The Supervisory Council and the Advisory Council were introduced in 2012, as part of a structural reform aimed at making governance more efficient. Both committees carry out formal governance duties for NIMD. At the same time, governance committee members are committed to lending their seniority, expertise and status to NIMD as it executes its work. The role of both committees is laid out in NIMD’s constitution.
The Supervisory Council, composed of independent professionals, carries ultimate responsibility for NIMD and oversees its activities. Supervisory Council members are independently elected to time-limited terms, according to a profile system that ensures a balanced composition of background experience and specific managerial and policy skills. The Supervisory Council appoints the Executive Director.
The Advisory Council is a body of representatives from the political parties who are NIMD’s founding members. Its composition is determined by the Supervisory Council and Executive Director. The Advisory Council’s main formal role is to provide advice, including on its own initiative, to the Executive Director and Supervisory Council. The multiparty composition of the Advisory Council is the organizational foundation of NIMD’s non-partisan identity.
The Supervisory Council carries the highest level of responsibility within NIMD as an organization. It appoints and supervises the work of the Executive Director and is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the organization.
In practice, the Supervisory Council also provides NIMD with support and involvement from individuals with considerable experience and expertise in areas such as party politics, international diplomacy and governance.
All members of the Council , including the president, operate independently. They are selected and appointed according to the skills and competences they can bring to the organization. The Supervisory Council currently has six senior members but the number can vary from four to eight.
The current composition of the Council is:
The Advisory Council is the main organizational link between NIMD staff and Dutch political parties. All its members are senior, experienced party politicians, who are committed to NIMD and its principles and goals. Advisory Council members provide NIMD with considerable access to the skills, knowledge and networks from the world of party politics.
The Advisory Council’s formal role is to advise the Executive Director and the Supervisory Council on political and policy questions. It can provide advice on its own accord or be invited to do so when required.
The Council meets at least twice a year to discuss strategic issues and exchange ideas. It consists of 15 members, including the chairperson. All seven founding member parties are represented on the council.
The current composition of the council is: