Henk Verhoek increases profile of total reward

Henk Verhoek has been head of reward at British Sugar and AB Sugar since March 2013.


He previously held various roles at Inchcape Shipping Services, including head of global reward and group compensation and benefits manager.

He has also been global compensation and benefits manager at Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and held a range of HR roles at Unitor Ships Service.

At Inchcape and Wilhelmsen, Verhoek built the global reward function from scratch. He says: “Reward was not on the agenda, HR was a very operational role, and they wanted to have more of a strategic approach to reward, HR and benefits.

“I basically built the whole reward function from being a very operational, payroll-related role to a strategic function within those organisations, so introducing total reward thinking. I am quite proud of leaving that as a legacy in those organisations.”

Verhoek is taking the same approach at British Sugar. “What I’m proud of at British Sugar is making the reward function visible,” he says. “I am a true believer in personal contact, speaking with people, doing presentations at the factories and helping employees understand what the benefits can do for them.”

Before embarking on a career in reward, Verhoek spent 15 years working in finance and auditing at Steens and Partners and EY.

  • Henk Verhoek will speak at Employee Benefits Live, which will take place on 24 and 25 September 2014 at Olympia, London.