NCA board members head the various committees. All roles are fulfilled by volunteers, most of whom are expats who like to use their skills and experience to give back to the local community.
The board is responsible for the general policy and strategic direction of the NCA.
President – Sheila Bouwman
Since August 2014 I have been living in Singapore with my family of 6. As an HR professional/trainer/coach I worked over 15 years in various HR interim management and consulting roles with diverse (multinational) companies. It’s my drive to get the best out of people and organizations – developing strong human resources for sustained organizational success. I love to challenge and inspire people to grow in life, personally and professionally. In 2015 I co-founded BLOOM The Development Factory reflecting my drive to create growth and positive empowerment. After learning about the hidden poverty while settling into Singapore, I decided to join NCA to raise awareness and help NCA grow. And most of all to improve the lives of less fortunate people in Singapore because giving really makes a difference in people’s lives.
Vice President – Antoinette van den Berg
Since January 2017 our family is living in Singapore for a couple of years. For the last few years I have been working in the charitable sector, both in the Netherlands and in Switzerland. In this line of work I have mainly dealt with relationship management and fundraising with individuals.
When I heard about the existence of the NCA I realized that also in this modern and developed country, there are people who fall outside of the system. With my background in the charitable sector, I immediately thought that this could be an excellent chance to use my experience and knowledge for the NCA. In this way I hope I can add some value to our new home country.
Treasurer – Willemijn Dorrepaal
Together with my husband and three children, I have been in Singapore since 2014. We have lived abroad since 2003, in Nigeria, Indonesia and again in Nigeria. In these countries I have been working for various charity organisations. I found it very inspiring to contribute to the development and well-being of the people in sometimes very challenging environments.
In the unique, well developed and safe country of Singapore, working on charity is not the first thing that comes to mind. But once you have been here a bit longer, you see the other side of Singapore as well. Also here, there are people who need help and support. Through joining NCA, I hope to play a part in improving the lives of these people.
Secretary -Laura Weller
Since August 2015 I have been living in Singapore with my family. My background is in the design and delivery of intercultural communication training for global businesses, partly driven by my experiences abroad. I lived and studied/worked in the Netherlands, France, South Korea, Slovakia, Malaysia, Russia and the UK.
Starting our expat adventure in 2010 I have been contributing to various charity organisations. It is my passion to help the underprivileged especially being aware of the contrast with my own privileged life. It has given me a broader perspective on host countries and it has enabled me to truly connect with the local community.
Marketing & Communications Manager – Marlies Gerritsen
Together with my husband and youngest son I have been living in Singapore since July 2016. Since we are here for the duration of only 3 years, it didn’t make sense for me to try to set up a practice for problem solving and dispute resolution, like the one I had at home. But at the same time I’m used to being busy and feeling useful: sitting by the poolside is only fun for a while!
In my profession I coach people to find a way out of an impasse or conflict. NCA works in a similar way: giving people tools to help themselves.
I feel double blessed to be able to work with NCA. NCA enables me to help the less fortunate in this country which is so good to us. At the same time seeing progression in life makes me happy, and seeing these women and families able to become independent again is a great reward.
NCA organizes a lot of events and is always looking for people who like to help out. Even if it’s just for a few hours. If you are interested in volunteering for NCA, click here for the current vacancies.