The RYA is delighted to announce that Alistair Dickson has been appointed as the new Director of Sport Development and will take over from Duncan Truswell who after 14 years at the RYA is moving on to a new role at Sport England.

Alistair has been involved in RYA activity from an early age as a squad sailor and coach within the RYA Cymru Wales squad programme. After a career in the British Army as an Officer in the Royal Engineers, he returned to RYA Cymru Wales as High Performance Manager, later becoming the Interim Chief Executive Officer. 

Since then, Alistair has been working at World Sailing as the Events Manager, responsible for the Youth Sailing World Championships and the Sailing World Championships. He also managed a restructure of the Emerging Nation's Programme, designed to reduce the performance gap in nations at the Olympic level of sailing

Commenting on his appointment, Alistair said: "I'm really looking forward to my new challenge as Director of Sport Development at the RYA. It's a real honour to be given the opportunity to lead the team tasked with raising participation in all forms of RYA activity.  I think we're at a really exciting time where the research that has been undertaken over the past few years is now really starting to highlight opportunities to increase participation and I look forward to working with the many stakeholders of RYA activity in a collaborative and innovative way."

As Director of Sport Development , Alistair will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Sport Development programmes and activities, to increase and maintain participation in sailing and windsurfing.

He'll also be supporting RYA affiliated clubs as well as liaising with Sport England to develop plans and gain support and essential funding for RYA initiatives and programmes.