Mr Hooghiemstra has many years of experience as an education consultant, manager, interim manager and administrator, particularly in the education and public sectors. Last year, Mr Hooghiemstra held the position of interim director at Stenden University of Applied Sciences where his portfolio included restructuring the institution's contract funding for education and research.
At CHN University Netherlands (which has since merged with Drenthe University of Applied Sciences to form Stenden University of Applied Sciences), he also gained international experience as that institution's international affairs director. Theo has also served as an interim director of the Dutch Secondary Education Council (VO-raad) and as an executive director responsible for repositioning VOS/ABB, the governing organisation for public and private education. Mr Hooghiemstra acquired experience as a management consultant at both Ernst & Young and Boertiengroep.
Theo Hooghiemstra studied Business Administration at the University of Groningen (graduated in 1995) and pursued a number of other study programmes including a postgraduate Management Consultant programme at the VU University Amsterdam. Mr Hooghiemstra is a member of the board of the Disability Studies in the Netherlands Foundation, a knowledge organisation dedicated to promoting social participation by people with a disability.