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Volunteering with RYA Scotland

RYA Scotland is now changing the way the organisation is run. We have always aimed to ensure we apply best practice in governance and make the best use of the time our volunteers give to RYA Scotland committees and these changes we will continue this.

As one of Scotland's leading Sports Governing Bodies RYA Scotland protect and promote the interests of the 76,000 strong boating community and the 21,000 people in over 250 RYA Affiliated Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres across Scotland.

We have come a long way in a short time and are very proud of our achievements and our innovative approaches. We plan to keep pushing forward to be the best we can be and have something you might be interested in.

We have extended our Board of Volunteer Directors. We have so much potential that we need to bring in new skills and create greater connections to the key aspects of our organisation across Scotland and to our external partners.

Right now there are seven new Director positions available and we are looking for the right people to lead RYA Scotland into the future.

Honorary Secretary

We are going through a process of updating our governance structure and the Honorary Secretary role will be responsible for working with the Chief Executive Officer and leading the next phase of this evolution, ensuring the organisation meets its statutory obligations for the future.

Sub Committee Director (Cruising and General Purposes)

Sub Committee Director (Participation and Development)

Sub Committee Director (Performance)

We have three positions that connect to our operational committees and want people who are really passionate about our sport to think about what they might offer in these roles. It is not necessary to lead the committee, the Committee Chair does that, but we do need you to be the committee advocate on the board and to represent the committee across the rest of the organisation. You will have some background in the specific role but clear thinking, a keen interest in the specifics of the sub committee and passion are the desirable traits.

Non Executive Director (Specific Skills) x 2

These two roles have enormous potential. We feel we need to have much better connections with the wider world of the marine trade, marine industry, general business and the wider field of sport in general, possibly at an international level. If you are part of the networks that engage in these sectors then you already have knowledge and experience we would value.

Youth Director

This role is possibly the most exciting and certainly one closest to our hearts. We are so committed to engaging with young people that it was the first we put into the new structure.

We know we have quite a bit of work to do here so we really want someone with bags of energy and great ideas to help us reach out to young people in boating and to ensure their voice is loud and clear across the organisation. You might have connections into University sailing, be instructing, competing or an active member of a club in Scotland but really the key thing here is that you are able and willing to get out and meet young people of all ages across Scotland.

AND you need to be under 25.

We are passionate about equality and inclusion and welcome applications from all.

We are proud to be the first and only Sport Governing Body in Scotland to hold the LGBT Youth Scotland Foundations Charter and to have been the first in Scotland to achieve the Sport Councils Advanced Equality Standard. We have a focus on engaging women in sailing, disability is no barrier to participation and we are actively changing to include young people in our decision making so when we say we welcome applications from all – we really mean it!

Board meetings will move around the country and with options to meet electronically being a normal part of our methods, we are keen to have representation from across Scotland.

These roles are voluntary and are not remunerated, however RYA Scotland will meet your expenses for attending meetings and support your development in your chosen role.

The best way to find out more about these opportunities is to speak to James Allan the CEO. Feel free to call him on 0131 317 7388

You can also take a look at the role descriptions in the documents section. If you want to apply right away then please email your CV with a short covering letter to


Applications will be open until the 6th of January 2020.

New Directors will be invited to join the Board and other RYA Scotland Volunteers at a Volunteers day on 25 January 2020 ahead of our Annual Awards at the Falkirk Wheel.

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