Meet Ries Velema
Ries Velema is project, site and environmental manager at Ventolines. What do you do in these various roles? “A lot of communication. I am in contact with various stakeholders, such as landowners, local governments, residents and contractors. Sometimes I am already involved with a project from the very beginning, like when we enter into a land agreement. Otherwise, I will get involved during the construction phase of projects. The thing I like most about my role is the contact with the environment, bringing people closer together for a good cause and being out in de field. For me, getting my hands dirty is more fun than just the contractual matters.”
“I see myself more as a contact manager, rather than a contract manager.”
“As site manager, I am often present on the construction site. For example, I am currently carrying out inspections during the construction of Windplan Groen, to ensure that our customer receives the right quality. These interim inspections are of important, as many contractors work sequentially on one project. It all has to fit in time and quality.”
How did you come to work in the renewable energy sector? “I have a mechanical engineering background and spent years as a project manager, supplying material handling systems in Europe and abroad. I travelled a lot, saw a lot and experienced a lot, yet I wanted to take another step as a self-employed person. An initiator asked me to build a wind turbine. It turned out to be the largest in terms of power and tip height in the Netherlands at the time, ‘De Ambtenaar’. During this project I was able to put the role of environmental manager into practice. After this project I was asked by Anne de Groot to come and work for Ventolines and I have been doing that for almost ten years now with great pleasure.”
What gives you energy? “In the first place the contact with people, this also fits very well with my social personality. I like to be involved with people. Furthermore, I get a lot of energy from building these projects, from nothing, realizing something, with my feet in the clay.”
“Ventolines realizes that its employees are an important part of the company’s success. If you pass the strict selection, you are almost guaranteed motivated colleagues, special projects and lots of job satisfaction. I like that family feeling, which I think you experience less as a contractor.”
Ventolines is still looking for enthousiastic people to join our team!
Ventolines has been involved in the development, construction and management of a large number of renewable energy projects for many years. Both on land and in the water. Think for example of the largest onshore wind farm in the Netherlands, Windplan Groen. We also had a leading role in the realization of the world’s largest offshore wind farm in a lake: Windpark Fryslân. We have in-depth knowledge and a wealth of experience in every project phase. As a result, we always go for a reliable and high-quality end result. For our client and the other parties involved.