About the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.
The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYA NI) acts for the RYA in Northern Ireland (NI).
The RYANI continues to grow as an organisation and increase its reach, with over 70 recognised and affiliated bodies, 1280 RYA Personal Members and over 9500 Club Members across Northern Ireland.
RYANI’s purpose is to Promote and Protect Safe, Successful and Rewarding Boating in Northern Ireland
RYA NI organises a wide range of programmes and services, designed to promote boating on both a participation and performance level for participant, coaches, officials and volunteers.
|Participation|| Working with clubs to deliver participation initiatives, including:
- Women On Water
- Bright Night Sailing
- Volunteer development
|Club and Workforce Development|| - Club development
- Instructor Courses
- Race officials courses
- Coach development
|Performance|| Pathway Club Programme
- Open Pathway Training
- Performance Programmes
- Support of high performance athletes
|Membership and Representation|| Representation of issues facing sport to relevant Departments/ Ministers
- Cruising Conference
- Environmental sustainability
- Promotion of RYA personal membership
|Cross Functional|| PR
- Income Generation
RYA NI’s Board of Directors consists of not more than ten members, 7 elected through club nomination and 3 recruited as independents and all voted in at the AGM. An independent director is defined as someone who does not sit on the Executive Committee of any RYANI Affiliated Club and is appointed through an application process.
The Articles of Association state that the RYANI Board cannot contain more than 3 members of one Club.
The Board is made up of the following posts:
2. Vice Chair
4. Development Committee Chair
5. Performance Committee Chair
6. Income Generation Committee Chair
7. Cruising and Environment Chair
8. Safeguarding/Equality Champion
9. Membership Development
10. Marketing Communications
Role of Directors
The role and responsibilities of Directors on the Board is as follows:
Terms of Appointment, Time Commitment and Remuneration
The Chair and Vice Chair will be invited to attend the RYA induction in Hamble
RYA NI will provide induction training for the successful candidates.
Assistance for Board Members with Disabilities
Every effort will be made to provide whatever reasonable support Board Members need to help them carry out their duties.
Those Directors nominated by an affiliated club will be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Where 2 people are standing for the same position, a ballot will be held.
For those people wishing to stand as an independent candidate, following short-listing, all successful candidates will be asked to attend an interview.
A selection panel normally consisting of the Chair and COO will oversee the interview and appointment process.
The panel’s recommended candidates will then be considered for appointment by the membership at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. Successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible after the AGM.
Equality of Opportunity
RYANI is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all individuals. Applications are welcome regardless of gender, age marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants. All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit.
Independent Directors 2021
The RYANI is seeking to appoint up to 3 independent Directors for the roles of:
Role descriptions can be downloaded here.
To apply, please e mail your C.V. and a brief covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for roles will close at noon on 17th September 2021.