Brussels, 30 September 2021
Board and staff reorganise roles and responsibilities
Following the death of its former President Richard Landl, the board has decided to take a step back from operational work and will in turn strengthen the role of Managing Director Georg Jürgens
The Board focuses on developing the mission, vision and strategy of ECSWE
During its board and staff retreat in August 2021 in Jyväskylä, Finland, the roles of Board and staff were reorganised. Following the death of former President Richard Landl on 22 May 2022, the Board informed staff of its intention to withdraw from its active involvement in the operational work. Consequently, Managing Director Georg Jürgens has committed to take on further responsibilities in daily management and coordination. The board sees its new role in defining and developing the vision, mission and strategic direction of the organisation and will actively involve the Managing Director in this process. To this end, the Managing Director continues to attend the regular board calls, whereas from now on, other team members will only attend select board meetings.
The Managing Director and his team jointly implement vision, mission and strategy
Supported by his growing team, Managing Director Georg Jürgens will be tasked with fulfilling ECSWE’s mission and the implementation of its strategy. In his changing role, he will now become the crucial link between the Board and staff. Including himself, the team consists of five people sharing the workload of 2.5 full-time equivalents. While the Managing Director and Office Assistant are based in Brussels, the other colleagues are working from various locations in Belgium and Europe. Each of them is therefore expected to fulfill their tasks with a high degree of autonomy and personal responsibility.
Members want more networking, peer learning and sharing of best practices
An interest in more direct and more active involvement during Council meetings and throughout the year was expressed by the members. More informal networking opportunities were requested in order to better reflect each member’s diverse needs. Furthermore, members requested to better promote the exchange of good practice and peer learning. To this end, the Board and staff are currently exploring and testing more interactive working formats for Council meetings and conferences.
The Managing Director becomes the face of the organisation in Brussels
As the new President Margareta Van Raemdonck cannot take on an equal amount of external representation tasks as her predecessor, Managing Director Georg Jürgens will now become the face of the organisation representing ECSWE towards EU institutions in Brussels. He will also spend more working time on cultivating meaningful and lasting relationships with European and international partner organisations. To this end, he can rely on active support from Advocacy Coordinator Dora Šimunović, Pedagogical Advisor Martyn Rawson and Project Coordinator Márti Domokos.