The Secretariat consists formally of six permanent positions and is under the supervision of the Secretary General. The staff supports the Board of the SER, in preparing and carrying out various activities. This applies to both the advisory and supervisory duties of the Board.
Gerard Richardson is the Secretary-General of the Social Economic Council of Sint Maarten as of January 1, 2012. In 2006 he graduated from the Hoge School van Amsterdam and obtained his bachelor in public law. In the fall of 2006 he resumed his studies at the University of Amsterdam studying International and European law. In December 2006 he took a sabbatical from his studies and relocated to Sint Maarten. On the island he worked from 2007 -2009 at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax assistant. In 2009 Gerard Richardson left the private sector to work for Government, he worked for the Legal Affairs & Legislation department until 2011.
At 32-years of age Bas Peters entered the Vrije University of Amsterdam and finished his master in Anthropology (2008) and Criminology (2009). He worked freelance for the Amsterdam Police and several research organizations on policy- and research projects during and after his studies. At the SER one of his task is to assess the quality of advice and work processes of the SER. He also performs research and writes advice to be discussed in the board. For several years Bas Peters held a coordinating position for the municipality of Amsterdam mainly working with the police and (mental) health services. After which he worked in the Telecomunication Industry for various Dutch Telecom companies.
As per 1 March 2012 Danielle Choennie-Babel joined the SER as their Legal Advisor. She does research and writes advice. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Amsterdam in European and International Law. As a Certified Compliance Professional at Fortis Intertrust her work experience was focused on legal and regulatory compliance with specialties in Know-Your-Customer policies and procedures and Anti- Money Laundering. After which Daniëlle Choennie-Babel continued to work as compliance professional for United International Management in Curacao and the Netherlands.
Ursela B. Salomon
Ursela B. Salomon holds the position of office manager. Her function entails organization of said office including updating the website and the handling of day to day affairs to ensure an efficient and effective office. Ursela attended the ‘Hoge School Interstudie’ in Nijmegen in the Netherlands and upon returning to the island entered the private sector, where she had been offering her services for some 20-plus years. Ursela Salomon left the private sector and began her career within the Government of St. Maarten in August of 2011, where she functioned as the secretary of the Justice Department and subsequently transferred in March of 2012 to the Social Economic Council.
Sharon Arnell born and raised in Sint Maarten, obtained her degrees as a medical laboratory technologist in chemistry (1996) and her bachelors in microbiology (2002) from the Hogeschool Leiden. Ms. Arnell has worked for many years in the Netherlands as lab technologist gaining valuable experience in the field of Health care. She pursued her masters in Health Economics Policy and Law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and graduated in 2011.
Upon returning to the island, Sharon joined the department of Public Health as a senior policy worker. Her main task was to develop and maintain the department’s vision in general with a specific focus on health care reform. In addition, Ms. Arnell was one of the main advisors at the department of Public Health, where she worked closely with the department head. As of March 1st, 2016, Ms. Arnell made the career move to the Social Economic Council, in the capacity as the senior policy advisor.