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English Regions Forum

The English Regions Forum was created in 2018 to enhance engagement with the RYA’s 112,000+ members and many valued stakeholders, in response to requirements for constitutional change laid out in the Code for Sports Governance.

Following a review of the pre-existing Council, it was recognised that the RYA Regional Volunteer Teams have common stakeholders and provide the RYA with important geographical representation.  They engage successfully with stakeholders, such as clubs and classes at the annual regional affiliate conferences and, as a result, the new English Regions Forum has evolved to provide a two-way channel of communication between the RYA and these stakeholder groups to promote safe and responsible recreational boating at all levels.

The English Regions Forum is a key part of the RYA’s gold-standard engagement strategy and enables interaction between members of each RYA Regional Volunteer Team, including Youth representation, the RYA Chair, Chief Executive, senior development and performance staff and contractors.  It positions the English regions alongside those of the other Home Countries, RYA Cymru Wales, RYA Northern Ireland and RYA Scotland, and provides the regions and Home Countries with the opportunity to support, and learn from, each other.

Member engagement has always been an RYA priority; from hosting events to facilitating webinars and workshops, recognising and rewarding volunteers and carrying out consultations and surveys.  The English Regions Forum serves to enhance this communication and interaction between members and stakeholders.  Diversity and equality are fundamental to the RYA and the Forum is expected to evolve to include more Sailability groups, training centres and younger participants in the electorate and membership by utilising technology as well as physical gatherings.  Those interested in joining their Regional Volunteer Teams can contact their Regional Chairs on the appropriate webpage.

Regional Chairs:

Helen Hofmann – London & South East

Chris Davis – South West

Doug MacEwen – East

Geoff Meggitt – North West

Johnny Johnston - South

Ian Smith – North East

Steven Tinsley - Midlands  

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