RYA South West Regional Chair


We are recruiting for the next volunteer Chair of the RYA South West Regional Team at an important and exciting time for the region’s development. 

The full range of sailing and boating activities takes place in the region, from ocean and offshore yacht racing and cruising, including motorboat cruising, club racing and cruising, both tidal and on inland reservoirs and lakes, radio-controlled model boat racing, windsurfing, dinghy racing and cruising, and cruising on inland waterways.

The purpose of the Regional Team is to support the overall RYA Strategy - Together on Water - in the South-West region.

More specifically the purpose of the Regional Team is:

  • To support and enable engagement with and between stakeholders in the region.
  • To be a point of contact for RYA affiliates and members within the region.
  • To ensure the RYA is connected to and understands the needs of the region.
  • To create and deliver a regional implementation plan.
  • To support the region through the delivery of specific projects.

The Chair’s role is to:

  • Lead and guide the team’s activities.
  • Chair regular meetings of the Regional Team
  • Represent the region on the English Regional Forum*, as well as on other bodies as required to support the role.

For further information please read the RYA South-West Regional Team Terms Of Reference (Terms of Reference), or the more detailed role specification, which can be found here - Job Description.

Registering an interest, application and appointment process of the RYA South West Regional Chair - 

  • To register an interest please contact chair.sw@rya.org.uk, who can share a simple application form, to be completed by Friday 12th April 2024.
  • We plan to hold individual meetings with shortlisted applicants to discuss the role in week commencing 22 April 2024 – these would be in person or online to suit availability.
  • We intend to appoint the new Chair to the role in November 2024.
  • If you would like to understand more about the role, please feel free to contact the current chair, Chris Davis, or a member of the SW Regional Team using the email address above.

*The English Regional Forum enables interaction between the RYA regions, the RYA Chair, Chief Executive and senior development and performance staff. 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 with the opportunity to support and learn from each other.

The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.

As an equal opportunity and disability confident employer, we celebrate and welcome diversity in all its forms and believe that a diverse workforce boosts innovation, productivity, and creativity.

We are dedicated to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion and strive to be an inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves. We would particularly encourage applications from ethnically diverse candidates who are currently underrepresented at the RYA.

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