On January 1st, 2021, the Dutch School of Violin Making became the Dutch School of Violin Making Foundation, with a Board and a Supervisory Board.
The foundation is chaired by Nellie Harms, who has been an apprentice for a number of years and has been building and playing cellos very fanatically, and has recently started working on two violins. That expresses ambition. A short quote from the curriculum vitae that she sent: “I worked for 35 years in higher education at the VU University in Amsterdam. The last ten years as director of education at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. I was trained as a biochemist / microbiologist. ”
The secretariat is in the hands of Peter Plönes, also a pupil, not very long busy, building a violin. In the coming years there is a lot to be arranged, to be managed, and it must also have quality (just like with something delicate like air traffic control, for example). In his own words: “[…] I have now retired after a long career as an air traffic controller combined with various management positions within Air Traffic Control the Netherlands. In these positions, in addition to my core tasks, I have fulfilled many ancillary tasks in the field of employee participation, leadership and management development, diversity, noise pollution and committees for legal and legal status disputes. ”
Finances are managed by Govert Brasser. He has nothing to do with the school directly, and that is on purpose, to keep the risk of tunnel vision at the board low. Dirk Jacob Hamoen, founder of the NVS, and he have known each other well and for a long time, long before the school was founded, when Dirk Jacob still lived in Maarssen. In Govert's own words: “I passed a Masters in business economics and administrative informatics in Groningen, followed by a postgraduate accountants exam. Started in accountancy in The Hague and London, but since 1989 entrepreneur and investor in promising companies. […] As a friend of DJ, I have been following his developments in construction and research into string instruments since 1990. I'm not a musician myself, but I played the clarinet during high school and got the 1st grade at the Rotterdam Music School. ”