We are delighted that Sir Gary Verity is able to join us at our Year 11 Achievement Evening as our Guest Speaker.
Sir Gary, Chief Executive Officer of Welcome to Yorkshire, has been recognised for his contribution to Yorkshire including a knighthood in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Tourism and the Tour De France Grand Départ 2014. It has just been announced that Yorkshire will host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships after a successful joint bid involving Welcome to Yorkshire.
Sir Gary Verity
Yorkshire will host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships after a successful joint bid involving Welcome to Yorkshire.
Sir Gary led the winning bid to bring the Grand Départ of the Tour de France-the world’s largest annual sporting event- to Yorkshire in 2014 and was instrumental in the entire process from start to finish. It has since been hailed as the grandest ever Grand Départ.
The county’s successful hosting of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, which generated £102 million economic benefit, has now been followed up with Yorkshire’s very own international
stage race, the Tour de Yorkshire, which enjoyed significant success in its inaugural year.
Sir Gary has been recognised for his contribution to the county he loves including being knighted in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Tourism and the Tour De France Grand Départ 2014. He has also been named Yorkshire’s Man of the Year in 2014, Yorkshire and Humber IoD Director of the Year 2014 and received Yorkshire and Humber IoD’s Lifetime Achievement award.
Sir Gary has also been presented with honorary doctorates from the University of York, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds Beckett University; as well as receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters from York St John University, alongside Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.
Since his appointment as Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire in October 2008 he has
successfully raised the profile of Yorkshire at a regional, national and international level. Welcome to Yorkshire has won various national and international awards for its marketing campaigns.
Sir Gary is the Regional Chair of Yorkshire & Humberside Heritage Lottery Fund and also Chaired the Olympics for Yorkshire Committee.
His love of sport extends into his work; he is President of the world’s oldest cricket festival at
Scarborough and also on the Board of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
A passionate Yorkshireman, in his spare time Sir Gary is also an award-winning Dales sheep farmer and lives on a working farm near Leyburn.