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Can you help lead the RYA?

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 social groups.

Non-Executive Directors

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 background.

RYA Board

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 Governance;      
  • Develop long term Strategic Plans;       
  • 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.

The 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. As 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 an INED. term.   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.  


The 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 with disabilities.   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  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 person’s” declaration.  

Full applications must reach the RYA by Friday 18 September 2020.  

Biographies of the current RYA Board can be found here.

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