Profile of the Supervisory Board
Van Gogh Museum Foundation, Amsterdam
This profile is formulated in keeping with the Code Cultural Governance. According to the Code’s principles, the Supervisory Board may not have a one-sided composition regardless of the potential individual suitability of each of its members. Accordingly, at least one member of the Board must have knowledge of and experience with social relations. Expertise and experience in the financial, economic and social sectors must be independently represented. Furthermore, at least one member must have a thorough understanding of the specific kinds of activities concerned, in this case the tasks and operation of a large museum.
The members of the Supervisory Board are appointed by the Supervisory Board, having heard the general director.
Independence and Incompatibility
The proper functioning of a Supervisory Board is closely linked to the objectivity and independence of its members. The Board must be composed such that its members can operate independently and critically vis-à-vis each other and management (Statutes: article 11). Upon appointment, there should be no differences or conflicts of interest (measures will continue to be taken should such obstacles arise during the term of office).
Desired Composition of the Board
The statutory number of members of the Supervisory Board is at least five (Statutes: article 10, section 2). The following factors are important in determining the desired composition of the Supervisory Board:
The Board must be able to responsibly fulfil the tasks as prescribed by law, the Code Cultural Governance and other rules;
The Board must strive to achieve a representative mixture of age, gender, nationality, experience and cultural background of its individual members;
The Board requires the following areas of expertise (listed in random order) to be well-represented: managerial and political experience on a national level; financial and business; judicial; cultural diversity; intercultural communication; social relations.
The Board requires that one of its members be a director of an international museum. The chairmanship is not by definition bound to one of the aforementioned categories.
The chairman cannot be the director of an international museum. The position of treasurer is filled by a member specialised in finance and business.
Supervision and Advice
Members of the Supervisory Board are expected - also with respect to making time available - to supervise and stimulate management policy and the general course of events within the foundation in a timely and competent fashion, and to advise management in the development and implementation of policy. In addition, the members must operate independently and critically vis-à-vis other members of the Board and management and in the absence of management take measures to ensure leadership of the foundation.
Present composition of the Board
Ms J. E. M. (Jacobina) Brinkman
Chair (appointed as of 24 March 2023)
Partner at PwC
Additional activities: Member of the Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board; Chair Women Inc; Member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee of Stadsherstel Amsterdam.
Mr H.J. (Hendrik Jan) Roel
Member (appointed until November 2024)
CFO Albert Heijn
Additional activities: Member of the Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board; Member of the Board of Trustees and Chair Audit Committee of the Hotelschool The Hague; Chair Daily Management and General Management GS1 Nederland.
Ms M. (Maurine) Alma
Member (appointed until June 2022)
Chief Marketing Officer at Takeaway.com
Additional activities: Member of the Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board; Member of the Supervisory Board of Coolblue BV; Member of the Nimbus Ventures Advisory Board.
Ms M. (Marian) Spier
Member (appointed until August 2023)
Additional activities: Member of the Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board; Member of the Stichting Het HEM Board of Directors; Member of the Seed Capital Advisory Committee; Member of the Rutgers Supervisory Board; Board Member of Well Made Productions; Member of the IND Social Advisory Board; Member of the museumzaken Advisory Board; Founder FEM-START.
Ms L. (Laurence) des Cars
Member (appointed until February 2027)
President-Director of the Musée du Louvre