Carla Huisman Reflects on 11 Years with EuroPris (2023)
(Carla Huisman, Financial Manager of EuroPris, worked at EuroPris from 2012 until 2023)
What is your story behind you becoming the Financial Manager at EuroPris?
Back in 2012, when we first started discussing the idea of creating a European Prison and Correctional Services Network, I was working as a financial manager at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. EuroPris kicked off as a project managed by the NHC, with Kirsten as the project manager and me handling the finances. As time went on, EuroPris became an official association, Kirsten took on the role of managing director, and I continued to manage the finances, initially with the support of the NHC and later through my own business.
Working with EuroPris has always been a joy. Our team is incredibly supportive, and as a finance manager, having accurate and timely information from my colleagues has never been a problem. Even though I only dedicated one day a week to EuroPris, I’ve always felt like an integral part of the team.
What I’ve found particularly rewarding about my work with EuroPris is the organization’s size. It’s just the right size to have a handle on everything. Every aspect of the organization has a direct impact on the finances, which gives me a sense of satisfaction. It’s like being the spider in the web, having everything under control.
What were your most memorable moments at EuroPris?
I didn’t come from a background in prisons or corrections, but the topics we dealt with always fascinated me. Since my role primarily involved back-office work, I didn’t travel or attend meetings frequently. However, there was one event I always looked forward to—the AGM. It was the yearly gathering where I could connect with the content of our work, meet fellow members, and gain a broader perspective on EuroPris.
Any other personal remarks that you would like to make?
All in all, the 11 years I spent managing EuroPris’ finances have been a fantastic journey. It’s been an organization where I felt right at home. But, as they say, change is a part of life, and I believe it’s time for me to explore new opportunities and see what else life has in store for me!