The International Optimist Class is delighted to announce that Sally BURNETT has accepted the position of Secretary General Designate of IODA.
Sally BURNETT who is from the North Midlands in Great Britain combines the knowledge of international sailing and the small-business experience which are the principal requirements of the position.
An ISAF International Judge and Umpire since 1988, she has most recently been involved in the revival of the ISAF Nations Cup, focussed on bringing keelboat match racing to countries with little experience in this discipline.
A university graduate in design, BURNETT has 25 years experience as a partner in a small specialist ceramics business and has also worked in the healthcare recruitment industry.
It is intended that after training - and a "holiday" at the Olympic Games where she is on the International Jury - BURNETT will assume the position of Secretary General in September. Robert WILKES, the present secretary, will then remain as a consultant.
The long recruitment process which produced a number of other excellent candidates has been greatly assisted by the services of David SPRAGUE, a recruitment consultant who, as current vice-chair of the ISAF Classes Committee, brought a unique insight into this exciting and challenging position.
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