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Management and structure

The tasks and competencies of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board are defined in the administrative regulations. Within the Executive Board, we have made a portfolio allocation.

Legal structure

University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) is a legal entity governed by public law under the Act on Higher Education and Scientific Research (WHW).

All activities at UMC Utrecht related to the commercialization of patentable inventions and the creation of spin-off companies fall under UMC Utrecht Holding B.V. Under the Dutch Patents Act of 1995, UMC Utrecht is the owner of all patentable inventions by its staff members. The Executive Board has entrusted the management of these to UMC Utrecht Holding B.V. This includes the start and coordination of patent applications,
the search for suitable commercial partners, and license negotiations. UMC Utrecht Holding B.V. pioneers innovation and knowledge valorization through patent control, the licensing of knowledge or participation in
BVs where knowledge is developed further, and provides services (care-related innovations that do not involve any patents or licenses). UMC Utrecht is the sole owner of UMC Utrecht Holding B.V.

The public-law entity UMC Utrecht is accredited under the Care Institutions Accreditation Act (Wet toelating zorginstellingen, WTZi) and applies the Governance code for Healthcare. UMC Utrecht is registered at the Chamber of Commerce under KvK number 30244197 and company number 000023527250.

For the related parties, we refer to the accounting policies in the financial statements, where under the associated legal entities and natural persons are listed.

Management philosophy

The management philosophy of UMC Utrecht is based on three lines of responsibility:

  1. Divisions and departments are according to the first line wholly responsible for their own operational process and risk control. Through self-monitoring they supervise how effectively they are doing it with
    regard to policy and strategic frameworks.

  2. Directorates are in the second line responsible, together with health-care providers, for taking the strategic goals of UMC Utrecht, operational risks and laws and regulations that apply to their – content supporting – field, and translating it into policy. The focal points do this in the field of health care, research and education. In coordination with the divisions, they issue a supported proposal that is
    submitted to the Executive Board for decision. Departments and focal points advise/facilitate the first line in the implementation of policy and monitor the organization-wide execution thereof. The second line monitors implementation and reports this to the first line, including the Executive Board.

  3. The Executive Board is responsible for the strategy of the organization and is wholly responsible for business operations, compliance with laws and regulations and standards, and the realization of the strategic goals. The Executive Board is supported in this by an internal audit section that, based on an annually drafted audit plan, tests whether risks in the organization are sufficiently controlled, and where there may be areas for improvement.

A number of UMC-wide consultation structures facilitate and structure the coordination between division managers, board members, focal-point chairs, and members of the Executive Board: Strategic Consultation, Operational UMC Utrecht Consultation, Business Operations Consultation, Education Consultation, and Research Consultation.

Executive Board

Prof. M.M.E. (Margriet) Schneider, Chair

Margriet Schneider (1959) is Professor of Internal Medicine and a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Utrecht University (UU). She graduated in Medicine at UU in 1991 and in 1998 obtained her doctorate there. From 2004 to 2010, she held the position of Chair and Medical Manager of the new Intensive Care Center division, with the task to combine the four separate IC units at UMC and to innovate in a future-proof way and start up the Intensivist and IC nursing course. During this time, an international award-winning state-of-the-art intensive care unit was built on the roof of UMC Utrecht. In 2010 she was appointed as Chair of the Internal Medicine & Dermatology department and Internal Medicine instructor, and Chief Instructor for the Utrecht region. In November 2015 Magriet Schneider became Chair of the Executive Board of UMC Utrecht and in this capacity gave shape to the renewal of the UMC.

Margriet Schneider held the following additional positions in 2022:

  • NFU Chair (until June 1, 2022)/ Vice Chair (from June 1, 2022) (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Chair of ROAZ Midden-Nederland (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Board member of Oncomid (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Health Hub Utrecht ambassador (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Director of Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (unremunerated)

  • Chair of Bestuurstafel Gezond Utrecht (unremunerated, position-related)

Prof. A.W. (Arno) Hoes, Dean and Vice Chair

Prof. Arno Hoes (1958) has been Dean and Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of UMC Utrecht since June 1, 2019. Arno Hoes is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice at Utrecht University and was Division Chair of the currently Chair of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the UMC Utrecht until June 1, 2019. His research and teaching activities focus mainly on (early) diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic interventions in cardiovascular disease and on clinical research methods. He has a wealth of experience in managing national and international scientific associations and was closely involved in drawing up range of national and international clinical guidelines.

In 2022, Arno Hoes held the following additional positions

  • Chair of the steering group cluster cardiovascular risk management, Dutch Federation of Medical Specialists (FMS) (unremunerated, work-related)

  • Member of advisory commission, Dutch Association for Epidemiology (VvE) (unremunerated, work-related)

  • Chair of the Supervisory Board, DCVA (Dutch Cardiovascular Association) unremunerated, work-related)

  • Member of the Heart Failure Guidelines Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology (unremunerated, work-related)

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands Center for One Health (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Utrecht Holdings (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Chair of the Supervisory Board, European Clinical Research Alliance on Infectious Diseases (ECRAID) (work-related, unremunerated)

  • Chair of the Supervisory Board, anDREa B.V. (digital research environment) (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Member of the editorial board, European Journal of Heart Failure (unremunerated, work-related)

  • Member of the ESC Heart Failure editorial board (unremunerated, work-related)

Mr. J.W.R. (Remco) van Lunteren, member of the Executive Board

Remco van Lunteren (1977) studied Organization, Culture & Management at Utrecht University. He started his career in 2003 as procurement and ICT manager and subsequently worked as general manager of M2 Vloeren, his family business. After that, he built up managerial experience with the province of Utrecht as
deputy from 2010 till 2015. At UMC Utrecht, he was director for strategic alliances since 2015, and in 2019 became business operations manager of the Brain-care division. As crisis capacity manager at UMC Utrecht, he played an important part in 2020 and 2021 in the organizing and upscaling of care during the COVID pandemic. Remco van Lunteren joined the UMC Utrecht Executive Board on November 1, 2021 as Chief Operations Officer. In this capacity, he is Chair of Operational UMC Consulting and portfolio-holder of most of the (healthcare) divisions and the directorate of Quality & Patient Safety at UMC Utrecht.

Remco van Lunteren held the following additional positions in 2022:

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of A15 Apotheek (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Member of the Education & Patient Care Commission (unremunerated, position-related)

  • Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of PALLAS Foundation & NRG Foundation (remunerated)

  • Vice-Chair of the Board of the International Franz Liszt Competition (unremunerated)

  • Chair of the Supervisory Board of Speelklok Museum (unremunerated)

  • Chair of the Association of Former Members of the Utrecht Provincial Council (unremunerated)

Ms J.C.E. (Josefien) Kursten, member of the Executive Board

Josefien Kursten (1973) became a member of the Executive Board of UMC Utrecht on January 1, 2022. In her role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on the Executive Board she is responsible for the finances and (sustainable) operational management of UMC Utrecht.

Josefien studied General Economics at Tilburg University. After graduating, she worked for more than 10 years in various ministries as financial policy advisor and manager. In 2008 she went over to the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) where she filled various managerial positions. From 2016 to the end of 2021 she was head of regulation, and in this capacity oversaw the regulation of curative and long-term care. With her experience, Josefien contributes considerable expertise to keep qualitative care accessible and affordable.

Josefien Kursten held the following additional positions in 2022:

  • Acceleration Board in Healthcare (unremunerated)

  • Lecturer for Erasmus Center for Healthcare Management (unremunerated)

  • General Board member Vereniging Samenwerkingsverband Uithofbeheer (unremunerated, work-related)

  • Member of the Council of Members, SURF (unremunerated, work-related)

  • Board member, DHD (unremunerated, work-related)

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is in charge of continuously monitoring everything that happens at UMC Utrecht, which includes supervising compliance with laws, rules, guidelines, instructions and regulations that apply to UMC Utrecht. These duties and powers are further elaborated in the board regulations and by-laws of the Supervisory Board.

Members of the Supervisory Board are appointed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W). The Supervisory Board draws up a general profile for its composition, with attention to expertise, skills and diversity.

Five committees advise the Supervisory Board in their respective fields and helps the Board prepare for its decision-making. The Supervisory Board is responsible for decision-making. The five committees are:

  • the Audit committee

  • the Quality of Care and Patient Safety committee

  • the Education and Research committee

  • the Governance and HR committee

  • the Defense committee

The composition of the Supervisory Board was modified in 2022. The second term of audit committee chair Peter Leijh ended on April 30, 2022. The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science appointed Dave del Canho as member of the Supervisory Board of UMC Utrecht effective May 1, 2022. Dave del Canho took on the position of Chair of the Audit Committee.

 The composition of the UMC Utrecht Supervisory Board in 2022 was as follows:

Ms C.E. (Caroline) Princen, Chair (second term, ending 02-28-2023)

  • Member of the Governance and HR committee

  • Member of the Defense committee

Primary post: CEO Nuts Groep

Caroline Princen held the following (additional) positions in 2022:

  • Member of the supervisory board, Ordina

  • Chair of the supervisory board, Perspectief

Prof. M. (Marianne) de Visser, Vice Chair (second term, ending 07-01-2024)

  • Chair, Quality and Safety committee

  • Member of the Education and Research committee

Former primary posts: Neurologist and former Chair of the Outpatient Division of Amsterdam University Medical Center, and Emeritus Professor of Neuromuscular Diseases at the University of Amsterdam.

Marianne de Visser holds the following additional positions:

  • Member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Hague

  • Member of the Supervisory Board, Leyden Academy, Leiden

  • Member of the Supervisory Board, Center for Human Drug Research, Leiden

  • Board member, Voeding Leeft, Amsterdam

  • Chair of the Board, Interest Group for Chronic Respiratory Support (VSCA)

  • Board member, Genetic Engineering Committee (Bilthoven)

  • Member of the Guidance Committee for Evaluation of the Health Council

  • Chair of the Project Committee, Biotechnology Trend Analysis 2022

Mr D. (Dave) del Canho, general member (from May 1, 2022 (first term, ending 05-01-2026)

  • Chair of the Audit Committee

Primary post: Managing partner at Del Canho & Engelfriet B.V.

Dave del Canho holds the following additional positions:

  • Member of the Supervisory Board, Blue Sky Group

  • Board Member of the Foundation Cor van Zadelhoff Fund

  • Member of the Supervisory Board, Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum)

  • Chair of the Board, WKZ Fund

Mr A.H.P. (Aloys) Kregting, general member (second term, ending 12-01-2024)

  • Member of the Audit Committee

  • Chair of the Governance and HR committee

Primary post: Senior Vice President Global Enabling Services at ASML

Aloys Kregting holds the following additional position:

  • Member of the supervisory board, Volksbank

Mr J.H. (Han) van Gelder, general member (first term, ending 10-1-2024)

  • Chair of the Defense Committee

Primary post: Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Finance

Prof. B.A.M. (Anne-Mei) The, general member (first term, ending 5-31-2025)

  • Chair of the Education and Research committee

  • Member of the Quality of Care and Patient Safety committee

Primary posts:

  • Instigator and owner Tao of Care B.V.

  • Co-instigator and owner of Dementie achter de voordeur B.V.

  • Endowed professor of Longterm Care and Social Approach to Dementia, with a special focus on diversity, VU.

Ms The holds the following additional positions:

  • Regent RCOAK (Rooms Catholyck Oude Armenkantoor Foundation), an equity fund

  • Member of the Supervisory Board, In mijn buurt Foundation

Activities of the Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board was briefed in 2022 on developments at UMC Utrecht and on the implementation of its policy.

In 2022, the Supervisory Board organized supervision through webinars, consultations with the Executive Board and employee representatives, newsletters, team-building, topic discussions, work visits, various reports, and a self-appraisal. The Chair of the Supervisory Board moreover participates in Chair discussions of the joint Supervisory Boards of UMCs, which take place twice a year.

The Supervisory Board also undertook various other activities in 2022, including:

  • Six regular meetings (five times in person and once online) meetings with the Executive Board.

  • Participation (partly in person, partly online) in committee meetings of the Supervisory Board.

  • Two (online) consultations with the Works Council. One (online) consultation with the Client Council.

  • In the scope of onboarding for one new member, introductory talks were held, work visits were conducted, and a master class was presented.

  • Attendance of a digital week start, participation in digital tracers, and in-depth theme events.

  • A few members attended the annual disaster exercise at the Major Incidents hospital.