Frans Klein, chairman
Frans Klein worked at VARA for over 25 years. During that period, he held numerous positions, varying from staff member of the classical music department to head of planning and production. This was followed by appointments as Deputy Director of Radio & Television (1998), Director of Production & New Media (2000) and finally Director of Broadcasting (2004). In this capacity he stood at the cradle of fusion broadcaster BNN-VARA in early 2014. Since May 2014, Frans has been Director of Television at Dutch Public Broadcasting. Together with the network managers and the broadcasters, he composes the programming for NPO 1, 2 and 3, Zapp, Zappelin and NPO.nl. In addition, he is involved in policy development and, on behalf of the TV management, maintains contact with external parties, such as politicians, social organisations and companies.
My goal for the coming years is that we remain relevant and become even more so. That we make programmes that are of undisputed public value and, in the aggregate, reach the entire Dutch audience. Our offer must be of and for everyone. What I like about this job is that you are in a place that determines what is on offer. What I do influences what viewers get to see, and that is very honourable. As far as I am concerned, we at NPO are really privileged to be able to serve the Dutch public with beautiful programmes. And what could be better than making television every day if you are a television addict yourself?
D.F. (Daan) Potjer, ASIP, Treasurer
Daan Potjer studied economics in Rotterdam and London and completed a post-graduate course in investment management in the United Kingdom. He started his career as an investment strategist at ABN AMRO Asset Management and was subsequently Head of the Asset Allocation team, managing over EUR 12.5 billion. Initially in London, later in Amsterdam. Subsequently, Daan was the founder and Managing Director of Aethra Asset Management, a boutique asset manager in Amsterdam and London. After a stint as Managing Director of his father-in-law's bakery business, Simon Meijssen, Daan is now COO of Dynamic Credit, an asset manager and advisor in the field of complex loans.
According to Daan, music is both a source of inspiration and of tranquillity. The mix of repertoire presented by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra is exciting, adventurous, recognisable and also new. It fits in with what happens in his daily work, and yet is also a 180-degree contrast to it. The RFO is an institution that is incredibly important to society and to Daan personally. As treasurer of the board of the Friends of the RFO, Daan hopes to use his expertise to support the Media Orchestra of the Netherlands to continue its good work.
Nanette Bakker, member of the board
Nanette is, as a former member of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, not unknown to many of you. She is mainly involved with music education and recently finished the post HBO education 'Musicians for Music Education' at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. As a board member of the Society of Friends, she likes to stay involved with her old job.
Hans Zonderop, Secretary
My name is Hans Zonderop, 1st percussionist in the most versatile orchestra of the Netherlands, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra! I have been with the orchestra for 26 years now, and I still think it is an honour to be part of this fantastic orchestra. In the RFO, you have to be at home in all markets. Our repertoire covers a wide range of styles and is therefore very diverse. New music and world premieres are regularly programmed, which is a paradise for percussionists. Besides making music, I am active in the orchestra committee and very closely involved in setting up the Friends of the RFO Foundation. The bond and contact with our audience is extremely important, and I see the Friends Foundation as the perfect means to achieve this. I hope to meet you soon (again) at one of the activities we organise especially for the Friends!