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. As an NCA Board member, 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 -Marlies Broek-Wijdeveld
In January 2017, our family moved to Singapore and after six months we can absolutely say that we are at home here. In the Netherlands I worked as an Account Manager for a payrolling organization. For the period we live in Singapore, I decided not to seek a paid job, but to devote my time to our family and volunteering.
In our first week in Singapore I got in touch with NCA and learned about hidden poverty, among other things. Living here as an expat it is very easy to stay in your expat bubble, but there is so much more to Singapore and it is very rewarding to see you can actually make a difference in people’s lives. I am excited to take over the role of Secretary of NCA and be a part of this wonderful organization and to be able to make a difference in people’s lives.
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 set up a practice for problem solving and dispute resolution, like the one I had in the Netherlands. But at the same time I like being busy and feeling useful: sitting by the poolside is only fun for a while!
In my profession I coach people to find their way out of an impasse or conflict. NCA works in a similar way: giving people tools to help themselves. NCA enables me to help the less fortunate in this country which is so good to us, and seeing the progression of these women and families becoming 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.