NEN's success is based on its employees, about 300 in total, who put the customers’ interests first, excel in service delivery, and invest in continuous improvement.

NEN was founded in 1916 by the Dutch Society for Industry and Trade and the Royal Institute of Engineers. We have grown into an organisation with about 300 employees, more than 550 standards committees, and a turnover of €38 million.

The management of NEN consists of a Managing Director and a Financial Manager. The Managing Director chairs the management team. The General Manager and the Financial Manager are the statutory directors of NEN, and together they form the management team, which is responsible for strategic choices and decisions.

General Manager

The General Manager, Rik van Terwisga, is responsible for the daily management of the three business units. Standards and Electrical & ICT focus on the development of standards and schedule management. Standards, Products & Services is responsible for the publication and the promotion of standards and the development of standard products. The service units HRM, Legal and International Affairs, Strategic Account Management and Communication are also the responsibility of the General Manager.

>> Background Rik van Terwisga

Financial Manager

The Financial Manager, Femke Aarts, is responsible for the financial and operational management. The financial processes include the financial risks, the financial and administrative organisation, and internal control. The Financial Manager is also responsible for the IT strategy and the facilities processes.

>> Background Femke Aarts

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board supervises the policy of the management team and the general course of affairs within the organization. The members are:

Jacob Fonteijne
Hans van Leeuwen
Michaël van Straalen
Stephanie van Wermeskerken
Teus de Zwart

Wim Schimmel is chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Advisory Councils

The primary task of the Advisory Councils is to offer the Management Team solicited and unsolicited advice on matters concerning standardization. For proper realisation of this task they consult with the Supervisory Board when deemed necessary. Furthermore, the Advisory Councils offer solicited and unsolicited advice to the Supervisory Board. The purpose of the Advisory Councils is to contribute to the realization of national, European and international standardization.

Each Advisory Council must be a balanced reflection of the different types of stakeholders in the domains about which they offer requested and unrequested advice to the Supervisory Board. The Advisory Council must ensure this is the case when new members are nominated. In this respect they focus on organizations and institutions of, for example, manufacturers, users, traders, consumers, science, quality institutions, public and semi-public institutions, employers and employees.

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