Vital Future Group all began with the vision of founder Tom Geraets. Tom saw that the building sector was plagued by structural issues that made it unable to meet the huge global need for homes. He realised that the sector’s current model prevented it from meeting the demands of people who need homes, with a value chain that hampers rather than enables. Conscious of the importance of safe, quality housing and its impact on people’s lives, Tom set out to change the game through a radical new approach to the entire process of sustainable area development and building.

By rethinking the rules of the game and leveraging disruptive technology, Vital Future Group is creating a win-win model that generates broad-based value and incentivises doing good for people and planet. We are setting a new standard that limits financial risks and lets all stakeholders share fairly in the profits. An ultra-scalable and sustainable system that can supply the vast number of homes the world is crying out for.

Tom Geraets


Tom is the inventor of the Vital concept, and founder of the Vital group of companies. With a unique approach to innovation, he is always looking for cohesion and connections, and how paradoxes can generate innovative ideas. A firm advocate for sustainability, his passion for purpose-led leadership centres on creating inclusive growth to drive greater social value. As an entrepreneur, Tom’s previous projects include safeguarding a vast area of Amazon rainforest and initiatives in biofuel, advanced computing and fintech.

Frank Legters

Managing Director, Vital Future Group B.V.

Frank is a senior manager at Royal HaskoningDHV. Leading a team of 400 colleagues across Europe, he is responsible for commercial success in the field of mobility, urban development, energy and infrastructure markets. With a strong portfolio in new market penetration and setting up the public sector for success in the decarbonised economy, Frank’s passion lies in developing propositions to create new value for shareholders and stakeholders alike. His management qualifications include Blue Line Management from INSEAD and Best Value Approach from Arizona State University.

Aart-Jan Kraakman

Lead Vital Building

Aart-Jan is a senior manager at Royal HaskoningDHV bringing more than 20 years of outstanding leadership in managing organisations in construction and real estate. Together with our partners and clients, Aart-Jan leads and shapes collaborations that help create high-quality and inclusive built environments that are climate-resilient, sustainable and energy efficient. From 2002 to 2010, he was responsible for the strategic direction and growth of independent consultancy firm, Infocus B.V., leading a team of 70 employees. Infocus was subsequently acquired by Royal HaskoningDHV and Aart-Jan continues today as Strategic Manager for the team, supporting clients to optimize their real estate portfolios and deliver on growth strategies through real estate operations and development.

Gerben Koppelman

Lead Vital Net - digital platform

With over 20 years of executive experience in leading digital enterprises, guiding digital transformations and reinventing business models with disruptive digital innovations, Gerben currently serves as a director at Royal HaskoningDHV’s digital division. Responsible for commercializing digital innovations and driving enterprise-wide transformation through focused execution, his focus lies firmly on creating the best-in-class digital experience from an end-user perspective. Gerben is an active leader in business and technology communities, bringing a unique combination of digital expertise, commercial execution and entrepreneurship to shape the next generation of liveable cities with scalable platform solutions.

Patrick Hebbard

Director Vital Areas UK

Patrick Hebbard, a Director within Royal HaskoningDHV’s Transport and Planning UK Team, is part of the leadership team establishing Vital Areas in the UK. Patrick has in excess of 15 years’ experience in progressing large residential-led mixed use schemes through the UK planning system. Patrick brings a wealth of experience to the Vital Future Group team in leading multi-disciplinary teams involved in delivering land development schemes, with a focus on masterplanning, high-quality place-making and incorporating sustainable transport measures into developments.