Currently Development Director with Table Tennis England, Greg Yarnall will join the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYANI) in September 2022. Greg has significant experience in the sport, recreation and charity sectors, working as part of the Senior Leadership Team with Table Tennis England since 2016, and having previously worked in management positions for Beanstalk Charity and Northamptonshire Sport. Greg has also been an active coach and volunteer across a wide range of sports for the past 20 years.
Greg commented: "It is an honour to take on the Chief Operating Officer role for RYANI and I would like to thank the Board of RYANI for giving me this opportunity. The sports sector has been through some challenging times over the past couple of years and I am excited to start working with the team of staff, the Board and the clubs, volunteers, centres and partners across Northern Ireland, to continue, and grow the work of RYANI."
Chair of RYANI, Susan McKnight, commented: "On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Richard Honeyford for his hard work as former Chief Operating Officer and we wish him well in his new role. I would also like to thank Gayle Logan for her work as Interim Chief Operating Officer and leading the team over these few months until our new COO starts in September.
"I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to Greg Yarnall as he joins the RYANI team. We are delighted that Greg has accepted the post as Chief Operating Officer and I am confident that his appointment and extensive experience will be a fantastic asset to our sport. This is an exciting time for sailing and boating and I am looking forward to seeing the team continue their dedicated work under Greg's leadership."