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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £59,000
  • Edinburgh - travel across Scotland as well as travel to wider UK locations
  • Closing 5th December 2022

  • Advertised from 11th November 2022
  • Starting salary circa £59,000 - 35 hours per week
  • Benefits package includes pension and life insurance, free RYA Membership and associated preferential staff discounts, 26 days holiday plus public holidays.


The Royal Yachting Association Scotland is seeking an exceptional individual to inspire and lead the RYA Scotland Team as Chief Executive.

RYA Scotland is one of the foremost volunteer-led Sport Governing Bodies in Scotland. We are also a membership organisation that values the freedoms of recreational boating and the positive impact it provides to the people, places and communities who participate.

RYA Scotland protects and promotes the interests of Scotland’s varied boating community, working closely with key stakeholders and across 268 RYA Affiliated Clubs, Class Associations and Training Centres, who all help contribute to our purpose.

RYA Scotland is focussed on continuous improvement with sustainability, equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout our activities. We are proud of the achievements and the impact on the sport we have had at the highest levels of competition, while also ensuring that getting afloat is accessible, and open to all.

The successful candidate will lead our wider team of staff and volunteers who support grass roots sport development, coach development, and performance activities, alongside representing member interests, communications, marketing, and administration support.

The Role

The Chief Executive role is at the heart of an organisation that protects and promotes safe, successful, and rewarding boating in Scotland. We are looking for someone who can:

  • Lead the strategic development, governance, operations, and promotion of recreational boating within Scotland.
  • Provide inspirational leadership and management of our staff.
  • Build strong relationships with all our stake holders.


You will have a demonstrable history of exceptional leadership of organisations. You will have a background in sport preferably national governing body level within a leadership position.

The role involves travel across Scotland as well as travel to wider UK locations, consequently a full clean UK driving licence is essential. The candidate should be available to work flexibly, including a number of evenings and weekends throughout the year.

Application notes

Closing date 12 noon on Monday 5th December 2022

Interviews held in Edinburgh on the week beginning the 19th December 2022

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Should you have any specific questions on the role:

To apply please complete the application form which should be returned, along with a completed equality monitoring form, to the HR Department (

RYA Scotland is committed to equality of opportunity.

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!