Governance and Organization
The Foundation for Auditing Research is established as an autonomous foundation in the Netherlands. FAR is open to all audit practices, both large and small as well as auditors in business and government. Audit firms and departments can affiliate with FAR if they provide data access and commit to an annual grant of EUR 50.000 or more. Other parties wanting to contribute, either by providing research data or financial means, are welcome as sponsors. Such commitments are for an initial 5-year period.
The ten largest audit firms in the Netherlands provide the necessary research funds and research data for FAR. Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, Baker Tilly Berk, BDO, Grant Thornton, Mazars, Accon AVM (as of 1 January 2017), and Flynth (as of 1 January 2018) have jointly committed a total of EUR 1.5 million per year for the coming 5 years, with a mid-term evaluation of FAR’s performance.
The board of FAR consists of an independent chair, four independent academic board members, and board members representing the affiliated audit firms. In the event of a tie, the chair of the board shall have the casting vote (i.e., the independent chair and the independent academic board members jointly hold the majority of board votes, likewise do the independent chair and the board members representing the affiliated audit firms).
The board consists of the following board members:
|Dr. Olof Bik RA||Academic board member and managing director|
|Prof. Jan Bouwens||Academic board member and managing director|
|Prof. Willem Buijink||Academic board member|
|Prof. Egbert Eeftink RA||Board member representing KPMG|
|Nico Pul RA||Board member representing EY|
|Drs. Peter Hopstaken RA||Board member representing Baker Tilly Berk, BDO, Grant Thornton and Mazars|
|Prof. Robert Knechel||Academic board member|
|Prof. Henriëtte Prast||Chair of the board|
|Drs. Michael de Ridder RA||Board member representing PwC|
|Bert Albers RA||Board member representing Deloitte|