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Welcome to Yorkshire Chairman of the Board resigns

Welcome to Yorkshire's Chairman of the Board, Ron McMillan has resigned as an independent investigation into expenses and procedures has commenced.

McMillan will be replaced in the interim by current board member Keith Stewart, until the outcomes of the investigations are known.

an independent investigation into expenses and procedures has commenced. Credit: PA

We’d like to thank Ron for his time as Chair and helping to oversee a hugely successful period in the growth of the Yorkshire tourism brand and the prosperity it has brought to the region, adding over £1billion in 2016-17 alone.

Welcome to Yorkshire is committed to making any changes which may be needed to help rebuild trust in the organisation, to support our team and continue to deliver world-class events in the region.

I am taking the chair on an interim basis and we recognise the need, moving beyond the immediate short term, to focus on recruiting an external chair together with improving the diversity of the board.

– Interim Chair Keith Stewart,

Two independent professional services businesses to undertake separate investigations into expenses and the culture, governance procedures and management of the organisation following the departure of CEO Sir Gary Verity.

The investigation into expenses will be undertaken by independent forensic accountants BDO and by external lawyers Clarion into the culture, governance, procedures and management.

It's hoped that both investigations will be completed by the end of June 2019.

A report outlining the key themes, findings and recommendations will be made publicly available

investigations will be completed by the end of June 2019. Credit: PA

This year we have an incredibly ambitious programme of events and will once again focus the eyes of the world on Yorkshire.

We want to be able to continue this work long in to the future as part of an organisation that everyone can be rightfully proud of.

– Interim Chair Keith Stewart,