AMBER Alert Europe’s operational team is responsible for the daily management of AMBER Alert Europe’s activities. The team is composed of people that are serviced by AMBER Alert Europe’s sponsors, as well as volunteers.

Lodewijk Buschkens (BE)

Sr. Public Affairs Manager

Profile: As senior public affairs manager in Brussels, Lodewijk supports the positioning and advocacy of AMBER Alert Europe towards the European Union. He has over 20 years’ experience in European Public Affairs.

Charlie Hedges (UK)

Missing Children Police Expert Group Coordinator

Profile: Charlie Hedges is a renowned UK specialist in the field of missing children. He is responsible for the Police Expert Group and provides specialist support and training in the area of missing children. Working at the UK Police force for over 30 years, he has helped to shape policy and strategy in this area. Mr Hedges has worked for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), and the UK Police Forces.

Linda van Oppen (The Netherlands)

Operations Manager & Legal

Profile: As Head of Operations of AMBER Alert Europe, Linda is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day management of the foundation, while working tirelessly to further develop the AMBER Alert Europe community across Europe.


Richard Renkens (Belgium)

Technical Support Coordinator

Profile: Richard is responsible for the development and maintenance of the AMBER Alert Europe website as well as the coordination of support to EU countries in the process of implementing a national AMBER Alert mechanism.


Antoinette Vlieger (The Netherlands)

Human Rights Activist / Legal Counsel

Profile: Antoinette is a lawyer with a background in human rights research. She provides legal counsel, knowledge of human trafficking and scientific criticism.


Frits Vos (Belgium)

Chief Technical Officer

Profile: Frits is in charge of the design and implementation of national AMBER Alert mechanisms. He oversees the overall technical strategy of AMBER Alert Europe.