Governance

Governance

The aim of the Platform’s management and co-ordination structure is to provide effective, flexible delivery of T-AP projects, and to ensure high- quality outcomes.

The Platform’s governance and activities are the collective responsibility of all member organizations. The governance structure provides a framework for good governance, a stage for decision-making by all partners, and an oversight mechanism to ensure  progress against objectives.

The Trans-Atlantic Platform’s governance structure is organised into three bodies: the Co-ordination Team, the Steering Committee and the Management Team. These bodies provide guidance, support, and execution through all of the Platform’s projects including its joint funding opportunities.

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Co-ordination Team
The Co-ordination Team consists of representatives from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research—Social Sciences (NWO—Social Sciences), with special responsibility for Europe; and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), with special responsibility for the Americas. The Team is led by its chair, SSHRC President Dr.Ted Hewitt, and its co-chair, NWO—Social Sciences and Humanities Head of Department Dr. Jeanet Bruil. Both partners have extensive knowledge of, and experience with, managing and coordinating bilateral and multilateral networks.

The Coordination Team is responsible for the overall scientific co-ordination and technical organisation of the Platform. During implementation of the activities, it is responsible for monitoring progress and the day to day management of the Platform. The Coordination Office is responsible for preparing all necessary tools for management of the Platform. It cooperates closely with the Steering Committee to ensure procedures for giving input and final reviewing of project results.

Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is the body that is responsible for the strategic direction of the Platform, and its major projects. . The Steering Committee is the ultimate decision-making body on strategy, contractual and financial issues, analysis and management of potential risks, and other project-level issues in order to ensure efficiency and a high quality project outcome. It promotes the platform’s activities and programmes, and works to further the development of the Platform. This includes, for example, promoting the Platform in the context of other networks and organisations.

Each partner has a representative on the Steering Committee:

Management Team
The Management Team is the forum for joint consideration for the implementation, management and monitoring of the Platform work plan. The responsibilities and tasks of the Management Team include planning, organising and guiding the execution of Platform activities; reporting to the Steering Committee on the state of play; and disseminating and informing Platform activities.

The Management Team consists of a staff member from each partner and functions as a forum to meet and discuss Platform activities. The partners are represented by the following members of the Management Team: