Your pension, your future
Love your future. Shell Pension.
Your pension, your future
Love your future. Shell Pension.

November 2020

Interview with Eveline Smeets, Head of Actuarial Affairs at SPN

"I am given the opportunity to pioneer"

Eveline Smeets, Head of Actuarial Affairs at Shell Pensioenbureau Nederland.
Lives together with her husband and three children in Huizen.

"After studying econometrics, I ended up in the world of pensions. A field that perhaps is not very dynamic, but is, however, highly interesting for a person involved in beta sciences like me. I enjoy combining my technical insight with my communication skills: explaining complex issues in simple terms so that everyone can understand them. In addition, I also think it is important to be innovative. The pension world consists largely of grey men in pinstripe suits. I try to be a breath of fresh air.


"As Head of Actuarial Affairs I am responsible for the liability side of the balance sheet. I calculate what the expected obligations are, how much money has to be kept in cash for that and the risks we run in doing so. Also, I offer support in all kinds of policy related matters. Currently, I am working on the pension agreement. I have been closely involved in the development of the agreement because I'm a member of all kinds of umbrella consultative groups, and I'm now helping with the implementation within Shell Pension. I really appreciate this opportunity to pioneer.

“As Head of Actuarial Affairs, I am responsible for the liabilities side of the balance sheet"

Coming to the office

"Just like all my colleagues, I have been working from home for months now. I miss the personal contact; walking into someone's office for a brief meeting or just for a chat. I also think it is a pity that I'm now spending more time behind my laptop and on the phone. On the other hand, I also see advantages. I see much more of what my children are up to, I don't have any travelling time and I find that virtual meetings are often very efficient. Still, I am looking forward to going back (partly) to the office again. Being on the move and having a lot of variety; that's what makes me happiest of all."