Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is the statutory supervising body of Utrecht University. The Board consists of five members who are each appointed by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science for a four-year term.

The Executive Board informs the Supervisory Board of the most important developments and events taking place at Utrecht University. The Executive Board requires the approval of the Supervisory Board on, among other things, the Strategic Plan, the Annual Report and the Annual Accounts.

The Supervisory Board meets with the University Council at least twice a year.

The Supervisory Board  

Ir. Karin Laglas

Karin Laglas (chairman of the Supervisory Board, member of the Audit Committee) was appointed to the Supervisory Board from 1 May 2020. Until 1 June 2021, she was board chair of housing corporation Ymere, operating in the Amsterdam region. Before that, she was dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology and worked, among others, at OVG Projectontwikkeling, Rodamco Europe, MAB Groep and at the beginning of her career at Twynstra Gudde.

Dr. Jan van der Eijk

Jan van der Eijk (vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board, president of the Commission on Education and Research) is an alumnus of Utrecht University and became a member of the Supervisory Board on 1 October 2015. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1976 and completed a PhD on a physical organic subject in 1980. He worked for Shell for almost thirty years in different positions regarding research, technology and business operations in the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States. Ever since he left Shell, he applies his knowledge and skills to help society face the challenge of becoming more prosperous without depleting natural resources. Van der Eijk is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Havenbedrijf Moerdijk N.V.

Dr. Mirjam Bult 

Mirjam Bult (member of Supervisory Board) has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 1 January 2022. She works in the Advisory Division of the Dutch Council of State as a State Councillor. She is very familiar with the academic world from various roles. She was, among other things, Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the University of Twente, a consultant at KPMG and Federation Secretary of the 3TU. Bult is a social-administration specialist and obtained her PhD at the University of Twente with a research project into public-private collaboration.

Drs. Bas Hendriks

Bas Hendriks (member of Supervisory Board), member of Audit Committee) has been a member of the Supervisory Board and a member of the Audit Committee since 1 January 2022. He is Chief Financial Officer at NS Reizigers, as well as a supervisor at the Nederlandse Cystic Fibrosis Stichting (NCFS) and a member of the Supervisory Board of NS Insurance. Hendriks studied Econometrics in Tilburg, and has previously worked as CFO at NS Stations, CFO at Qbuzz and as a Managing Consultant at PwC.

Dr. Adrian de Groot Ruiz

Adrian de Groot Ruiz (Supervisory Board member, R&D committee member) has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 1 August 2022. He is the director of Impact Institute, a social enterprise that helps organisations measure, value and improve their impact. He is also a co-founder of True Price, an organisation with the mission that every product is sold at a 'real price' so that every consumer can buy sustainable and affordable products. He studied natural and social sciences at University College Utrecht and econometrics at the University of Amsterdam. After a PhD at the UvA, he worked as an associate professor of Finance at Radboud University in Nijmegen, among other places, where he conducted research in behavioural economics and sustainable finance. De Groot Ruiz was a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, a member of the think tank Worldconnectors and is co-founder of the SDG Charter and the Impact Economy Foundation.

Secretary to the Supervisory Board

Els Noorda, Heidelberglaan 8, 3584 CS Utrecht.