The RYA is the National
Governing Body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing,
motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing, personal
watercraft, inland cruising and narrowboats.
It has an annual income of over £21 million. The RYA was the first
national governing body to achieve the Advanced Equality Standard for Sport and
we are keen to continue to increase participation in our activities from all
The RYA Board is seeking to
appoint an enthusiastic and forward thinking Independent non-executive director
to join its Board. We are looking for an experienced individual with strong
critical thinking skills who can apply independent judgment to work effectively
with other executive and non-executive directors. Following a skills
evaluation, the Board is keen to balance its composition and skills and seeks
to receive applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate a strong
track record and relevant qualifications and experience of either elite sports at a strategic level, a good
working knowledge of the principles of good Corporate Governance or a legal
The role of the RYA Board is to supervise the
management of the Association’s business and to discharge the responsibilities
of the Directors under the Companies Act 2006 and also in compliance with the
Code of Sports Governance.
The Board’s main duties are to:
- Lead on Corporate
- Develop long term
- Support operational
management and approve the annual operating plan and operating budgets;
- Supervise risk
management and safety matters for the Association;
- Lead on our
obligations regarding the Association’s Stakeholder engagement strategy.
The Code of Sports Governance sets out the levels
of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that are required from
those bodies that receive Government and National Lottery Funding.
RYA Chair, Chief Executive and Finance Director sit on the Board ex officio. A
further seven non-executive directors are appointed on the basis of personal
competencies through an open recruitment process. This includes four Nominated
Directors, appointed by the members through an election process and three
Independent Directors appointed by the Board.
an independent NED appointed by the Board you would serve an initial four-year
term. Those appointed may have the opportunity to stand for one further term as
The RYA Board currently meets
six times a year and the total time commitment including these meetings is
estimated to be between 10 and 15 days. This role is on a voluntary basis, with
travel expenses paid.
RYA actively promotes diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from
all sections of the community. In line with our Diversity Action Plan we are
keen to achieve a more diverse Board and especially welcome applications from
under-represented groups, particularly people from ethnic minorities and people
If you would like to join the Board and feel you have the
relevant skills and experience to contribute to this complex organisation,
please download an application form and an equality monitoring form from the
related documents section above and follow the application guidance within the
application form. If you require further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All members of the Board will be required to become members of the RYA, to
sign an IP Waiver and Code of Conduct forms and complete a “fit and proper
Full applications must reach the RYA by Friday 18 September 2020.
Biographies of the current RYA Board can be found here.
The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity
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