Our team of trainers

Aurelie Peters

Founder of Top Year

After an MBA in 1992 at IMD in Switzerland, I was in charge of IMD corporate clients for the Benelux until 2007. I then joined a large family office to design and deliver the curriculum which prepares the next generation in the family business.
The last 25 years have taught me that great training brings great business and personal results. It is inclusive, continuous, practical, demanding and across levels and ages. And it brings the best out of people.

Reinier van Dieren

Team trainer

Reinier is a graduate of the Hotel School The Hague and certified DiSC trainer. He is specialized in leadership, team communication & behavior and has a drive to get people move forward in life. He gets his energy from working with young talents & professionals.

Lilian Bakker

Acting trainer

Lilian is a graduate of the Toneelacademie and of History of Art studies in Amsterdam.
She has worked for the last 25 years as a professional, manager and trainer helping people uncover their talents and mobilize their strengths.

Tjerk Hooghiemstra

Project mentor

Tjerk is advisor, executive coach, director and supervisor. He has built his experience as a consultant at HayGroup and in the corporate world at Royal Philips, Majid Al Futtaim Group and STMicroelectronics where he was part of their global executive teams. His motivation is to leverage his experience to help organisations prosper and to support people in being at their best and enjoying it.

Renee Sajet


For the last 9 years, Renee has raised funds for ALS and other charities to finance medical research and help people. In Top Year, Renee enables motivated young talents to build their future. Empathy, enjoyment, support and determination is what Renee stands for.

Robert Steenhof

Project advisor

Robert holds a bachelor degree from Nyenrode and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne Switzerland. His motivation is to help people shine by improving organisation, team and individual performance in a structured way.

Patty van der Vliet


Patty has been working as a head-hunter for almost 25 years and has advised numerous profit as well as non-profit organisations, on their management, board and executive board positions. She enjoys contributing to the quality, respect and growth of people and organisations.

Ciska van Grootveld


Ciska is a graduate of the Hogeschool van Utrecht with a degree in corporate and internal communications. She is the founder of Iamgroots where she brings her passion to help people shine from inside and outside.

Kim Bras

Video Production

Kim is a professional film director combining filming, interviewing & editing, personal and up-close. She helps people express themselves and create a living memory of their journey.


May van Waes

Video Production

May is creative producer and film director and gets her energy from helping young people of all backgrounds discover their chances.