As the application deadline passed yesterday (Friday 28 October) for the position of CEO of Irish Sailing, candidates will be screened at Park Road Headquarters, Dun Laoghaire to see if there is someone who can maintain relations with the yacht of the country. clubs and classes while navigating the maze of Sport Ireland which provides so much government funding to the national governing body.
Afloat understands that the position has generated considerable interest due to the impending retirement of current Managing Director Harry Hermon, as previously stated on Afloat.ie.
However, surprise was expressed in some quarters that several likely candidates decided to pass up the opportunity.
The successful candidate will take the reins in times of “real crisis of [Irish] elite sailing”, as heard at the Irish Sailing AGM earlier this year.
Although those involved in the recruiting process are keeping a low profile, word on the waterfront is that the ranks of the sailing community itself have produced at least half a dozen names for the hat, including those international racing fraternities – both inshore and offshore – as well as current trustees. As Afloat’s sources reveal, expressions of interest have also come in from suitably qualified sailing school instructors and coaches for the supposed €90,000 role.
Irish Sailing’s recruitment partner, Ascension Executive Recruitment, told Afloat the salary for the position “is negotiable depending on experience”. Therefore, this figure is most likely a starting point where the benchmark, according to industry sources, could reach €130,000.
The vacancy, it is understood, has also appealed to some other trustees in national governing bodies, where there are ambitious ‘number twos’ keen to move up the career ladder.
In the job description and job profile, the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing in Ireland states that the CEO is responsible for leading the organization to ensure the sustainability of the sport, its reputation and the achievement of outstanding success”.
Among the demands of the new CEO is setting the strategic direction for Irish Sailing, including strategies to increase participation and encourage inclusion and diversity.
They will have significant experience in a similar business or environment, managing multiple stakeholders and sources of funding, with a genuine desire to develop the sport of sailing at all levels.
They will also have “professional experience in leading innovation and change”.
Applications closed on Friday, October 28. More information about the role can be found on the Irish Sailing LinkedIn page HERE.