Team

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Diana Yacht Design

Diana Yacht Design opened its doors in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, in 1971. Over the past 50 years, we’ve lived up to our Dutch maritime heritage, developing award-winning naval architecture and engineering for some of the world’s most exciting superyacht projects. More than 70 superyachts bearing the DIANA name have set sail over the past 50 years. Our expertise spans across all yacht design and engineering disciplines, delivering a unique one-stop design experience. 

 

Management team Diana Yacht Design

The Management Team

All three of us live close to sea and we all have a passion for water since our childhood. What better job you can find by creating the most beautiful yachts to cruise the blue seas and to realize dreams. That is why we love our job as designer, naval architect and engineer so much. As Dutch yacht designers with a passion for perfection we take an active role in every project, overseeing each facet to ensure our performance continuously stays at the highest level. Working together, knowing every little detail and realizing dreams is what makes us proud.

Hans-Maarten Bais

Creative Director  & Naval Architect

Living close to the beach, I always loved the sea and looked at the ships passing by. Studying Naval Architecture was a logical decision to learn more about ships and design. In 1998 I started working for DIANA and in 2003 the first yacht I designed was delivered. Nowadays I am Creative Director and co-owner of the company. Working with a great team and realizing clients dreams can’t be seen as a job!

Bart de Haan

Operations Director & Naval Architect

After I finished the study Naval Architecture in 2005 I started working at Diana Yacht Design. Six year later I became a partner in the company. In my daily work I combine the functions of naval architect, project manager and Director of operations. Within this variety of work the favourite elements of my role as a naval architect is to be of added value to the building process and to combine everyone’s wishes into a beautiful yacht.

Jerry Lakeman

Financial Director & Marine Engineer

Since my childhood I have a passion for water and sailing. Directly after studying Mechanical Engineering I started to work at Diana Yacht Design. After six years of engineering and more than 12 yachts, two colleagues and I got the opportunity to take over the company. Since that time I have been the Financial Director. I am responsible for corporate liquidity, investments, and risk management related to the company’s financial activities. Besides that I still like to work on all our beautiful and different projects.

Ingeborg Belterman

Marketing & Office manager

For more than 15 years I worked in the tourism industry specialized in golf travel. After selling my company and travelling around the world I was looking for a new adventure. Two years ago I joined the DIANA team and it was the right choice. I really like the yacht industry and together with our amazing, creative, and fun team of designers, naval architects and engineers I try to create the right mix of marketing and PR activities.

Anton Verhoef

Marine Engineer

Building an Optimist with my father and teaching sailing on the Polyvalk in Friesland made me enthusiastic for yachts. I always have been interested in technics, studied shipbuilding in Rotterdam and since 2006 working in the yacht industry. My main job within the DIANA team is working on construction drawing and preparing the drawings to meet the yacht’s flag requirements. To relax I still step, whenever it’s possible, on board of sailing boats and sail on the North sea or you can find me in the dunes on my mountainbike.

Nick Tot

Naval Architect

Growing up in a small port city I always had some connection to the water. However I never thought to get into the maritime industry until the school I was studying mechanical engineering, launched a Naval Architecture study. A lightbulb went off in my head and I signed up at the earliest possibility. In 2012 I did my thesis at DIANA and since then I grew into my current role as Naval Architect and Project Manager. After nearly a decade of working in the industry I never had any regrets and still enjoy it every day!

Yoeri van Ommen

Naval Architect

My story at DIANA starts in 2011 when I was looking for an internship for my study Naval Architecture. Now, 10 years later I am still part of the team and love to be involved in all our projects. In my work as Naval Architect and Project Manager I specialize in managing and designing all varieties of structures and arrangements. Besides my work I am an enthusiast sailor, competing in Dutch Regatta’s and during the winter I love to go off-piste skiing.

Richard Vlaar

Naval Architect

My childhood summers were spent on every waterway in the Netherlands, since my parents owned a small motorboat. I loved being on the water and drawing all the yachts I saw. So it was obvious I would go and study Naval Architecture. In 2013 I started working at DIANA, having worked at several other companies active in yacht building. As a Naval Architect, I enjoy the process of designing something new and seeing it built!

Casper Marelis

Designer & Naval Architect

Back in 2014 I joined Diana Yacht Design as an graduate intern. Having successfully completed my Naval Architecture study I was offered to stay and started as Naval Architect. The design side of a luxury yacht attracted me very much so I competed in the Young Designer Award of Boat International. Making it to the finals showed my ability, enthusiasm and compassion for design. Now I’m involved both in exterior design as well as the technical side like naval architecture and construction.

Lars de Smit

Marine Engineer

Growing up sailing and spending most of my free time on the water I always knew I had to work within the maritime industry. After studying Mechanical Engineering I started working as a Marine Engineer at Diana Yacht Design. I love to work on the cool special features on yachts and design yacht systems. Working here has enabled me to develop myself and learn much more about the industry we all know and love!

Nick Hoedjes

Designer

As a graduate from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences with a degree in Industrial Product Design I joined DIANA as a Designer. I found myself continually captivated by designs in motion, architecture and products. I find that all of my passions merge with yachts. Yacht design requires critical thinking, problem solving and creativity on a scale that excites and inspires me daily. You are no longer creating just a mode of transportation, you are creating a feeling, a destination. This to me is a rewarding challenge and incredibly fun!