Cr Henk van de Ven was born in Holland in 1950 and migrated to Australia in 1958 with his family as unassisted migrants. He moved to Albury in 1985 to establish the local branch of Enzed which he and his wife Sue still operate today. Daughter Melinda is a vet in Albury after graduating in 2012.
Cr van de Ven was first elected to Council in 2004 and has served four terms as Deputy Mayor. Cr van de Ven admits that he is passionate about Albury and its future and has great hopes and aspirations for the city and the region. Achieving financial sustainability will be a major focus of his term on Council.
Away from Council, Cr van de Ven enjoys all sports, but confesses to being a golf "tragic". He was awarded a Life Membership of the Murray District Golf Association in 2011. He and wife Sue have been heavily involved with the Albury Harness Racing Club for 20 years and he joined his wife as a Life Member this year.
Cr van de Ven was also appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2004 and volunteers for JP duty on a reasonably regular basis. During his term as Mayor, Cr van de Ven wants to ensure that Council continues to engage with and listen to the community and what it wants for the future, and to deliver on the infrastructure and services needed to make Albury a "City of choice" for both current and future residents.
Cr van de Ven served as AlburyCity Mayor from September 2015 to September 2016.