Board of Trustees

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Nuffic has a strict division of tasks, responsibilities and authority between internal supervision and senior management.

This division ensures that the interaction between the day-to-day management and the trustees is efficient and effective. The Board of Trustees is composed of:

Mr Arie Nieuwenhuijzen Kruseman (chair)

Arie Nieuwenhuijzen Kruseman (1949) is an emeritus professor in internal medicine at the Maastricht University Medical Centre.

Previously Mr Kruseman was dean of the Faculty of Medicine and rector magnificus at the same university and president of the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG).

He is also chair of the Board of Trustees of Stichting Elisabeth Strouven, member of the review committee for higher education and research, member of the Board of Management of QANU, chair of the Board of Management of Observant, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Stichting Gezondheidscentra Eindhoven, chair of the Board of Governers of the Dutch student chamber music society (NESKO) and chair of Stichting Historia Medicina.

Mr Kruseman is a member of the Remuneration Committee of Nuffic's Board of Trustees.

Mr Gert van den Berg (vice chair)

Former chairman of the Management Board and HR director at AkzoNobel Nederland BV Gert H. van den Berg (b. 1947) has been active on various fronts since his retirement.

Gert van den Berg studied chemical engineering at the University of Twente and joined AkzoNobel as a chemical engineer at the age of 26. In the years that followed he held numerous and varied positions in the company's international marketing, strategy development, ICT and operations divisions. Later he was appointed SBU manager of different AkzoNobel businesses worldwide and also served as a supervisory officer for various of the company's foreign activities for many years.

Among his other positions, Gert van den Berg was an Executive Committee member at the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and at the AWVN general employers’ association, and a member of the board of the Netherlands International Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation for Management Studies (SMS).

At present, Gert is part of Nuffic's Supervisory Board and is chairman of its Audit Committee. He is also an advisor to the boards of a number of small and medium-sized businesses, in areas including oil refining and water treatment.

In mid-2014 he was appointed treasurer of the Amersfoort Social Fund Foundation (Stichting SFA) and he is chairman of the accountability body of the APF pension fund. Furthermore, he is chairman of Stichting Meesterwerk in Concert, a member of the Supervisory Board of Cool Separations and acting CTO at Black Bear Carbon Black.

Mr Anne Flierman

Anne H. Flierman (1955) is Chairman of the Dutch Flemish accreditation organisation (NVAO). Anne Flierman graduated with a degree in History and Economics from Leiden University.

From 2005 to 2013 Dr Flierman was president of the Executive Board of the University of Twente (UT), where his main responsibility was the university's strategic development.

In addition, he has been a member of the Innovation Platform Twente and of the Executive Committee of the 3TU.Federation (an alliance between the three Dutch universities of technology), chairman of the P&O steering group of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), and speaker of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

Prior to this, from 2001 to 2005, he was vice-president of the Executive Board of Maastricht University. His responsibilities included the portfolios for finance, staff, IT and accommodation. From 1996 to April 2001 he was the municipal secretary for Arnhem.

Anne Flierman started his career in 1980 with the Ministry of Education and Science, subsequently taking a position at the Finance Department of the Municipality of Rotterdam, where he spent the last three years of his appointment as head of Budget Affairs and Control. He later became the municipality's director of General Administrative Affairs. From 1993 to 1996 he held administrative responsibility for the development of the planned city-province of Rotterdam.

At present, Anne Flierman is the chair of the Supervisory Board of the Streekziekenhuis Koningin Beatrix in Winterswijk and a member of the Supervisory Board of Cogas NV.

From 16 June 2009 he has been a member of the Senate of the States General, with focus areas including public health, innovation, town and country planning, water and nature.

Anne Flierman is member of the Hochschulrat of the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg.

Within Nuffic's Board of Trustees he is a member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Cathy Spierenburg

Cathy Spierenburg (1946) is a Children's Media advisor and founder/programme manager at My Book Buddy, an NGO that sets up special libraries for underprivileged children in developing countries.

She previously worked in primary and higher professional education, was a manager at Teleac/NOT and founded Zappelin/Zapp, the youth network of NPO, the Netherlands Public Broadcasting Association.

In addition to her long-standing experience gained in a range of organisations in the Netherlands and abroad, Ms Spierenburg currently serves as Chair of the Supervisory Board of ASKO (an association of 33 primary schools in Amsterdam), is a Board Member of the National Parents' Council (Landelijke Ouderraad) and a Board Member of the Dutch Reading Foundation (Stichting Lezen).

Ms Jos Leenhouts

Jos Leenhouts has a long and varied career in education and public administration.

After completing her studies in Human Geography at VU University in 1975, Jos Leenhouts worked as a geography and social studies teacher, dean and school year coordinator in secondary education in Hilversum and Almere. She also worked as a member of the programme council for Dutch Education Television (NOT), as a programme maker and presenter of educational television for adults, and as an academic staff member in Geography Education at the Catholic University of Nijmegen.

Fourteen years later she was appointed Director of the Municipal M.E.A.O. in Amsterdam. She later took up the position of Rector of the Daltonscholengemeenschap in The Hague, and worked in the role of Director of Vocational Training and Adult Education at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. She went on to become Director of European Integration at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Corporate Director of the Municipality of Amsterdam's Public Administration Division.

In 2002 she was appointed President of the Executive Board of ROC Mondriaan in The Hague and shortly afterwards joined the board of the Netherlands Association of VET Colleges (MBO Raad). On 1 September 2013 she relinquished these roles to become an independent adviser in public administration, education and labour market policy.

Jos Leenhouts has been engaged in a range of ancillary activities throughout her career: producer and presenter of education television programmes, Supervisory Board member of Fontys University of Applied Sciences (2004-2012), lecturer, supervisor and President of the Netherlands School of Educational Management (NSO), member of the NWO/Dutch Programme Council for Educational Research (PROO) and member of the Supervisory Board of the Nationaal Historisch Museum. Internationalisation has also been an integral part of her career.

She has served as a member of various ministerial advisory committees, has written articles on governance in the education and public sectors, and has given a range of lectures and presentations in this field. During her farewell reception at ROC Mondriaan in 2013 she was awarded the distinction of Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

As an independent adviser, Jos Leenhouts currently is a member of the Quality Council of the Quality Network for Senior Secondary Vocational Education, and a member of the Governance Code Monitoring Committee of the Netherlands Association of VET Colleges. She is sparring partner/adviser on relationships between parents and schools, educational research and the social status of deaf people. To conclude, she is Supervisory Board member of Viertaal, board member of Stichting 180 (which develops training programmes and educational material for young offenders' institutions) and is on the board of Theatergroep Drang, an educational theatre group engaged in social work based in The Hague.

Ms Katja Mur

Katja Mur (1971) has been a board member of the Dutch Data Protection Authority since February 2019. Prior to this she was Director of the Macro-Economic Issues and Labour Market Department of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). In that position she was involved in education and professional development in the care sector, such as innovation, international exchange and specialist training programmes.

In her previous position at VWS she was Director of the Youth Department. Before that, she was Interim Director of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technology Department. During her time at the Ministry of Finance she was Head of the Education Section at the Inspection of State Finances.

Other position: coach at the government's coaching centre InterCoach.

Within Nuffic's Board of Trustees Katja Mur is a member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Beatrice Boots

Beatrice Boots (1967) is a director of Platform Bèta Techniek (PBT). This foundation ensures that science, technology and engineering education is more aligned with the labour market. It engages with all education sectors – from primary to higher education – and the private sector.

At PBT she set up Jet-Net (Jongeren en Technologie Netwerk Nederland). She also developed EDK (Eerst De Klas), a trainee programme which trains academics to become top lecturers, with a special focus on the development of leadership skills.

Before joining PBT, she worked at the Jakarta Liaison Office of the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, the University of Groningen and Leiden University. She was also responsible for the internationalisation policy of the Faculty of Economics and Econometrics of the University of Amsterdam.

Within the Board of Trustees Beatrice Boots is a member of the Strategic Committee.

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