Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Welcome to Yorkshire Announcement

22 Mar 2019 by Welcome to Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire would like to make you aware that Sir Gary Verity DL has resigned from the organisation on health grounds with immediate effect.

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Although not directly linked to Sir Gary’s resignation, concerns have also been raised in relation to his behaviour towards staff and his expenses and we want to inform you of these.

As a responsible organisation Welcome to Yorkshire takes all allegations very seriously.

The Board has investigated these and concluded that Sir Gary made errors of judgement regarding his expenses at a very difficult time for him and his family.

Sir Gary has agreed to voluntarily reimburse Welcome to Yorkshire for monies owed.

Welcome to Yorkshire would like to place on record its thanks to Sir Gary for the commitment and energy he has demonstrated during his ten years at Welcome to Yorkshire. Sir Gary has led the transformation of Yorkshire’s profile, most notably through the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014 and the subsequent legacy of the Tour de Yorkshire, which have significantly boosted the county’s economy and we wish him well for the future.

Sir Gary Verity DL said: “Over the last ten and a half years I have always tried to set the highest standards of personal performance and leadership.  Where this has been achieved, I am grateful and when, on occasions, I have fallen short, I apologise.  My health is now my main priority.  I ask for time and space to heal.” “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead such an inspirational organisation and work with such a creative and talented team.”

“I know that Welcome to Yorkshire will continue to go from strength to strength and achieve many fantastic things over the coming years.”

Ron McMillan, Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “It is very much business as usual for Welcome to Yorkshire beginning with Y19 on April 3 at The Royal Armouries in Leeds.

“Our tenth anniversary is shaping up to be our most exciting yet as we deliver an incredible programme of events and campaigns to continue to make Yorkshire a number one tourism destination.”