My career started 35 years ago, when I took a reporter job with a local newspaper in my native Holland. I was hired as a full-time editor for newspapers and business magazines, and worked on my first government digital project aged 20.
For many years, I worked for both online and print media as a writer and editor. That didn't change when I moved to the UK in 1995.
Since 2000 I have worked mainly on digital projects. I was Editor-in-Chief for the £2m launch and development of DeskDemon.com, now US and UK market leader in the competitive secretarial media sector.
I launched Director of Finance Online and SME Web for Sir Bob Geldof's Ten Alps plc. I wrote over 1,000 articles in one year, all included on Google News, against tight deadlines and often beating national newspapers to the top spot. My work was quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Accountancy Age and other media.
As Editor of Smartlandlord, an innovative £2.8m e-commerce portal for buy-to-let landlords, I wrote housing market commentary and press releases that were quoted by the FT, Property Week and other national, regional and trade media. Smartlandlord is owned by Towergate Insurance, Europe's largest privately-owned insurance intermediary.
My projects include the UK government's flagship Universal Credit welfare reform programme. I rewrote housing and unemployment benefit forms for the Department for Work and Pensions - a copywriting job that affects 7.5m people directly.
I was contracted by the Rural Payments Agency to write content for the new online farm subsidies portal. Most recently I helped the Environment Agency turn complex procedures to apply for flood and coastal erosion risk management funding into an easy to use online form. As a specialist in content for transactional websites my work directly influences GOV.UK / Government Digital Services guidelines.
Other recent projects include content strategy for a revamp of Cancer Research UK's website, advising Civil Service Resourcing and ACAS on creating engaging websites, Senior Content Designer for EU Exit (Brexit) projects for the Government Digital Service (GDS), lead strategist for a multi-million pound digital project aimed at local authorities for PwC, content audit and content migration for the Automobile Association (AA), intranet editor for Nationwide Building Society and writing product descriptions and buyers' guides for jewellery retailers Vashi.com, voted Best Independent Site at the 2013 Online Retail Awards.
I have been a finalist for UK Website of the Year three times in the Good Web Guide Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence online.
I have written for local, regional and national newspapers, magazines and websites for over 30 years. In addition, I have written Marketing and PR copy, speeches, presentations, newsletters and lots more.
I have written about property, corporate finance, office management, accounting, marketing, HR, local council meetings, FTSE250 companies and lots more. Some of my articles, produced when I was Editor of Director of Finance Online, are still available online.
For example, an interest rate decision:
You typically have 10-15 minutes to analyse the decision, write an article and submit it to Google News. I wrote over 1,000 of these articles, often beating national newspapers to the top spot and thus attracting the bigger audience share online.
If you want an online journalist writing about the decision to quote you, you have just 5 minutes to submit a comment. Analyses and comments I wrote were used by the FT, Investor Chronicle and many other major news media.
Whether I create content for social media campaigns, websites, forms, brochures, exhibitions, articles or newsletters - the content must tell an engaging, persuasive story that drives results for my clients.
I have a proven logical methodology to identify and tell my clients' story - in a timely manner, with a distinctive tone of voice, a logical flow and in a way that makes it truly different and compelling. Above all, I create stories that people choose to interact with. Which is one reason why clients love my work.
"I have worked with Adrie in various projects ranging from content to PR and social media. He is one of those rare individuals who get to work on a task and won't let it go until expectations are exceeded."
"His expertise allows him to create and implement strategies that drive success at all levels of an organisation. I highly recommend him."
"Adrie has a great deal of web knowledge. He effectively and efficiently applied that knowledge to my search engine optimisation problems, making a real difference in a tough market."
"Adrie proved to be a strong team leader with particularly impressive networking and creative skills, able to negotiate partnerships and find innovative solutions in a collaborative environment."
"He is passionate about journalism and web development, articulate, creative and has developed into an all-round, commercially aware web editor."
"Adrie is a terrific listener and has a rare ability to put himself in the shoes of the people he works with. I regularly use his example as someone who will go the extra mile in order to help others."
"He is not afraid to speak his mind, relishes a challenge and is able to 'think outside the box' in order to develop the best solution to a problem. His help has made a real difference to my business."
I advise clients on cost-effective, commercially-aware strategies to get their message across - online, in print and in Corporate Communications.
Content is my passion. I cover the whole range from content strategy, writing fresh content, promoting it through social media and content audit to production, content management and distribution.
Fresh, original content is more important than ever to secure top search engine rankings. I produce search engine ready content that delivers results for my clients.
I produce graphic design that is fun, beautiful and highly effective - from brochures, posters and promotional items to exhibitions and websites.
Are you getting your message across in the media? I have a proven track record in writing content that gets published, whether in local media or the national press.
I am a highly motivated self-starter with advanced content management and technical skills, crucial when it comes to the day-to-day running of web portals.