Netherlands Court of Audit appoints new director, Willemijn van Helden

The Netherlands Court of Audit has appointed Willemijn van Helden as a director with effect from 1 January 2018. She is currently a manager at the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands.

Since graduating in social geography, Willemijn van Helden has worked for the Dutch Safety Board, the Dutch Data Protection Authority and since 2008 for the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands. She has gained international experience in part through her work on the National Ombudsman for the Caribbean Netherlands project. As a director at the Court of Audit, her portfolio will consist of the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) and Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and the Care and Social Security programme.

The appointment follows a selection procedure involving the Office for the Senior Civil Service (ABD) and is the outcome of a change process. The Court of Audit is taking measures to modernise and future-proof its organisation. We are reducing the number of management layers, creating more career progression opportunities based on the auditors’ professional know-how, and deploying our staff more flexibly. We are becoming an agile, business-like, high quality institution. With the appointment of Willemijn van Helden, there remains just one vacancy for a director at the Court of Audit.