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The RYA Board of Directors comprised of a mix of non-executive and executive directors and meets regularly to conduct its business. It is chaired by the Chair of the RYA.

The role of the Board is to supervise the management of the Association’s business and to discharge the responsibilities of the directors under the Companies Act and also in compliance with the Code of Sports Governance, which sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that are required from those bodies that receive Government and National Lottery Funding.  RYA Policy Forming Committees report directly to the Board.

The Board will ordinarily comprise four Nominated Directors appointed by the Members and three Independent Directors appointed by the Board who are appointed on the basis of personal competencies, through an open recruitment process. The Chief Executive and Finance Director sit on the Board ex officio.  Members of the Board serve a four year term.

The Board’s main duties are to:

  • Develop long term Strategic Plans;
  • Approve the Annual Operating Plan;
  • Approve operating budgets;
  • Set subscription rates; and
  • Supervise risk management and safety matters for the Association.

Its workings are reported routinely to Council, and to the members of the Association through the Directors’ Report in the annual report and accounts document and at the Annual General Meeting.  

Membership of the Board in 2017 - 2018

  • Dave Williamson - Chair of the RYA  * #
  • Vernon Harten-Ash - Chair of Council * #
  • Sarah Treseder - Chief Executive  *
  • Dave Strain - Finance Director  * 
  • Sarah Hanratty #
  • Ronan Harte #
  • John Scott #
  • Joe Seet #
  • Katie Snowball #


 * = ex officio              # = non-executive      

John Scott has been appointed as the Senior Independent Director

Board Profiles

RYA Members who wish to have a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association should contact the Company Secretary at RYA House.

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