Royal FloraHolland | New candidates for Members' Council

New candidates for Members' Council

The Nomination Committee has nominated seven candidates for appointment as Members' Council members as from 1 January 2024: Eloy Bies, Luuk van der Burg, Stefan de Frankrijker, Rob ten Have, Bastian van den Hoogen, Patrick van Paassen and Willen van der Voort. The Members’ Council elections will take place from 29 November up to and including 6 December 2023. All members of Royal FloraHolland can vote then online.

How does the inflow and outflow of the Members' Council work?

On 1 January 2019, the new Members’ Council started off with 42 members. Members are appointed for a period of four years. They can then be reappointed for a further four years. In an exceptional situation, an extended reappointment of two times two years is possible. The Nomination Committee assesses whether there is an exceptional situation and sufficient motivation to nominate someone for extended reappointment.

To prevent the whole Members’ Council from consisting of entirely new faces all of a sudden, a Retirement Schedule has been adopted. In this way, the inflow and outflow will be evenly distributed over the coming years. According to this schedule, three members are now nominated for reappointment. They can be re-elected for a further four years. Two members are nominated by means of extended reappointment. They are eligible for re-election for another two years.

Four members retire from the Members’ Council in accordance with the retirement schedule. The basic principle is that the Members’ Council will consist of 35 to 45 members ensuring a good reflection of the total membership. Members’ Council members can also choose to retire mid-term.

What does this mean for the Members’ Council in 2024?

Inflow
After careful selection, the Nomination Committee has selected seven new members. They will be nominated for appointment as Members Council members as from 1 January 2024. The candidates are:
  • Eloy Bies, Losser region / Germany
  • Luuk van der Burg, Aalsmeer region
  • Stefan de Frankrijker, Oostland region
  • Rob ten Have, Westland region
  • Bastian van den Hoogen, Brabant region / Kenya / Ethiopia / Colombia
  • Patrick van Paassen, Westland region
  • Willem van der Voort, Westland region



Reappointment
In the case of reappointment, it concerns the following people who are, therefore, already serving on the Members' Council at present:
  • Peter Smak
  • Gerrit Vermöhlen
  • Steef Meewisse

Extended Reappointment
In the case of extended reappointment, it concerns the following people who are, therefore, already serving on the Members' Council at present:
  • Arnoud van der Knaap
  • Peter Varekamp

Follow-up process in summary
From 29 November to 6 December, members can vote remotely (online).

The candidates will be appointed once a majority of the votes have been cast for him or her. The new Members' Council members will be officially announced during the Members' Meeting, on the Day of the Cooperative on 7 December 2023. Next year, there will be another opportunity for members to put themselves forward as candidates for the Members' Council.

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