Benelux OSPAs 2021 Judges

  • Armand van Bercheycke – Security Professional of the Year 2018 -2020
  • Dr. Marc Cools – Professor of Criminology at Ghent University
  • Werner Cooreman – Chief Security Officer, Solvay Group
  • Harm van Dijk – Past Regional Chairman, VBN
  • Michel de Jong MSc  CPP  CFE  FSyI  CSyP – Head of Global Security, COFRA Amsterdam, ASIS Benelux
  • Yvan de Mesmaeker – Secretary General, ECSA
  • Freddy Pardon – Chairman, VBA
  • René Polfliet – Head of Global Security for Heineken
  • Hendrik Vanderkimpen – President, Private Security Association (PSA)

An independent panel will judge each nomination based on the criteria set out for each award category. Judges, all of whom have experience in security and or business, are required to assess each entry on its merits and act impartially and ethically.


Armand van Bercheycke

Armand CU

Armand van Bercheycke has almost 30 years of experience in the field of high security. After service in the Royal Netherlands Air Force as Electronics Officer, he worked as an Electronic Warfare Officer and Policy Advisor for intelligence agencies in the Netherlands. Afterwards he founded different safety & security consultancy companies and security training companies. He became a regular guest lecturer on various topics of safety & security at University of Applied Sciences in the Hague, the University of Applied Sciences Avans+ in Breda, SOBA Security Training and the Dutch National Police Academy.

Armand is a Registered Security Expert (RSE) with a strong track record in the field of the protection of critical infrastructure.  He has provided, and implemented, advisory services to some of the leading companies and governmental organisations in the Netherlands on how to protect and safeguard goods and people in different and sometimes remote locations.

Clients recognise Armand as an expert on high-tech security solutions  and as tactical surveillance measures. Furthermore his strong experience on electronic access management & control is widely appreciated.

In November 2019, Armand was elected security manager of the year 2019 and 2020.

Dr. Marc Cools

Marc Cools OSPAs judgeMarc Cools holds a PhD in Criminology (Free University of Brussels) and certificates in Business Economics (IPO Management School- Antwerp University) and International Management in the Telecommunications Industry (London Business School).
He had different higher-management and board positions in the private security services industry: Bell Telephone ITT nv, Alcatel Bell nv, Shield nv and Faceo Security & Prevention nv, Securitas Training nv and was member of the board at the Free University of Brussels. Currently, he is a member of the board at the Belgian Intelligence Studies Centre, the Ludwig von Mises Institute Europe, Royale Union des Services de Renseignement et d’Action,  Deradiant vzw and member of the Mont Pèlerin Society.
He lectured at the Antwerp Police Academy, the School for Criminology of the Justice Department, Antwerp Management School and Paris X La Défense Nanterre University. He was advisor for the former Belgian Justice Minister, Mr. Marc Verwilghen.
Today he is Professor of Criminology at Ghent University and the Free University of Brussels,  Visiting Professor at Nyenrode University, member of the scientific council Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – Criminologie Paris and teaches at the Intelligence & Security School of the Ministry of Defence. He also is ‘Officier in de Kroonorde (B)’, ‘Ridder in de Leopoldsorde (B)’ and ‘Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (F)’

Werner Cooreman

Werner Cooreman is Chief Security Officer for the Solvay Group, a global advanced materials and specialty chemicals company with over 130 industrial sites, 21 R&D sites and 25.000 employees. Previously Werner held international security roles in DHL Express, Ingram Micro and Engie with incremental responsibilities.

Prior to his 17 years in security management in the private industry, he was a career officer in the Belgian Military for 20 years in combat units, where he participated in several assignments with the United Nations and NATO during the Balkan Wars in the nineties.

Werner’s is an active member in several professional security associations, and holds a Master in Military Sciences from the Belgian Royal Military Academy, a certificate in Terrorism Studies from St Andrews University, as well as other professional security certifications across multiple domains of security

Harm van Dijk

Harm van Dijk is Senior Corporate Security Officer for ING Bank Group, a global bank with a strong European base. Our 57,000 employees serve around 38.9 million customers, corporate clients and financial institutions in over 40 countries. For more than 12 years he is responsible for the physical security policy and minimum standards. He has a functional line to the ING business units, concerning the implementation and observance of the physical security policy. Previously Harm worked as a senior consultant for Mactwin Security Group and Stork WorkSphere, which means in total more than 21 years of experience within physical security and security management.
Harm was for 10 years the Regional Chairman of the Dutch ‘Vereniging Beveiligingsprofessionals Nederland’, were he organized around 26 security sessions.

Harm is a Registered Manager of Security (Msec), was elected as Security Manager of the year 2012-2013 and elected with the INCI/DETAR Award in 2018.

Since July 2019 he is also a lecturer DHM Security Management at SOBA Security Academy.

Michel de Jong

Michel de Jong

Michel de Jong is Head of Global Security for COFRA, the holding company for a privately owned group of companies located in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Its main interests include retail – C&A – and real estate, as well as corporate and private equity investment management.

With over 170 years of experience, spanning six generations of the same family, C&A is one of the world’s leading fashion retailers, with an expansive network of stores and online shops in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and China.

Michel is a cheerful, loss-prevention strategist with extensive hands-on management experience in security, safety, investigations and crisis management. He is Chairman of the ASIS International Benelux Chapter and a member of the Board of Trustees of Krijger & Partners, a government affairs and geopolitical risk consultancy.

Yvan De Mesmaeker

Yvan De Mesmaeker graduated as a Civil Engineer (academic degree between a MSc and a PhD) from the Free University of Brussels (1986) and has over 30 years of professional experience in Corporate Security and Resilience.

The European Corporate Security Association – ECSA, a Professional Association of Managers and Officials in charge of the Security & Resilience of Corporations and EU & International Institutions.

In addition, ir. Yvan De Mesmaeker is:

  • Vice Chairman of the Board of the Security Office of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre – AWDC, the Foundation that officially represents and coordinates the Antwerp diamond sector and operates in close cooperation with the competent Police and Security Authorities and with the Heads of Security of the diamond industry
  • Lecturer at the National Academy for Senior Police Officers – ANPA and Director of the High Studies Police, Justice & Corporate Security, organized in cooperation with the Institute for Judicial Training, the Universities of Gent and Liège and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
  • Secretary General & Executive Committee Member of ATHENA, the Alumni Association of the Graduates from the High Studies Security & Defense, organized by the Royal Higher Institute for Defense (RHID) and the Royal Institute for International Relations (Egmont)
  • Founding Board Member and past Chairman of ASIS BeNeLux Chapter
  • Secretary of the US Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council, Belgium Brussels Chapter

He often lectures at EU and INT meetings on the challenges and opportunities of Public-Private cooperation in combatting terrorism and organized crime.

In 2017 H.R.H. the King of Belgium awarded him the Honorary distinction of Officer in the Order of the Crown as recognition for his exceptional contribution in the Corporate Security domain and for promoting Public-Private cooperation in corporate and public security.

Freddy Pardon 

Freddy pardon

Freddy is a Master in Criminology. He has worked at BASF since 1984, working his way up to his current role, since 2017,  of Area Security Manager Benelux & Expertise Lead Security EMEA North and Lead Information Protection Officer Benelux.

He has been Chairman of Vlaanderen Bedrijfsbeveiliging Associatie (VBA) since 2009 and Vice-Chairman Private Security Association (PSAvzw) since 2013.

He is also a member of VBO commission security, the expertise commission of the National Authority Maritime Security of Belgium and of the working group Essenscia as security expert.

René Polfliet

Rene Polfliet OSPAs Judge

After completing his studies in Business Administration at the Hogeschool Zeeland he was admitted to the Royal Netherlands Military Academy to become a Logistics Officer in the Royal Netherlands Army. This was followed by various managerial positions within an Armoured Infantry Brigade. In 1991 he was retrained to a Senior Officer of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (i.e. a special police unit of the Ministry of Defence with specific police tasks), where he performed senior managerial functions in the field of (border) security at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, counter-terrorism and policing. Later as a senior special operations officer he was responsible for (international) special operations and the guarding of the Royal Palaces.

In 2000 he joined Proseco B.V. as Global Security Advisor for HEINEKEN and in this function he was responsible for preparing security aspects on strategic meetings of the Executive Board and Team, providing security advice and support to local management of the HEINEKEN operating companies worldwide (e.g. Nigeria, Russia, Surinam, Sierra Leone, Poland, China), provide security briefings to HEINEKEN expatriates and their families to prepare for postings abroad, prepare security aspects and act as security manager of the Holland Heineken House during the Olympic Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City, 2004 in Athens, 2006 in Turin and 2008 in Beijing.

For more than 10 years he has been Managing Director of Proseco B.V. and Head of Global Security for HEINEKEN and in this role is responsible for the security of the HEINEKEN interests worldwide and security of the members of the Heineken family. Also in this role he was responsible for the successful evacuations of HEINEKEN expats, their families and international contractors during severe civil unrests and wars in Tunisia, Egypt, Burundi and Haiti.

A member of ASIS International since 2002 and in 2003 he became Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Since 2008 he has been a member of the European Institute for Corporate Security Management (EICSM), an independent, non-profit membership organisation, dedicated to serving European Corporate Security Managers of various multinational industries and in 2010 was chosen as Secretary-General of their Board.

Hendrik Vanderkimpen

Hendrik Vanderkimpen

Hendrik Vanderkimpen, master in Criminology, started his railway worker career in 1977. Between 1977 and 1985, he carried out several operational functions as corporate executive in the passenger and the freight sectors. From 1986 to 1991, he was responsible for the Brussels North Station. In 1991, he served the function of secretary of the Director General who was also a member of the Committee Management and the Board of Directors. In 1998, he becomes Head of Corps of the Railway Police. In 1999, the Internal Security Service following the reform of the police by the Government is created. As Head of Corps of the Railway Police, Hendrik Vanderkimpen was designated responsible for the Security in the SNCB Group. In 2004, a security service with higher skills emerges which leads to the creation of the Corporate Security Service with Hendrik Vanderkimpen as Chief Security Officer.

Since 2017, Hendrik Vanderkimpen is the General Manager Passengers Transport & Security at SNCB and manages the national railway security, including 700 security agents. He is the liaison officer between the SNCB and the local and federal police, the justice department and Home Office. Since 2019 he became head of Safety and well-being for SNCB.

At the international level, Hendrik Vanderkimpen is vice-president of COLPOFER, a Special Group of UIC (International Union of Railways).

He is also the president and co-creator of Private Security Association (PSA) which is a discussion forum composed of Belgian internal security services from many different industrial and non-profit sectors and security services of the public transport companies.