Management and policy levels (situation until 15 March, 2013)

Community Council

The Community Council is the highest policy body of Belgian Red Cross-Flanders and is chaired by the Community President. The Council determines the general policy pursued by Belgian Red Cross-Flanders. It is made up of democratically elected representatives of the approximately 14,000 volunteers and 250 local Red Cross sections in Flanders. This ensures that the organization’s policy is determined by its volunteers.

The Community Council exercises its powers in the most effective and efficient way possible and to this end may set up permanent or temporary working groups among its members.

Meetings
In 2012, the Community Council met on March 31, June 23, September 29 and December 15.

Members
Christ’l Joris, Community President (Chairwoman)
Liesbeth Adriaenssens, Representative of Humanitarian Services personnel (as of June 23, 2012)
Melissa Bastiaen, Chairwoman of the Red Cross Youth Advisory Committee (as of January 1, 2013)
Stefan Beerten, Provincial President, Limburg
André Brems, Provincial President, Antwerp (until December 31, 2012)
Paul Broos, Chairman of the Medical Committee for Humanitarian Services
Pol Casteleyn, Provincial President, Flemish Brabant
Mike De Maeyer, Regional President, Mechelen (until December 31, 2012)
Christ Declerck, Regional President, South-West Flanders
John Dejaeger, Board member, Blood Service (until December 31, 2012); Deputy Community President (as of January 1, 2013)
Guy de Marneffe, Regional President, Central Limburg (as of January 1, 2012)
Mireille Deziron, Board member, Blood Service and Humanitarian Services (as of March 23, 2013)
Johan Gillebeert, Chairman of the Relief Service Advisory Committee
Manu Heyse, Chairman of the SIS Advisory Committee
Dirk Huyghe, Chairman of the Audit Committee
Peter Janssens, Regional President, Noorderkempen
Tessa Kam, Representative of blood and plasma donors (as of March 31, 2012)
Pieter Laekeman, Regional President, North-West Flanders
Geert Maelfait, Community Treasurer
Liesbeth Maes, Regional President, Dendermonde/Sint-Niklaas
Stef Meynendonckx, Regional President, Taxandria
Roger Mottard, President, Brussels-Capital Region (until September 15, 2012)
Guy Peeters, Board member, Humanitarian Services (as of January 1, 2013)
Rudy Pypops, Regional President, East Brabant
Leni Sannen, Chairwoman of the Red Cross Youth Advisory Committee (until December 31, 2012)
François Segers, Regional President, West Brabant
Yolanda Simons, Chairwoman of the Zorgbib Advisory Committee
Frank Slootmans, Provincial President, West Flanders
Diane Solon, Chairwoman of the Communication & Fundraising Advisory Committee (until December 31, 2012)
Freddy Snoeck, Deputy Community President
Jan Standaert, Chairman of the International Cooperation Advisory Committee
Laurette Steenssens, Board member, Blood Service
Lut Swennen, Chairwoman of the Social Welfare Advisory Committee
Hugo Tant, Regional President, Antwerp (until December 31, 2012)
Marjan Thijssen, Regional President, South Limburg
Vic Valgaeren, Chairman of the Education Advisory Committee (until December 31, 2012)
Willy Van De Wauw, Regional President, North and East Limburg (as of January 1, 2013)
Luc Van Hauwenhuyse, Provincial President, East Flanders
Gilbert Van Laethem, Board member, Humanitarian Services and Blood Service (until December 31, 2012)
Wim Van Nieuwenhove, Chairman of the Communication & Fundraising Advisory Committee (as of January 1, 2013)
Pascal Van Waeyenberghe, Regional President, Aalst-Oudenaarde
Philippe Vandekerckhove, Chief Executive Officer
Francis Van Leemputte, Regional President, Zuiderkempen ad interim
Jos Verschoren, Regional President, Mechelen (as of January 1, 2013)
Denis Verslype, Regional President, Westhoek (until December 31, 2012)
Charly Potloot, Regional President, Westhoek (as of January 1, 2013)
Pedro Vervliet, Regional President, Ghent-Eeklo (until December 31, 2012); Regional President, Meetjesland (as of January 1, 2013)
Martine Wauman, Representative of Blood Service personnel (as of September 29, 2012)

Governing Boards

Belgian Red Cross-Flanders has two Governing Boards: one for the Blood Service and one for Humanitarian Services. These Governing Boards implement the policies and decisions adopted by the Community Council. Both are chaired by the Community President.

Meetings
In 2012, the Governing Board of the Blood Service met on February 9, April 26, June 21, November 22, October 13 and December 8. The Governing Board of Humanitarian Services met on January 12, March 12, May 24, June 21, September 13 and November 8.

Members
Christ’l Joris, Community President  (Chairwoman)
Freddy Snoeck, Deputy Community President
John Dejaeger, Board member, Blood Service (until December 31, 2012); Deputy Community President (as of January 1, 2013)
Mireille Deziron, Board member, Blood Service and Humanitarian Services (as of March 23, 2013)
Dirk Huyghe, Chairman of the Audit Committee
Geert Maelfait, Community Treasurer
Guy Peeters, Board member, Humanitarian Services (as of January 1, 2013)
Laurette Steenssens, Board member, Blood Service
Luc Van Hauwenhuyse, Board member, Blood Service
Gilbert Van Laethem, Board member, Blood Service and Humanitarian Services  (until December 31, 2012)
Philippe Vandekerckhove, Chief Executive Officer

Members of the Governing Board – Humanitarian Services with advisory powers:
André Brems, Provincial President, Antwerp (until December 31, 2012)
Roger Mottard, President, Brussels-Capital Region (until September 15, 2012)
Stefan Beerten, Provincial President, Limburg
Pol Casteleyn, Provincial President, Flemish Brabant
Luc Van Hauwenhuyse, Provincial President, East Flanders
Frank Slootmans, Provincial President, West Flanders

Committees of the Governing Boards

The following committees have been set up under the auspices of the Governing Boards: the Audit Committee, the Financial Committee and the Remuneration Committee. These committees are responsible for analyzing specialist matters and reporting back to the Governing Boards. This enables the Boards to take decisions and fulfill their supervisory role.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

The Audit Committee monitors risks to the organization and oversees its various control mechanisms. In particular, it oversees and evaluates the areas below and makes recommendations for improvement:

  • Organization, procedures and systems
  • Internal and external financial reporting
  • Valuation rules
  • Codes of conduct and potential conflicts of interest
  • Risk analysis
  • Internal/external control systems and operation.

Meetings
In 2012, the Audit Committee met on March 22, June 20, September 26 and December 13.

Members
Dirk Huyghe, Board member (Chairman)
Christ’l Joris, Community President
Geert Maelfait, Community Treasurer
Freddy Snoeck, Deputy Community President (as of March 14, 2013)

Internal auditing is carried out by Deloitte under the supervision of Guido Vandervorst (partner). In 2012, Deloitte audited the operations of the Purchasing, HR and Care departments, and the Aalst, Aarschot, Houthalen-Helchteren, Koksijde, Ravels and Zonhoven sections. A general risk assessment was also conducted.

External auditing (statutory audit) is carried out by V.M.B. Bedrijfsrevisoren under the supervision of Tom Van Cleef (partner).

FINANCIAL COMMITTEE

The Financial Committee advises the Governing Board on:

  •  the organization’s treasury policy;
  • investment policy in terms of fixed and movable assets;
  • granting loans to entities;
  • contracting loans;
  • the budget and annual accounts.

Meetings
In 2012, the Financial Committee met on March 22, June 20, October 16 and December 13.

Members
Geert Maelfait, Community Treasurer (Chairman)
Hugo Lasat (expert)
Guy Peeters, Board member (as of March 14, 2013)
Gilbert Van Laethem, Board member (until December 31, 2012)

REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

The Remuneration Committee advises the Governing Board and the Community Council on:

  • selection, appointment and reappointment of members of those bodies (except chairpersons of the Advisory Committees and provincial and regional presidents);
  • appointment of members of the organization’s management; 
  • remuneration policy and related performance policy for staff not covered by rules laid down in a collective agreement; 
  • the skill matrix for members of the Governing Boards and identifying any skills missing.


Meetings
In 2012, the Remuneration Committee met on March 16, May 24, June 25, July 10, September 28 and October 25.

Members
Gilbert Van Laethem, Board member (Chairman until December 31, 2012)
Mireille Deziron, Board member (Chairwoman as of March 23, 2013)
Christ’l Joris, Community President
Dirk Huyghe, Board member (until December 31, 2012)

Related items:

Operational level (situation until March 15, 2013)

External offices held by members of the Community Council, Governing Boards and Boards of Directors

Memberships

Works Council (situation until March 15, 2013)

Committee for Prevention and Protection in the Workplace (situation until 15 March, 2013)