A Recap on 2019 – continuing the evolution

In the midst of challenging financial circumstances, in 2018 the ENLP Board took the opportunity to reassess the operating model of ENLP, implementing an entirely new approach to seminar funding, sponsor retention and engagement, as well as stepping up expectations of board members. Beyond securing a sustainable financial situation, specific objectives were to produce the first ENLP annual report and set up an ENLP legal entity (foundation). These efforts were fruitful. By bringing new sponsors on board, increasing revenue from seminar participation and implementing more stringent financial controls the sustainability of ENLP has been strengthened. 2019 has very much been focused on continuing this evolution, bringing to life a refreshed vision, mission and strategy. A significant milestone on the ENLP journey was brought to life with the establishment of a legal entity in the form of an ENLP Foundation, based in the Netherlands. Whilst this new entity will replace the administrative role played historically by Wageningen University, we of course continue to have strong links, most notably through Prof. Renger Witkamp in his role as Board member and Treasurer. ENLP would like to thank Wageningen University and everyone who has played a role since its inception in the early 1990’s to where we are today, a rich and dynamic network. On the sponsorship side, a new (fifth) ‘Gold’ level sponsor was brought on board, Bayer. With more than 150 years experience of science based research to advance health and nutrition we are delighted to have Bayer join the family and support the development of food and nutrition leaders. In addition, we are also delighted to have a commitment from Yakult to become an ENLP ‘Friend’ in 2020. The Essentials and Advanced leadership seminars continue to be the number one focus for ENLP. Our ambition is to enable a diverse and inclusive seminar attendance which is representative of the European population. Whilst we are incredibly proud of our Alumni, we recognise a high proportion of seminar participants tend to live and work in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Moving forward, specific efforts will be made to ensure a more balanced representation through targeted recruitment from under-represented countries and a new bursary scheme, both of which will be rolled out in the run up to the 2020 seminars. We said goodbye to Cornelia van Bree-Evers who has provided secretariat support for many years. Our heartfelt thanks go to Cornelia for all her hard work and dedication. Moving forward, taking into account our new obligations as a Foundation, new secretariat support has been recruited in the form of two part time resources. Recruitment was also initiated for seminar Directors, ensuring strong succession planning for these critical voluntary roles. ENLP remains incredibly grateful to our sponsors, Danone, DSM, Sabri Ulker Foundation, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Bayer. The activities outlined in this report would not be possible without their continued support, trust and commitment.

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A Recap on 2018 – A Year of Change

In the midst of challenging financial circumstances, the ENLP Board has taken the opportunity to reassess the operating model of ENLP, implementing an entirely new approach to seminar funding, sponsor retention and engagement, as well as stepping up expectations of board members. Beyond securing a sustainable financial situation, specific objectives were to produce the first ENLP annual report and set up an ENLP legal entity (foundation). These efforts have been fruitful. By bringing new sponsors on board, increasing revenue from seminar participation and implementing more stringent financial controls the sustainability of ENLP has been strengthened. Yet more must be done to secure its future. The Board are committed to continuing the transformation of ENLP - sharpening its strategic roadmap and implementation. The ENLP team thank the sponsors for their continued trust, particularly during these times of uncertainty, and their commitment to the ENLP journey moving forward.

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