2000 2001 ISACA NL Chapter Board Member
Secretariat and VP for Standards & Research
Gerard joined the chapter board to help restructure its organisation and improve its
operational efficiency. The bylaws have been changed to reflect the new approach and the
strategy for the years 2001-2003 is being written. The OFFICE is transformed to a virtual
unit predominantly contactable via electronic means.
1996-2000 DTCG European Service Line Leader for
Client Server Solutions
Gerard was chosen to run the European Specialty (Service Line) of Client Server Solutions
[CSS] for the Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group.
This task includes the ensuring that the practitioners in CSS are well trained, that
proposals are being developed following the DTCG standards of engagement and that projects
really deliver value for the customer and DTCG.
1995-1996 JM&Co European Operations Committee
Gerard was invited to become member of the James Martin & Co. European Operations
Committee. His role on this committee was to represent the Dutch JM&Co organisation
but furthermore to contribute to the professional issues of running a high quality
1977-1996 Databaseclub NGI - chairman
During this period active membership and participation in many subgroups on specific
topics aimed at publication of research results and working life experience. For several
years Gerard has been the chairman of this professional body.
1991-1999 Association of Informatics Professionals
(VRI) - Board member
Gerard is a member of the VRI Board, an organisation comparable to the British Computer
Society (BCS) in coordinating professional development and quality monitoring of
informatics professionals. In his portfolio are the activities relating to: CEPIS (Council
for the European Professional Informatics Societies) in which Gerard is currently the VRI
representative, Infocus 2000 (redefining the IT profession for the future and
co-ordinating this with professional education (HBO) and independent examination bodies
(like EXIN), regional quality circles, publication of a policy document of the VRI on ISO
standards, monitoring and participating in the CEPIS Task Force on Professional
Development and Qualifications.
1991-1994 British Computer Society - committee member
Gerard is a member of the BCS/Netherlands board. The Netherlands section of the BCS
coordinates activities for members of the BCS located in the Netherlands.
1980-1994 ISO/IEC/SC21/WG3 - Dutch delegate
Gerard has represented Dutch interests in database related topics at meetings of the
International Standards Organization in the areas of database Languages (NDL, SQL),
Information Resource Dictionary System (IRDS), Remote Data Access (RDA) and the emerging
Reference Model of Data Management (for which Gerard was for many years the
1989-1993 European University - professor
Co-responsible for setting up the faculty to train and educate student to a master of
science in information systems (MIS). This programme of 2 years is intended to enable
business managers to obtain a postgraduate education in information systems. In this
position Gerard also lectures 2 modules on IS/IT issues in the MBA programme.
1986-1989 CWI Advisory Board
In 1985, Gerard was invited to participate in the advisory board of the CWI (Centrum voor
Wiskunde en Informatica - Center for Mathematics and Informatics). This board reviews and
recommends research programmes for the research staff in this center reporting to the
Ministry of Economic Affairs which is the funding authority.
1986-1989 15th International Conference on Very Large
Data Bases 1989 - member of the programme committee
Co-responsible for the organization of the VLDB conference to be held in Amsterdam in
1989. This international conference is a place for the exchange of new ideas on datase
design and database research at which 540 attendees attended with multiple streams and 50
research papers presented.
1983-1988 Commission of the European Communities
In 1983 Gerard was invited to participate in the evaluation board of the Commission of the
European Communities. This board defined the scope of the Multi Annual Programme on
"transnational databases" (August-November 1983), and subsequently evaluated
requests for funding (October -November 1985) and finally monitors progress of accepted
1985-1987 Ministry of Education - external examiner
In 1985 Gerard was invited and appointed by the Ministry of Education as an external
examiner for IS/IT related examinations for candidates studying for qualifications
equivalent to a part-time degree.