Executive Board

The Stichting Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences Executive Board (the Executive) forms the management of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

Its members are Peter Birdsall, Chair of the Executive Board (President) and Maggie Feng, CEO and Karen Penninga Director of Corporate Governance. 

The Executive reports to the Stichting Wittenborg University Advisory Board. Below is an overview of how the responsibilities at Board level are divided in the Wittenborg Executive.

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences Executive Board


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Peter Birdsall, MA.ed, President

Peter Birdsall, MA.ed, graduated with a bachelor's degree in teaching from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, in 1997. After this, Peter continued his studies through the UK Open University, completing a Master of Arts in Education Management. His degree was carried out during a period of employment at IJselland (later Saxion)… read more.

Maggie Feng, MSc, CEO

Maggie Feng, MSc, is a Member of the Executive Board, and is CEO at Wittenborg. She holds an MSc degree in Facility Management from the University of Greenwich (UK). As CEO, Maggie is responsible for Event, Public Relations, Campus Development, Human Resources, Communication, Internal Quality Assurance, and Student Support.

Karen Penninga

Karen Penninga has been a member of the Executive Board since 2015 and has special responsibility for Strategy and Policy within the institute. She has experience in many disciplines, including HRM, finances, management, marketing, communication, student applications and registrations and facilities. Karen has worked for Wittenborg since 2004.