International Board of Trustees
In 2008, WECF changed to a new governance model in which the former Board of the Foundation - with only Dutch members - was converted into an International Board of Trustees. This BoT has 3 to 7 members and bears the final responsibility for the strategic and financial management of the Foundation WECF. It has given a larger mandate to the Directors. It assesses the results of the management by the Executive Director who, in close cooperation with the Directors of the German and French offices and a management team, is responsible for the financial and organisation management and work executed by the three offices of WECF.
Members of the Board of Trustees are appointed on the basis of their experience and expertise and execute their function on a voluntary basis. They are appointed for a period of four years and can be re-elected once. Next to their controlling tasks they advise the Executive Director, can perform representative functions for WECF and, as far as time allows, keep in touch with the work and members of WECF through visits to projects of WECF members or participation in workshops with members.
For the period 2015 onwards, the members of the BOT are:
- Corinne Lepage, president
- Maria Buitenkamp, treasurer
- Irene Dankelman, member
- Hannah Birkenkötter, member
Other members are in discussion.
From 2010 to 2015, the members of the BOT were:
- Christine von Weizsäcker, president
- Erma Uytewaal, member
- Bert Kuiter, treasurer
- Grietje Zeeman, member
- Teresa Fogelberg, member
Founder of WECF Marie Kranendonk handed over the function of president and Willy Douma the function of secretary of the Board in 2009, after many years in which they helped to build WECF into the network organisation it is at the moment: with 150 member organisations in over 40 countries in the European region, the Caucasus and Central Asia, with many projects in those regions and substantial advocacy and awareness raising activities from local to international level.
A formal farewell event took place at the end the 15th anniversary of WECF which was celebrated with a conference in June 2009. Marie Kranendonk was appointed as Honorary President of WECF during that occasion.
The Board of Trustees maintains close connections with the International Advisory Board by mutual representation at each other's meetings.
International Advisory Board
The International Advisory Board represents the member organisations of WECF, and its advice on strategic issues affecting the member organisations and regions is leading for the Board of Directors. It also approves the admission of new member organisations and the use of membership contributions by the member organisations.
The International Advisory Board advises the organisation on the main directions of its work, the thematic areas and regional issues, and approves member applications. It represents the member organisations of WECF, and works in an advisory capacity on strategic issues affecting the member organisations and regions. It also approves the admission of new member organisations and the use of membership contributions by the member organisations.
The following IAB members were elected in 2010 at the members meeting in Tatabunary, Ukraine, and their term renewed for another 3 years in 2013 at the members meeting in Istanbul, Turkey:
• Anna Tsvietkova (Mama-86, Ukraine)
• Elena Manvelyan (AWHHE, Armenia)
• Mihaela Vasilescu (Medium et Sanitas, Romania)
• Rostom Gamisonia (RCDA, Georgia)
• Diana Iskreva (Earth Forever, Bulgaria)
• Svitlana Slesarenok (Black Sea Women Club, Ukraine)
• Helen Lynn (H&E Consultant, UK)
• Nadeshda Kutepova (Planet of Hopes, Russia)
• Kaisha Atakhanova (Eco Center, Kazakhstan)
The IAB also mandates a representative to take part in the meetings of the International Board of Trustees and the WECF Project Selection Committee. The IAB meets once or twice a year, either in person or by video-conference. The IAB counts a minimum of 7 members and a maximum of 11 members, and 2 co-chairs (east-west).
Code of Conduct
An important document for both IAB and BoT is the WECF Code of Conduct. You can find a download of the document here