July 2, 2021
Marijke Akkerman (Photo: Ingrid Truijens)
The KFPS Board has appointed Marijke Akkerman as acting Director starting the 1st of July. Procedures to fill the position on a permanent basis will be initiated towards the end of the year. At the same time there will be a vacancy for a new Manager Inspections & Education. Breeding tasks will be divided between the members of the Management Team.
Ten years with the KFPS
Marijke Akkerman has been employed by the KFPS for ten years and knows all the ins and outs of the Society. As the PR- and Communications Manager she is and will continue to be responsible for events such as the Central Inspection, the Stallion Inspection and Friesian Proms. She was also the passionate driving force behind the organisation of the successful theatre programme The Storm Rider. Because of her experience, connecting capacity and enthusiasm for the Friesian horse, the KFPS Board decided to fill the empty space left after the departure of former Director Ids Hellinga, with its own well-functioning office organisation.
Separation tasks Director
The position of Director will now be split into two different functions. With Marijke Akkerman as acting Director the emphasis will be on communication, connecting and inspiring. Her tasks include Society matters, taking care of the connection between the various bodies, representing the KFPS and being responsible for implementing the KFPS strategy and policy.
Breeding tasks will be divided between the members of the KFPS Management Team which consists of Marijke Akkerman, Nynke Bakker (finances and Studbook matters) and a new Manager Inspections & Education for which a vacancy is soon to be published. The current Manager leaves at the end of the year. With these shifts in the organisation, temporary support is needed for the communication and organisation of for instance the Stallion Inspection which – as it stands now – can go ahead as usual in January 2022.
The KFPS Board is confident that with these changes in the organisation, service levels, effectiveness and reliability of the organisation are guaranteed, with the emphasis on open and transparent communication.