Supervisory Board and management

Management (amended governance)

Bertholt Leeftink (1968) is the CEO of the Executive Board of PALLAS and NRG. He is a senior governmental official with extensive business experience.  

Before joining PALLAS and NRG, Bertholt has held various management positions at the Dutch government. He was the Director-General Enterprise & Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the interim Director at the Netherlands Investment Agency (the predecessor of Invest-NL).

Bertholt studied General Economics at the University of Amsterdam and completed his PhD in International Monetary Economics at the same university. He is a top professional in developing and maintaining long-term government relationships. He is a team player and likes to achieve concrete results with different (private and public) stakeholders.

In addition to his rich CV, Bertholt also has wide experience in board positions and held positions at various business associations.

Bertholt Leeftink | CEO NRG/PALLAS

Management PALLAS

Peter Dijk | Programme director PALLAS

Peter Dijk has been in charge of the PALLAS programme organisation since February 2022. Peter supervises the construction of the PALLAS-reactor and its connected facilities for the production of nuclear medicines at the Energy and Health Campus.

Before joining PALLAS this year, Peter was head of programme development with the Schiphol Group. During the period 2008 – 2016, he was involved in the construction of the North-South connection in Amsterdam as the project director, and he acted as the general manager for the “Tram & Subway Service”. Previous to that Peter contributed to the success of the Betuwe-route as project director.

Large, complex projects combined with social interest mark his career. Peter has the experience and skills needed to realise a unique and complex infrastructural programme.

Nico van Ginkel | CFO PALLAS

Nico van Ginkel (1975) currently is the CFO of the Foundation Preparation Pallas-reactor (PALLAS). Nico is a professional in finance who benefits from 20 years of international experience. He likes to be involved in complex financial and strategic organisational challenges, which he encounters at PALLAS.

Before joining PALLAS 5 years ago, he gained experience by holding Senior Financial Management and Executive positions in the construction industry, employed by larger quoted international construction companies, Royal BAM Group and Ballast Nedam. In his roles, he took responsibility for large project portfolios.

Nico has strong analytical and communication skills. His main achievements are successfully restructuring a precast concrete factory, growing an international construction company and the successful start-up of complex projects in various countries.

Management NRG

Maik Smit (1973) has been the CFO of NRG since 2018 after several years being the financial manager at ECN / NRG. Maik and his team carved-out the activities of ECN in the field of sustainable energy to TNO in 2018, after which the Foundation Stichting ECN/NRG was able to focus on its nuclear activities. Since then, Maik and his team have been working on NRG’s medical isotope strategy.

Maik holds an economic degree and obtained a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) degree at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained the MBA Modules Strategic Management, Operational Management, ICT and Marketing. In 1996, he started at PwC and continued working at the audit firm for almost 10 years. He also worked for a technical wholesaler as a Financial Manager and later as a Financial Director.

Maik likes to work in a team and is passionate about solving complex financial issues. He is an experienced leader and hands-on manager.

Maik Smit | CFO NRG

Supervisory Boards (amended governance)

Dr. G. Zalm | Chairman

Supervisory board PALLAS and NRG:

  • J.W.R. van Lunteren MSc,
  • Prof. dr. W.C. Turkenburg,
  • Ir. P.E.M. Buck,
  • Dr. J.H. Egberts,
  • Prof. dr. ir. A.H.M. Verkooijen,
  • Drs. P.G. Winters,
  • K. Smit,
  • Dr. M.M.G. Pubben.

Advisor to supervisory board: Prof. dr. J. Telgen.