Non-Executive Director

Organisation The Royal Yachting Association

Location Hamble, Hampshire

Hours of Work The RYA Board meets six times a year

Salary & Benefits This role is not remunerated however basic travel expenses are paid.

Closing Date 14 September


RYA Board Election 2018                                                                                                      

The Royal Yachting Association, based in Hamble, is the national governing body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, personal watercraft, inland cruising and narrowboats and has an annual income of over £22 million.

Non-Executive Director

The RYA is seeking an enthusiastic and forward thinking non-executive director to join its Board. 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 business experience relating to any of the following fields: Marketing and Communications, Sports Administration or Legal.


A recognised qualification in public relations, marketing or law plus wider knowledge and experience or a meaningful period of involvement in and management of related activities in complex organisations.

RYA Board

The Chair, Chief Executive and Finance Director sit on the Board with a further seven non-executive directors appointed on the basis of personal competencies. You will serve a four year term with effect from this year's AGM. Those elected will have the opportunity to stand for a further term.

The RYA Board meets six times a year, this role is not remunerated however basic travel expenses are paid. We welcome applicants from the whole of the UK.

The role of the Board is to supervise the management of the Association's business and to discharge the responsibilities of the directors under the Companies Act.

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 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 maintain gender balance we are particularly keen to attract an additional female Board member.

If you would like to join the Board and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please download an application form from our website.

Applications must reach the RYA by the 14th of September 2018.

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