Your stepping stone to the boardroom

The step from director, executive, or senior manager to a supervisory board member role requires new competencies and responsibilities. In your new role, you will be facing new dynamics and tasks. As your position will be further removed from business operations, you will have to expand and finetune your view of procedures, laws, and regulations. The Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program offers the best possible preparation for the role of supervisory director.


Participant profile

The Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program is open to candidates who are interested in and preparing for supervisory board membership. It is also intended for professionals in their first position as a supervisory board member with at most 1-2 years' experience in an executive position. The participants include:

  • C-suite and directors
  • Senior executives in the second or third echelon of large organizations
  • Managing directors or MT members of medium-sized organizations
  • Regional directors and country managers
  • Business Unit directors

Why TIAS School for Business and Society?

  • #1 Business School in Executive Education in the Netherlands according to the Financial Times 2020
  • TIAS Master's programs are among the top in the Netherlands accorting to the Dutch Keuzegids Masters 2020
  • All our lecturers are top academics and outstanding experts in their fields
  • Immediately applicable scientific and practice-oriented knowledge
  • Flexible learning options, tailored to your needs

InCompany program for organizations

TIAS School for Business and Society maintains close contacts with nationally and internationally operating organizations. We develop tailor-made courses for all subjects, disciplines and functions that are relevant to business transformation. This can be a 100% tailor made program or a customized program, made up of existing program components from our open courses.

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Gain the latest academic insights and learn how they are relevant to the position of a supervisory board member

Understand the impact you can have in the boardroom by learning more about the rules and about effective behavior as a supervisory director

Improve your ability to look beyond executive management teams

Build a network of peers

Develop the skills you need to be a decisive supervisory director, even when you are not directly at the helm yourself

Skills, content and context As a supervisory board member, you need the skills and competences that will help you easily grasp the content and context. This refers to the tactical and strategic business operations (the content) versus the bigger picture (the context), which plays an even bigger role for you as a supervisory board member. Your role and impact as a supervisory board member is fundamentally different from the position in which you have excelled so far. You are moving from an executive position to a role that is further removed from business operations. This requires new insights and skills in terms of both hard and soft controls—skills you can put into practice immediately. The Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program By expanding your knowledge and skills, you will quickly find your feet as a supervisory board member. The Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program is an excellent preparation for taking the next step to the boardroom. You will attend (online) lectures with top professors and experts in their field who know current laws and regulations but, more importantly, who will teach you how to create the right dynamics in the boardroom.

Professors, lecturers and field experts Be inspired by leading professors, top lecturers and experts in the fields of governance, leadership, new business models, finance, regulation and remuneration. To expand on the academic knowledge, real-life experiences will be discussed. Prof. Mijntje Lückerath is Academic Director of this Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program. She is also responsible for the TIAS Supervisory Board Members Program. The first and last modules include dinner and a dinner speech. A diploma ceremony will take place during the final dinner.


The Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program offers both theoretical frameworks and a peer-learning environment in which discussions and assignments are used to finetune your vision. Be inspired by leading professors, top lecturers and experts in the fields of governance and leadership.

Complex dynamics in the role of supervisory board member

The main goal of the Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program is to help participants understand the role of a supervisory board member and its complex dynamics. The program consists of four modules and three group coaching sessions. The lectures take place from 9.30am - 5pm.

Module Introduction to Governance, including dinner

Module Soft Controls: Leadership, Board Dynamics and Sustainability

Module Hard Controls: Risk, Finance, Legal, and Data

Module Appointment and Remuneration, including dinner


The investment for the Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program is €10810 (tax deductible) including literature and meals. You will participate in 4 modules and 3 group coaching sessions. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a TIAS School for Business and Society diploma. The program fee is exempt from VAT.

Admission Requirements

For the Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program, we aim for groups consisting of participants from a variety of fields, both in the profit and non-profit sector. That is why we apply admission requirements. This helps us guarantee education at the highest level. What we ask:

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • Strategic responsibility in a board, executive or senior role
  • A minimum of 15 years' work experience, of which 8 years at management level

Financing options

You can use your personal deduction or the tax deduction for study costs to help finance this program. This way, the tax authorities will pay for part of your education. You can also make use of the Life Long Learning Credit via DUO. See our publication for more information and examples. For personal advice, please contact our Program Adviser.


Prof. Mijntje Lückerath is Professor of Corporate Governance at TIAS Tilburg University. Her research focuses on the role of the Board of Directors and corporate governance, in particular regarding boardroom dynamics (including independence, evaluation, transparency and diversity).

Various programs for supervisory board members Are you unsure which is a better fit, the Prospective Supervisory Board Member Program or the Supervisory Board Member Program? Please contact our Program Adviser. She will be happy to help you decide which program is best for you.

Esther van Zijp

Program Adviser


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