Our board

Rijkswaterstaat’s Executive Board is responsible for the functioning of the organisation as a whole, with the emphasis on strategic planning and decision-making.

  • Patricia ZorkoDeputy director general of Rijkswaterstaat

    'In daily practice, close to citizens, our work towards a safe, accessible and sustainable Netherlands becomes concrete. The replacement and renovation task in particular will be an important task. This requires good cooperation with public and private partners. I would like to contribute to that, with my focus on the regional work of Rijkswaterstaat.'

  • José van AerleChief financial officer

    'Every year, Rijkswaterstaat has a budget of almost 5 billion euros. I attach great importance to achieving the maximum possible return for society, while keeping our work affordable by using innovative, efficient methods and work processes. That is my challenge as chief financial officer.'

  • Erica SlumpChief engineer director Traffic and Water Management

    'Our road inspectors, traffic controllers, lock masters and water managers work 24 hours a day to make the Netherlands safe, liveable and accessible. Behind the scenes, they guarantee reliable water management and smooth, safe traffic flow on the road and on the water. They deal with accidents as quickly as possible and take action in the event of emergencies and crises.'

  • Bob DemoetChief engineer-director Programmes, Projects and Maintenance

    'As a manager of the roads and waterways, Rijkswaterstaat works on short and long term projects. We work on available networks and liveable environments, every day again. At the same time we prepare ourselves for changes in the field of mobility, climate and energy, together with its users and stakeholders in the region. That's what makes it so interesting.'

  • Louis SchouwstraChief engineer-director Central Netherlands

    'Rijkswaterstaat Central Netherlands manages the largest buffer of fresh water in Europe and supplies fresh water to a third part of The Netherlands. Sustainable management with great concern for climate and ecology is of vital importance for our country.'

  • Ron KalkmanChief information officer

    'It is a great honour to make a major contribution to the important social tasks of Rijkswaterstaat, together with colleagues who are passionate and have a lot of craftmanship.'