Thank you and farewell to Sarah

As our Chief Executive heads to pastures new, we say thank you!

Various images for ITSB July

As many of you will now have heard, Sarah Treseder will be moving on from the RYA next month to become the next Chief Executive at the UK Chamber of Shipping, replacing Bob Sanguinetti.

Their gain is very definitely our loss!

As a member of the British Olympic Association Board and a Younger Brother of Trinity House, Sarah has successfully led the RYA for more than 10 years. She will bring a wealth of experience to her new role and is due to take up the position in October 2021.

Sarah’s excellent management and leadership skills combined with her own personal recreational boating experience has been be a true asset to the RYA, its members and the boating community as a whole. 

Sarah took up the post in February 2010 and has since devoted her passion, dedication and experience to making a success of the CEO role. 

Having been involved in cruising and racing boats all of her life, Sarah's varied experience in business and on the water enabled her to connect with the sport at all levels; from grassroots programmes to the higher echelons of the racing community.

Sarah's tenure has seen the RYA's membership base grow to an all-time high, with over 100,000 personal members and 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes. She has long fought to maintain and promote safe and responsible recreational boating and has successfully campaigned to resist any legislation that is disproportionate, ineffective or unenforceable.

Sarah's arrival at the RYA revolutionised the Association's strategic planning processes and brought an exciting new dimension to the RYA and to the marine leisure sector. Her impressive network of engaged stakeholders across the RYA family and indeed the many industry partnerships she strengthened; will no doubt all be wishing Sarah the best of luck in her new role at the UK Chamber of Shipping.

Reflecting on her time with us, Sarah says: "I’ve treasured my time at the RYA and am proud of what the Association has achieved whilst I have been at its helm. The team support I have received over the past decade has been outstanding, which has made the decision to leave incredibly tough, but I know I leave the RYA in a very strong position and that it will go from strength to strength in the years ahead.”

Sarah has transformed the RYA in terms of strategic thinking, partnership networking and ambition during her tenure. There is not an aspect of the Association’s business both internally and externally that she has not influenced or changed for the better; consequently, she leaves a strong and lasting legacy.

Sarah will continue in her role as RYA CEO until the end of August, whilst the recruitment process takes place, allowing her successor to participate in the formulation of the next four-year RYA strategy which will be launched in 2021/22.

From everyone at the RYA – we will miss you Sarah and we wish you all the very best for your future. Keep in touch!