member

Joris Oldenziel joined the NCP in January 2021. He currently also serves as the Deputy Director of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, an agreement between global garment brands and trade unions. Previously Joris held various positions at SOMO, where he co-founded the OECD Watch network and represented civil society organisations in the 2011 update of the OECD MNE Guidelines.

Advisory members

The independent members of the NCP are supported in their work by four advisory members. These members are government representatives from the four ministries which are most closely linked to the NCP.

  • Monique Bijen (Ministry of Social Affairs & Employment, Department of International Affairs)
  • Saskia van den Brink (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Department Top Sectors & Industrial Policy)
  • Hannah Tijmes (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade Policy and Economic Governance Department)
  • Esmée Ramaaker (Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, Department of International Affairs)