1. ITV Report

Welcome to Yorkshire meet to discuss new CEO

Welcome to Yorkshire has today been discussing the hunt for a new CEO following the resignation of Sir Gary Verity.

The departure of the Chief Executive was on the agenda at a board meeting.

Welcome to Yorkshire last week stated that the resignation was not directly linked to concerns raised regarding "his behaviour towards staff and his expenses".

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They said Welcome to Yorkshire "takes all allegations very seriously."

The Board investigated the concerns which were raised and concluded that Sir Gary "made errors of judgement regarding his expenses at a very difficult time for him and his family."

They added: "Sir Gary has agreed to voluntarily reimburse Welcome to Yorkshire for monies owed."

In a statement Welcome to Yorkshire said:

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. We wish him well for the future.”

– Welcome to Yorkshire

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.”

– Sir Gary Verity

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.”

– Ron McMillan