Vote of confidence for Council

The ESTC Council has received a vote of confidence from its members. The three members whose seats were up for election, have all been re-elected. The council has been further strengthened with the election of Stefaan Florquin (Re-Match).

The ESTC Council is made up of 10 members, including two vice-presidents, who are elected for a 3-year period.

Elections were needed as the term of four council members was coming to an end on the of November 1st. Three of the Council members indicated that they would like to extend their participation in the Council and would stand for re-election. They were challenged by several other members keen to join the Council.

ESTC members were invited to cast their vote for the council members during September and October. The final result is that Friedemann Söll of Polytan, Luca Girelli of Trocellen and Frenk Stoop of Sekisui Alveo have been re-elected and that Stefaan Florquin will join the Council.

“The fact that three current Council members have been re-elected shows that the work that is being done is appreciated by the membership. There are many challenges ahead but we are confident that with a strong Council in place, and the support of an active membership, these challenges can be met,” ESTC Director General Stefan Diderich says. “The ESTC Council wishes to thank outgoing Council member Aurélien Leblan (Labosport) for his commitment to the Council over the past years.”

Executive Chairman: Stefan Diderich
Vice President: Friedemann Söll, Polytan
Vice President: Hein Heerink, TenCate Grass

Council members:
Frenk Stoop (Sekisui Alveo)
Luca Girelli (Trocellen)
Stefaan Florquin (Re-Match)
Massimo Seghezzi (Radici P Industries)
Gert-Jan Kieft (Kiwa ISA Sport)
Jaroslav Buda (Juta)
Frédéric Rasschaert (BFS Europe)
Susanne Thillaye (Eurofield)

Technical Consultant: Alastair Cox
Director of Operations: Natasja Faelens

Council vacancies

For some members of the ESTC Council, the term of office comes to an end in November this year.  This means that we are looking for candidates to fill these positions.  
Composition of the ESTC Council 
The Council consists of max 6 representatives from yarn and turf producing companies and max 4 representatives from companies, other than yarn and turf producing companies (plus the Executive Chairman).  The  Council members are elected for a period of 3 years and can be re-elected again.  
The Council members will be elected by all full members.  
The role of the ESTC Council
 We are fortunate to have a group of highly-committed individuals on the current Council that are willing to share their expertise and experience.  The role of an ESTC Council member is an important one, helping to create ESTC’s strategic direction and implement its objectives.  The Council members act as industry leaders in developing and promoting the work of ESTC and ensuring that ESTC serves its members effectively.
As far as time commitment is concerned, the Council meets in person 2-3 times a year and has regular phone conferences (around every 6 weeks).
Current Council members 
·            Friedemann Söll – Polytan (Vice-Chairman & Treasurer)*
·           Hein Heerink – Ten Cate (Vice-Chairman)
·            Aurélien Leblan – Labosport* 
·            Luca Girelli – Trocellen*
·            Frenk Stoop – Sekisui Alveo* 
·           Gert-Jan Kieft – Kiwa ISA Sport
·            Jaroslav Buda – Juta 
·            Massimo Seghezzi – Sit-In Sport 
·           Frédéric Rasschaert – BFS Europe
·         Susanne Thillaye – Eurofield
·         Stefan Diderich – Director General/CEO
* end of term of office in November 2019
We have 4 positions to be filled : 1 for a representative from a yarn and turf producing company and 3 for representatives from non-yarn and turf producing companies.  Note – the Council members whose term of office ends in November can be re-elected again.
Should there be more candidates than positions to be filled, a vote will occur among all full members.  
If you are interested to apply for one these positions, please let Stefan or Natasja know by September 30th, 2019 latest.