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RYA Northern Ireland Announces New Chief Operating Officer

7th July 2022
Greg Yarnall
Greg Yarnall joins the RYANI in September 2022 from his current role as development director with Table Tennis England

RYA Northern Ireland has announced the appointment of Greg Yarnall as its new chief operating officer.

Currently development director with Table Tennis England, he will join the RYANI in September 2022. He succeeds Richard Honeyford, who took up a new post as executive manager of the NI Sports Forum earlier this summer.

Yarnall has significant experience in the sport, recreation and charity sectors, working as part of the senior leadership team with Table Tennis England since 2016, having previously worked in management positions for Beanstalk Charity and Northamptonshire Sport.

He has also been an active coach and volunteer across a wide range of sports for the past 20 years.

“It is an honour to take on the chief operating officer role for RYANI and I would like to thank the board of RYANI for giving me this opportunity,” Yarnall said.

“The sports sector has been through some challenging times over the past couple of years and I am excited to start working with the team of staff, the board and the clubs, volunteers, centres and partners across Northern Ireland, to continue and grow the work of RYANI.

Susan McKnight, chair of RYANI said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Richard Honeyford for his hard work as former chief operating officer and we wish him well in his new role. I would also like to thank Gayle Logan for her work as interim chief operating officer and leading the team over these few months until our new COO starts in September.

“I am pleased to extend a warm welcome Greg Yarnall to the RYANI team. We are delighted that Greg has accepted the post as chief operating officer and I am confident that his appointment and extensive experience will be a fantastic asset to our sport.

“This is an exciting time for sailing and boating and I am looking forward to seeing the team continue their dedicated work under Greg’s leadership.” Team

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About the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Northern Ireland 

  • The 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 RYA is recognised by Government, the media and opinion formers as the representative body and voice for the activities that it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 112,000 personal members.
  • The RYA has more than 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes, which represent some 350,000 boaters throughout the UK. It is estimated that 4 million people in the UK take part in boating activity annually.
  • The RYA also sets and maintains recognised standards for training for both leisure and commercial boating through a network of more than 2,400 RYA Recognised Training Centres across 58 countries. More than 250,000 people per year complete RYA training courses.
  • The RYA is responsible for one of the UK’s most successful Olympic medal-winning sports. Our coaching and development schemes actively support 800 of our country’s top sailors, from talented juniors to Olympic and World champions.
  • The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone. For more information please visit
  • The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYA NI) acts for the RYA in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Chairman of RYA NI is invited to join the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Policy Review Committee.
  • You can find the RYA Northern Ireland at Sketrick House, GE8, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH.
  • RYA NI is a company limited by guarantee – Registration number NI 51945
  • Contact RYA NI: Tel: 02891 827154 email: [email protected]



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