In 1988, I graduated from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Universiteit of Leiden with a major in civil procedural law. From 1989 till 1991 I was employed as a Registrar at the Subdistrict Court of Wageningen and the Subdistrict Court of Amsterdam. Subsequently, I worked as an attorney at law for firms in Amsterdam and Woerden until 1999, focusing on labor law, criminal law, and civil procedural law. As of 2000, I have been employed by Bierens Debt Recovery Lawyers in Veghel. In addition, I am also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association Ressort ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In my spare time, I like to go ocean sailing, ice-skating, and I play field hockey.