Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is responsible for the integral supervision of the policies and plans of ZOA and for monitoring the identity of the organisation. In that sense, the Supervisory Board advises and assists ZOA’s Board in finding the right course of action for the organisation in line with ZOA’s statutory obligations.

The members of the Supervisory Board contribute their expertise from various fields to the best interest of the organisation. Besides their supervisory duty, the members also have more formal responsibilities such as appointing and assessing ZOA’s Board and approving the budget. Moreover, the Supevisory Board represents the constituency of ZOA and represents the society within the organisation.

The CEO on the other hand, who individually forms ZOA’s Board, is responsible for the executive decision and daily management of the organisation. Through this separation of powers between ZOA’s Board and the Supervisory Board, ZOA meets the governance guidelines for charitable organisations as established in the Wijffels Code (Code Wijffels) which indicates the correct relationship between ‘management’ and ‘supervision’.

Tasks of the Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board has been entrusted with the following tasks and areas of authority:

  • supervising and monitoring the identity of the organisation;
  • ensuring that ZOA’s Board is functional (by appointing, evaluating, suspending and dismissing (members of) the board);
  • determining how many members ZOA’s Board should have;
  • monitoring the normative context in which the board of the foundation operates;
  • arranging properly functional internal supervision (by appointing, evaluating, suspending and dismissing (members of) the Supervisory Board);
  • advising and providing feedback to ZOA’s Board;
  • integral supervision of the Board´s policy and the general state of affairs within the foundation;
  • evaluating and – if prescribed by the articles of the association – approving decisions by ZOA’s Board;
  • supervising policy for information, awareness, advocacy, fundraising and effective allocation of resources obtained.

The Supervisory Board also ensures that the policy implemented by ZOA’s Board corresponds with the (multi-annual) policy plans and budgets that have been adopted and approved. The Supervisory Board and the CEO agree on the benchmarks to be applied by the Board. The Board shall base these on external codes and guidelines and shall review compliance periodically.

Remuneration and Audit Committees

The Supervisory Board has two committees that operate in accordance with the prevailing regulations. The Remuneration Committee represens the Supervisory Board in matters relating to the appointment of the CEO and arranges the terms of employment. Moreove, the Committee asseses the functioning of ZOA’s Board members and, based on that, determines his salary at the beginning of each year.

The Audit Committee is made up by three members of the Supervisory Board, including the member responsible for the finance portfolio, and three ZOA staff members. The Audit Committee focuses on strengthening the internal audit function of the organisation.

Supervisory Board Members

Dr. Ir. H. Paul MPA, chairman of the Supervisory Board and chairman of the Renumeration Committee.
Mr. Paul is project-Deputy Secretary-General at Ministry of finance.
Advisory board member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)
Term: 2010 – 2015

Drs. A. Bouw RA (Adriaan), member of the Supervisory Board and working as a chartered accountant with a financial institution.
Term: 2016 – 2020

Drs. J. Kamphorst, member of the Supervisory Board and chairman of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Kamphorst is interim-manager and organisational advisor.
Member of the Supervisory Board of the Accolade Zorggroep (Foundation for Care and Welfare).
Term: 2012 – 2017

Mr. B.J. van Putten LL.M, member of the Supervisory Board.
Mr. Van Putten is a retired mayor.
Honorary consul of the Republic Romania;
Chairman of Gherla Foundation;
Vice-chairman of the Local Committee;
Development Cooperation Putten.
Term: 2012 – 2017

Drs. J.J.A. Olij – Haak, chair of Executive Board of Timon, a youth welfare organisation.
Term: 2015 – 2020

* According to ZOA’s statutes, the members of the Supervisory Board shall resign by rotation, but no more than five years following their appointment. Members of the Supervisoy Board that step down according to this shall be eligible for reappointment once, according to the procedure set forth in the regulations of the Supervisory Board.

Recruitment, selection and appointment of the members

Recruitment of a new Supervisory Board member starts with compiling a profile based on a template and the current needs of the Supervisory Board. A selection committee is composed of members from the Supervisory Board. The vacancy is then publicly announced, and the selection committee and the CEO of ZOA’s Board interview candidates. One candidate will be selected and appointed based on these interviews.

Financial compensation

Supervisory Board members do not receive financial compensation for their work. They can claim the expenses incurred in during the course of their duties as Supervisory Board members. In that case the same rules apply to their claims as those that apply to the claims of ZOA employees.