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RYA Board Elections 2017

Non-Executive Directors

The RYA is seeking two non-executive directors to join its Board. We are looking for experienced individuals with strong strategic thinking skills who are capable of applying independent judgment to work effectively on the Board with other executive and non-executive directors. Following a skills evaluation, the Board is keen to receive applications from candidates with business experience relating to any of the following fields: Legal, Safety, Risk, Commercial and Marketing.


A recognised professional qualification (legal qualification, a relevant risk management qualification) plus wider knowledge and experience or a substantial period of involvement in and management of commercial or marketing activities in complex organisations. 

RYA Board

The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and the Chief Executive sit on the Board ex officio. A further five non-executive directors are appointed on the basis of personal competencies. The Head of Finance is normally appointed as a director by the Council. Successful candidates will serve a four year term with effect from this year’s AGM. Those elected will have the opportunity to stand for a further four year term after a stand down period of at least one year.

The RYA Board meets six times a year in Hamble and in London. Basic travel expenses are paid. The Board currently operates alongside the Council in the governance of the Association.

Its role is to supervise the management of the Association’s business and to discharge the responsibilities of the directors under the Companies Act.

The Board’s main duties are to:

  • Develop long term Strategic Plans;
  • Approve the annual operating plan;
  • Approve operating budgets;
  • Set subscription rates;
  • Supervise risk management and safety matters for the Association;
  • Report routinely to the members of the Association through the Annual Report and Accounts and at the Annual General Meeting.


The RYA actively promotes diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. If you would like to join the Board and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please download an application form from our website.

Board Application Form

Applications must reach the RYA by the 15th of September 2017.

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