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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is governed by a foundation, the ‘Stichting tot Beheer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’. This foundation is managed by a director/manager. A Supervisory Board attends to all supervisory tasks. Management and supervision relate to each other in accordance with the provisions of the Supervisory Board Model as described in the rewritten Cultural Governance Code published in 2006.
The foundation applies the principles and best practices contained in the Cultural Governance Code 'Pas toe of Leg uit' [Comply or Explain] (2006 edition). It is governed on the basis of what is known as the Supervisory Board Model. The director/manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum and the Supervisory Board supervises the adopted general financial policy. The principles of the code have been incorporated into the foundation’s articles and determine the division of tasks and responsibilities between manager and supervisory body.
Each year, the Supervisory Board evaluates whether the foundation complies with the Cultural Governance Code. In 2007/early 2008, the foundation was found to have consistently applied the code, in which regard it was noted that in 2008, additional attention was paid to the various contacts with stakeholders (including the municipality, other in-house foundations and volunteers).
As regards risk management mentioned in the code, the director’s report – which is prepared for the meetings of the Supervisory Board and which includes reports on day-to-day affairs – will be extended to include information on potential risks. In this context, the Supervisory Board has found the lines of communication between manager and supervisory body to be sufficiently short and the information provided clear and transparent.
At the end of 2007, the Supervisory Board evaluated its own performance, based on a number of bilateral talks held between chair and members. The results of these talks were discussed at a plenary meeting and will not lead to any amendments in the board’s working procedure. The Supervisory Board has a remuneration committee that discusses the performance of the director/manager each year with the incumbent, and subsequently issues a report to the board. On behalf of the board, an audit committee holds consultations with the museum’s commercial management and accountant several times a year, likewise issuing a report to the board. This means, in practice, that the director/manager is responsible for running the museum.
The Supervisory Board approves the budget and the annual accounts and monitors the way in which the director/manager works towards achieving the museum’s objectives. The director/manager is appointed and dismissed by the Supervisory Board. Acting on the recommendation of the Board and after hearing the director/manager, the municipal executive of the municipality of Rotterdam appoints the members of the Supervisory Board.
The Supervisory Board of the foundation ‘Stichting tot Beheer van Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’ comprises seven members including the chair. When preparing a nomination for the appointment of a new member, the Board takes account of the profile, which includes the most sought-after expertise and other qualifications.
This profile reads as follows: the aim of the Supervisory Board as a whole is to ensure a balanced distribution in terms of gender, age and international/national/local background. One of the members is expected to have the explicit confidence of the families that made the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen great. The Supervisory Board comprises members with specific expertise in the fields of science, art, finance, economy and politics/management. Moreover, one member has specific knowledge of publicity and marketing. Preferably, the board also includes one member with a background in national or international museum policy.