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Non-Executive Directors x 2

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Organisation: Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
  • Salary: Expenses Paid
  • Closing Date: 13 September 2019 | Non Executive Director

Non-Executive Directors x 2

Salary: Expenses Paid

Location: London or Southampton

We are seeking two enthusiastic and forward thinking non-executive directors to replace our Senior Nominated Director, Vernon Harten-Ash and Independent Director, Joe Lip Poh Seet, who retire from office at this year’s AGM in November.

We are looking for experienced individuals with strong critical thinking skills who are capable of applying independent judgment to work effectively with other executive and non-executive directors. Following a skills evaluation, the Board is keen to balance its composition and skills and seeks to receive applications from candidates with strong experience in finance, legal, corporate governance or risk. One of the successful candidates may also be invited to take the role of Chair of the RYA Audit & Risk Committee (ARC). 

The ARC is one of five policy forming committees reporting to the Board which also include the Cruising, Legal & Government Affairs Committee, Participation & Membership Committee, Racing Committee and Training Committee.


A recognised legal or financial qualification. Along with wider knowledge and experience, or a meaningful period of involvement and management of related activities in complex organisations.

RYA Board

The role of the RYA Board is to supervise the management of the Association’s business and to discharge the responsibilities of the Directors under the Companies Act 2006 and also in compliance with the Code of Sports Governance.

The Board’s main duties are to:

  • Lead on Corporate Governance
  • Develop long term Strategic Plans;
  • Support operational management and approve the annual operating plan and operating budgets;
  • Supervise risk management and safety matters for the Association;
  • Lead on our obligations regarding the Association’s Stakeholder engagement strategy.

The Code of Sports Governance sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that are required from those bodies that receive Government and National Lottery Funding

The RYA Chair, Chief Executive and Finance Director sit on the Board ex officio. A further seven non-executive directors are appointed on the basis of personal competencies through an open recruitment process. This includes four Nominated Directors, appointed by the members through an election process and three Independent Directors appointed by the Board. If appointed you would serve a four year term with effect from November 2019’s AGM. Those appointed may have the opportunity to stand for one further term.

The RYA Board meets six times a year in either London or Southampton. This role is on a voluntary basis, with travel expenses paid. We welcome applicants from the whole of the UK.


The RYA actively promotes diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. In line with our Diversity Action Plan we are keen to achieve a more diverse Board and particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, in particular people from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. In order to improve gender balance we are keen to attract additional female Board members.

If you would like to join the Board and feel you have the relevant skills and experience to contribute to this complex organisation, please download an application form and an equality monitoring form from the related documents section above. If you require further information please email .All members of the Board will be required to become members of the RYA, to sign an IP Waiver and Code of Conduct forms and complete a “fit and proper person’s” declaration.

Full applications must reach the RYA by Friday 13 September 2019.

Interviews will take place on Friday 27 September 2019 .

Biographies of the current RYA Board can be found here. 

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