The Royal Yachting Affiliation (RYA) has appointed Sara Sutcliffe MBE as its new main govt. Sutcliffe will consider up her new put up in early 2022 and has beforehand worked with the British Olympic Affiliation and attended four Olympic Online games as Group GB standard counsel.

“With more than 20 years’ expertise in the sports activities sector Sara provides with her a wealth of understanding, know-how and passion that will be a true asset to the RYA,” claims Chris Preston, RYA chair.

“Her appointment, I believe, will provide an remarkable new dimension to the affiliation and its users and will assist the RYA’s strategy to help all participants and stakeholders in boating and the maritime leisure sector.”

Speaking of her new appointment Sutcliffe claims: “I am enthusiastic about the prospect to lead the RYA in this critical management role, supplying excellent guidance to its customers and golf equipment, and top the way with its world-leading comprehensive education and learning and training programmes.

“The talent pathway has, for many decades, continuously created outstanding British and Olympic sailors. I simply cannot wait around to lend my guidance to the leadership of the British sailing crew and embrace the modifying proportions of the Olympic programme.  At its coronary heart, the RYA must embed equality, diversity and inclusion to assure that boating at all levels is accessible and welcoming.

“Additionally, the job the RYA plays in tackling and influencing plan on challenges this kind of as marine natural environment sustainability and access to cleanse and open up waterways is a complicated and crucial region that I am hunting ahead to becoming a element of and ensuring the voice of the RYA’s membership is heard.”

Not long ago awarded an MBE for expert services to sport, Sutcliffe is a indigenous New Zealander but she has lived and labored in the British isles during her career. 

A qualified law firm, she expended her formative years operating in the Town at leading worldwide legislation firm Baker & McKenzie.

With a keen curiosity in activity, she later took the chance to sign up for the British Olympic Affiliation (BOA) producing her authorized and administration techniques and attending 4 Olympic Online games as common counsel to Staff GB.  She was also instrumental in the London 2012 bid, doing the job intently with the Section for Digital, Lifestyle, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Mayor of London to safe the internet hosting of the Video games.

Pursuing the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Game titles, Sutcliffe joined Table Tennis England as CEO in which she has overseen substantial sustained advancements in governance, performance and participation in the activity as properly as top the bid to host the 2018 ITTF Group Entire world Cup in London.

Sutcliffe will be having up publish in early January 2022 and concludes: “It is an honour to enjoy a aspect in the distinguished background of the RYA, to direct it on the next chapter in its journey as it develops its put up-pandemic strategic strategy seeking over and above its regular 4-year cycle. I seem forward to working with the board, senior management group, committees, volunteers and the whole RYA workforce.”

Sutcliffe and her family are all keen boaters and get pleasure from family members sailing vacations her children are presently on the RYA understanding pathway.

In September 2021, the RYA declared the appointment of Mel Disguise as its new director of exterior affairs, following Howard Pridding’s decision to retire from total-time work. 

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