Who are we?

We – Margriet Ravensbergen & Erwin Derksen – are the persons behind Buro RaDer, where especially Margriet occurs in the forefront. As a child she was already busy with paper & colors and with reading & writing and then already won a newspaper making competition of a regional newspaper. After being trained and worked as a graphic specialist in the field of text and design, Margriet continued her career in a coordinating position within the printing industry. Subsequently she joined an international paper manufacturer to perform various marketing functions for this company in the Netherlands, England and Belgium.

One evening in Utrecht (the Netherlands) we were cycling (another great passion of us) to our spinning class. During this bike ride we realised that by combining our qualities (graphic design & marketing for Margriet and computer science and web applications for Erwin) we could, with web design, make our dream of working and living and France come true.

At that time Margriet was working as a marketing coordinator for an American company butshe decided to start following the dream and to offer web design on a freelance basis. In December 2007 we moved to Le Mont-Dore in the Puy de Dôme department of the French Auvergne region. There we are not only busy with Buro RaDer but also with our other passion: cycling. In Le Mont-Dore we took up residence in Les Camélias; a large residence where we not only live and work themselves but where we also let out holiday apartments and organise cycling holidays.

Erwin is more the silent force that stays in the background. He has a university degree in computer science and has always been working in software development. In recent years he has mainly been working in the field of web applications. Erwin has a strong focus on quality, standards and performance. And especially the thorough IT knowledge of Erwin forms an excellent combination with the graphic and international marketing background of Margriet.