We are pleased to announce that three new members are joining the board of CODART and the board of the Friends of CODART Foundation.
Dutch politician and former Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven has been appointed as general member of the board and incoming chair. She will succeed Marjan Scharloo on 1 January 2025. Lidewij de Koekkoek, director of the Frans Hals Museum, takes office as a general board member. Concurrently, the Friends of CODART Foundation appointed Bas van Rhijn to succeed Michiel Scherpenhuijsen Rom as secretary-treasurer.
Thanks to their extensive executive experience in politics, museum management and finance, the new board members will ensure that CODART remains a strong and healthy organization that is well prepared for the future.
Ingrid van Engelshoven served as Minister of Education, Culture and Science from 2017 until 2022. She previously was an alderman and deputy mayor of The Hague and she also served as chair of the political party Democrats 66. Van Engelshoven studied political science at Radboud University Nijmegen and law at Leiden University. During her tenure as Minister, she showed an immense passion for culture. She is especially interested in strengthening the ties between the curators and institutions with Dutch and Flemish art collections.
Lidewij de Koekkoek is the director of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem since March 2022 and chair of the Association of Dutch Art Historians (VNK). Previously she has been the director of the Rembrandt House Museum and the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. De Koekkoek studied art history at Leiden University and pursued an Executive Leadership Program for Museum Leaders at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.
Bas van Rhijn has worked for 35 years in various roles in the financial industry, as a banker and investor, both in the Netherlands and abroad. He currently serves a few advisory roles for family offices and asset managers. Van Rhijn and his wife are Patrons of the Friends of CODART Foundation.