"Never a dull moment"
What do you do at GÉANT?
I am the only full time HR professional in the Amsterdam office, but I operate within a wider team based in Cambridge and feel as integral part of it and very included. It’s a great group of people made up of very enthusiastic and stimulating professionals: never a dull moment in our department! Communication is fluid and consistent as we use all available channels to stay in touch and make sure we meet face to face on a regular basis too. One of my most important objectives is to help recruit a highly competent and self-motivated work-force that embraces GÉANT’s vision and mission with a refreshing and passionate outlook.
What do you enjoy most about working at GÉANT?
I joined GÉANT in 2016, after a couple of months I was already able to find my feet and adapt to its unique environment also thanks to the very welcoming atmosphere that characterises our organisation. My growing involvement with the community support function made me understand and appreciate better GÉANT’s wider purpose: it’s a complex and unique organisation with a very profound and inspiring mission. In the future, I see an increase of our focus on the services we provide whilst strengthening further all connections with the international Research & Education community. I believe we shouldn’t hesitate to enhance the visibility of the exceptional work that GÉANT does and the amazing role it plays at a global level.
On a more practical note, I enjoy spending my working days, after a very easy commute by public transport, in our modern, open plan office full of natural light, as it encourages interactions across teams, strengthens team spirit and eases collaboration.
Tina has a law degree and her involvement with the HR function started in 2010 when she was head-hunted by a multinational Oil and Gas organisation, to work as their international HR consultant and look after the company’s Dutch work force all over the world – at a certain time this counted over 100 employees. After getting a taste of international HR, Tina decided to progress her career in this function and went on to work for a commercial apps company and for a technology start up. She enjoys working for small organisations as they enable more personal and deeper human interactions … so no wonder she works in HR!