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Welcome to Yorkshire CEO Sir Gary Verity resigns

Welcome to Yorkshire has announced that Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity has resigned on health grounds with immediate effect.

It said that although not directly linked to Sir Gary’s resignation, concerns had been raised in relation to his behaviour towards staff and his expenses.

Welcome to Yorkshire said that it "takes all allegations very seriously".

It added: "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 is said to have voluntarily agreed to reimburse Welcome to Yorkshire for monies owed.

The statement from Welcome to Yorkshire went on to thank Sir Gary for his service.

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 Statement

Sir Gary Verity DL said his focus now was on his health. In a statement he 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