PA to Chief Executive


Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 per annum depending on experience

Location: Hamble, Southampton (hybrid working is currently being trialled giving the flexibility of home & office working)

Full Time: 35 hours per week

The RYA offers a range of benefits including: a total annual leave package of 28 days (plus public holidays), a generous personal pension scheme, life insurance, access to discounts through Sodexo, employee health assistance programme, trained mental health first aiders.


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Personal Assistant to provide PA / secretarial and administrative support to the RYA Chief Executive and Board. There is an expectation that the successful candidate will set a high standard, have a keen eye for detail, and manage relationships with the office of HRH The Princess Royal (RYA President) and senior volunteers and managers with professionalism.


You will need to have excellent communication, organisational and writing skills as well as the ability to deal with a wide range of people at all levels, work under pressure, and prioritise your workload in order to meet deadlines.


Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Tasks related to supporting the Chief Executive, including:

    • Liaison with the Senior Leadership Team
    • Diary management: organising meetings / agendas / video calls / travel (UK and some international)
  • Tasks related to working with RYA volunteers (Board / Committees / Regions), including:

    • Organisation and administration of Board meetings – including taking minutes
    • Administration related to Board elections
  • Events / Liaison with the President’s Office:

    • Organise the logistics for the Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Awards
    • Organise an annual stakeholder lunch
    • Organise ad-hoc events attended by the RYA President
  • Liaison with external organisations and stakeholders including other National Governing Bodies, Government agencies, and Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords.



To Apply

Please review the full job description and send a completed application form and equality monitoring form to  

Closing date for applications: Midday 2 August 2022

Interviews to be held: W/C 8 August 2022


The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity


The RYA as an equal opportunity and disability confident employer, celebrates and welcomes diversity in all its forms and believes 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.