Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and every imaginable crossover. This page sets out the most important principles for good governance and oversight that the Fund upholds.
Cultural Governance Code
In the performance of their tasks, the Supervisory Board of Trustees and the Executive Director whose function also embraces the capacities of the Chairman of the Board, work in accordance with the Cultural Governance Code (in Dutch only). The principles are embedded in the Statutes and Regulations for Governance (in Dutch only). In the Board of Trustees model, managerial responsibility lies with the Executive Director.
The Executive Director is charged with the Fund’s day-to-day management. This entails the Executive Director being responsible for the achievement of the Fund’s objectives, the strategy and policy, and the results ensuing from this. The Executive Director gives account of this to the Board of Trustees and provides it with all the requisite information.
Syb Groeneveld has occupied the Fund’s post of Executive Director since 1 September 2016.
All the Executive Director’s tasks and competencies with respect to the awarding of project grants are specified in detail in the Subsidy Regulations.
The Executive Director’s tasks include formulating the following plans and revising them as necessary:
A policy plan for a period of four years;
An annual budget with an explanation;
An annual plan;
A plan in respect of a proper risk management and control system.
Supervisory Board of Trustees
The plans outlined above require approval by the Board of Trustees (Raad van Toezicht or RvT). The RvT meets an average of four times a year. The chairperson of the RvT prepares the agenda, leads the meetings, ensures the correct provision of information and rigorous decision-making, and oversees the proper functioning of the RvT. Each member of the RvT must be able to contribute independently and critically to the decision-making process. The RvT maintains a great distance from the conferment of grants and commissions, as these belong to the Executive Director’s responsibilities.
The Board of Trustees currently consists of:
1. Mr Roelof Bleker (chair), Dike Grave of Rivierenland District Water Board
2. Ms Femke den Boer, Director of the School of Fine Arts and Design|St.Joost, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda and ’s-Hertogenbosch
3. Ms Margot Gerené, Advisor at Blueyard
4. Mr Endry van Velzen, Director of De Nijl Architecten
5. Mr Jules van de Vijver, Chair of the Board of Governors, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Schedule of retirement
Mr R. Bleker: appointed 1 July 2011; reappointed 1 July 2015 to 1 July 2019
Ms F. den Boer: appointed 1 October 2014 to 1 October 2018
Ms M. Gerené: appointed 1 September 2012; reappointed 1 September 2016 to 1 April 2017
Mr E. van Velzen: appointed 1 July 2011; reappointed 1 July 2015 to 1 July 2019
Mr J. van de Vijver: appointed 1 October 2014 to 1 October 2018
An external selection committee appointed by the Executive Director and consisting of up to three external members selects the candidate members for the Fund’s various advisory committees. Candidate members are recruited via public announcement and apply for the function of advisor within an advisory committee.
Based on the applications, the external selection committee recommends potential members to the Executive Director. The Executive Director appoints committee members for a specific term. When constituting the committees, the factors taken into consideration include expertise, diversity, complementarity and specific specialities. The avoidance of any conflict of interest is an important criterion.
This year’s independent selection committee for new advisors consists of:
Kirsten Algera (chair) - design
Arzu Ayikgezmez - architecture
Ben Schouten - digital culture
Each grant programme works with a pool of advisors who participate in the committee meetings as and when needed. The expertise that is called for is determined on the basis of the applications. Advisory Committees are constituted in such a manner that members can operate independently and critically, and to avoid any conflict of interest arising. The precise composition of all the committees can be found on the Fund’s website.
Advisory committee on appeals
Applicants have the right to lodge an appeal to a decision reached by the Executive Director. The Executive Director then makes a decision based on the advice of committee members as a result of a committee meeting. The appeals procedure is described in the General Provisions concerning Objections and Appeals of the General Administrative Law Act. The Fund works with a permanent, independent advisory committee on appeals that is appointed by the Executive Director. This committee is externally recruited on the basis of predetermined profiles. Preventing any conflict of interest is taken into consideration in the constitution of the committee.
The advisory committee’s members are: I.C. van der Vlies (chair) L. Begas A.N.A. Buyserd A. Klawer J.J.R. Lautenbach
Cultural Governance Code
A new Cultural Governance Code (Gedragscode Cultuurfondsen)
came into effect on 1 May 2013. This code of conduct ensures transparency about the way in which the cultural funds exercise their public function, in order to contribute to the confidence of applicants and the public in the cultural funds. The code of conduct offers basic principles that foster the proper discharge of the public task, matters on which the funds can be called to account by the applicant. The Cultural Governance Code ensures transparency with regard to policy, a careful constitution of committees, and the avoidance of any conflict of interest. Six basic principles are important: integrity and impartiality, transparency, involvement of stakeholders, quality of services, evaluation and accountability.
You can read the Cultural Governance Code (in Dutch only) here.
Cultural Diversity Code
One of the Fund’s core tasks is to strengthen the interconnectedness of the creative industries and society. One aspect of this is drawing attention to increasing segregation and the role that cultural diversity plays in this. The Fund aims to be an organization in which cultural diversity is part of its DNA, recognizing and propagating its importance. This ambition rests on four mainstays: programming, public, personnel and partners, as designated in the Cultural Diversity Code.
You can read the Cultural Diversity Code here.