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 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 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: