Presidium / Daily Board


Annette Savin (Cissé, France)

Boy Scholtze (Esch, the Netherlands)

Frank Holle (Hepstedt, Germany)

Tomáš Kuchař  (Starý Poddvorov, Czech Republic)

Zsuzsanna Lukács (Nagycenk, Hungary)

Eucharist Camilleri (Nadur, Malta)

Joachim Krüger (Ockelbo, Sweden)

Niall Gregory (Cashel, Ireland)

The Daily Board

The Daily Board is responsible for the daily procedures of the Charter.

The Daily Board members are:

President – Boy Scholtze

Secretaries  – Hester Binnendijk, Thea Heesemanns, Helma van Drunen

Treasurer – Frank Holle

1st Vice-President – Frank Holle

2nd Vice-President – Tomáš Kuchař

Adult Programme 2017-2018

To be decided…

Youth Programme 2019-2020

Joachim Krüger (Ockelbo, Sweden)

Audit Committee

Sonja Ziebenaller (Troisvierges, Luxembourg)

Jeannette Zwijnenburg (Esch, the Netherlands)

YCT Co-ordinator (Youth)
Zsuzsanna Luckás (Nagycenk, Hungary)

Nicolai Røge (Næstved, Denmark)

Pontus Danbrink (Ockelbo, Sewden)

Application Team

Zsuzsanna Luckás (Nagycenk, Hungary)

Karlo Klarin (Tisno, Croatia)

Niall Gregory (Cashel, Ireland)

Meet the Presidium and Daily Board (in alphabetical order):

Niall Gregory, Charter of European Rural Communities

Niall Gregory

Niall Gregory (Cashel, Ireland)

Hi. I was born in Dublin and moved to Cashel in 1999. Before then, qualified as an archaeologist in Dublin and later with my PhD in Edinburgh in 1997. I started working as an underwater and maritime archaeologist in 1988, before I evolved to all other fields of archaeology. My specialisation in freshwater prehistoric and historic boats led me to being one of the founding members of Early Water Craft global organisation in Slovenia in 2015. I am also Safety Consultant for public events and festivals.

I have a son in university in London and married my wife, Karen in 2017. We live 3km outside Cashel, with our cats, in the countryside – surrounded by farmland.

I first participated in the Charter in 2008 at the meeting in Lefkara (Cyprus), when I was president of Cashel Chamber of Commerce. I was immediately blown away by the Charter. I have been very lucky to participate every year since and have attended many meetings. I became Communications Officer for Cashel in 2009 and then served as Charter Web Master from 2014. I am privileged to have made friends throughout Europe as part of our Charter Family.

Frank Holle

Frank Holle (Hepstedt, Germany):

I live in Ottersberg, Germany, between Hamburg and Bremen in Lower Saxony with my wife Christine and our three children Jesper, Greta and Freda. Not to forget our cat Bo.

From 1999 – 2006 I worked as a lawyer. Since 2006 I’m working as a professional (fulltime) mayor in the Samtgemeinde Tarmstedt with 11.000 inhabitants. Hepstedt is one of eight communities in our Samtgemeinde.

My first experience with the Charter started in Stary Podvorov. I was very impressed!

Since 01.08.2014 I am member of the presidium and since 2016 I am the treasurer of the Charter. It’s a nice job – really!

Tomáš Kuchař (Starý Poddvorov, Czech Republic)

Tomáš Kuchař, Charter of European Rural Communities

Tomáš Kuchař

Hello, my name is Tomáš Kuchař. I graduated from a university school focused on wood buildings. Then I lived in England, where I worked as an au pair. Today I live with my wife and children Cristine, Matthew and Claire in a beautiful small village in the southeast corner of the Czech Republic. Our region is known for its warmth and keeping alive folklore tradition. There are vineyards everywhere and almost everybody produces their own wine.

I have my own company dealing with the sale of materials for surface treatment (especially wood) and also popular nanotechnologies. Because I am in charge of my time, I´m able to work for the Charter at any time. And I have been very happy to do this sort of job since 2009, when the annual meeting took place in Starý Poddvorov. Since then, I´ve been the person responsible for Charter in our municipality. I´ve had the opportunity to visit almost every meeting, so I can say that I can offer my experience and ideas.

I have known other members of the presidium for many years and I´m very honored to be in this great company because we all have a common target – People meet people.

Zsuzsanna Lukács (Nagycenk, Hungary):

“I have a Master degree in Economics, and work as financial controller for a railway company. I live in Nagycenk, where I try to help my community as much as I can, I’m the vice president of the Friends of Europe Nagycenk Association.I have 2 dogs, I like playing tennis and travelling. My passion about the Charter began in 2011 at the Annual Meeting in Cashel. Since that I took part in several youth and annual meetings, but the most important that I met a lots of Friends all around Europe. I participate in communication between the Presidium and the YCT. I will remain a member in the YCT, and we will manage the youth program, work together and help the municipalities who apply for the youth project.”

Annette Savin

Annette Savin (Cissé , France)

I was born in Cissé and I always lived in this municipality which registered a significant evolution, passing from 800 to 2700 inhabitants. My career was dedicated to the teaching of the biology in an agricultural high school. But in the meanwhile, I was engaged in the whirl of municipal life with Michel BOUCHET who integrated me into in his municipal team.
I was elected as deputy mayor in 1983, then Mayor since 1995, I participated actively in the starting of “The Charter of the rural communities of Europe”, because Cissé was the municipality initiatory of this big gathering of municipalities.
I participated actively in the progress of this charter, which began with 12 municipalities, then 15 then 25 and 28 nowadays. In the meantime, an association “Friends of Europe” was born to help the multiple exchanges. Martine GARNIER is an active President who wants to promote «Europe of Citizens», in straight relation with the city hall.
Single woman, I share my house with an authoritarian cat which lays down the law! Culture is my favorite pastime, with reading, classical music (especially opera), exhibitions, travels and the discovery of big towns.
Conviviality and human contacts are very important to me.

Boy Scholtze, Charter of European Rural Communities

Boy Scholtze

Boy Scholtze (Esch, Netherlands)

My name is Boy Scholtze. In 1991 I was born and nowadays I live in Biezenmortel, together with my fiancé. Biezenmortel is a small village, part of the muncipality of Haaren. Esch and Helvoirt are the two remaining villages in our municipality. In daily life, I’m a property developper. I have studied public administration and administrative law for couple of years, something which is very useful in my second job as council member and party leader in our municipality.

In 2007, I was invited to join a meeting in Bucine by Frans Ronnes. It was my first encounter with the Charter and it was an experience I will never forget. Coming home, I contacted the board of Friends of Europe Esch. I was wondering if there was a possibility to help them with attracting more youngsters to the Charter activities. Before I knew it, I became youth coordinator in the board! In 2008, Frans Ronnes and Helma van Drunen invited me to become youth coordinator of the Charter as a whole. Due to the new project system, there was an extensive youth programme containing several meetings. They asked me to coordinate the programme, to involve youngsters from all countries and to help standing up a new Charter generation. It was a very instructive period of my life and I am proud that the programme we had at the time, was awarded by the European Commission with the Golden Star Award.

Since 2017, I am chairman of Friends of Europe Esch. In June 2018, I have been elected President by the mayors and representatives of our 28 member villages. I feel honoured and privileged to execute this task together with the presidium and all members of our beloved Charter. “People meet People” is our slogan, our friendship is our most valuable asset. I am certain that, accompanied by good discussions and the exchange of experiences, we can help each other to a next level. Youngsters, adults, municipalities and ordinary Europeans. With respect for our differences, but most of all by cherishing our similarities.