Dutch training and consultancy company Capital Chains has expanded its team with two new appointments.

Specialising in training and consultancy on financial supply chain management issues, Capital Chains was launched last year by Steven van der Hooft (pictured). Speaking to GTR, van der Hooft says he is expanding his team to three people to help grow the business and meet the rising interest from banks and multinational corporates.

Joost van den Hondel, who joins as partner at Capital Chains, has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry and has previously held senior roles at Ernst & Young, Capgemini and ING. He is the initiator and programme manager for Betaalme.nu (Pay Me Now), a not-for-profit initiative that aims to ease SME suppliers’ access to reasonably-priced liquidity.

Matthijs van Bergen will be the company’s new consultant. Before joining Capital Chains, he worked as a researcher in supply chain finance at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, and as an independent consultant, advising companies on financial and operational matters to optimise their performance.

“Joost is an experienced programme manager, who will be able to lead some of the longer programmes,” van der Hooft says. “Matthijs will have a more analytic, strategic focus. He is a very smart guy, studied supply chain finance, and brings energy, youth, enthusiasm and skills.”

Based in the south of the Netherlands, the two started in their roles on September 1. With his new team, van der Hoof’s aim is to reach more clients internationally.

“We can do more projects on a global scale, using our experience that we have gained working with various clients in the banking sector as well as the corporate side,” he says and adds that he is indenting to expand further. “We are growing. We are now a team of three, and hoping to grow to between five and 10 within the next two years.”