, 2022-06-27 12:46:59,
The Royal Yachting Association has today (Monday 27 June) announced that the board has agreed a one-year extension to the tenure of Chris Preston, a passionate sailor with more than 50 years’ experience of racing and cruising, as its chair.
The extension provides a welcome period of stability for the RYA following a time when many external factors have presented major challenges — including the impact of the global pandemic, a significant increase in watersports activities combined with changing attitudes to both participation and membership, and regulatory uncertainty resulting from Brexit.
Board chairs ordinarily serve a fixed four-year term. However, due to the current exceptional circumstances including a new chief executive and four new non-executive directors all joining in the last eight months, Preston has been invited to remain in post as RYA chair until November 2023.
The board, through its nominations committee, will shortly commence the open process to appoint a successor for the role of RYA chair and the one-year extension of Preston’s tenure affords the organisation the benefit of a healthy handover period.
In his sporting and volunteer roles, Chris Preston has been a school governor, an officer of two sailing clubs and member of various boards within the boating industry.
He and his wife Victoria currently race a 1924 West Solent One Design with a Corinthian mixed crew, taking and training young people whenever possible, and are supporters of the UKSA yachting charity.
His professional career with Bank of America, Rothschilds, Citi and the BCV Group has given Chris many opportunities, including as CFO and CEO, and he has served on, or chaired, multiple boards, including for partially state-owned or co-operative organisations.
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