YorkshireAwards 17.10.2014 Leeds_England
YorkshireAwards 17.10.2014 Leeds_England

Man of the Year Award 2014

Gary Verity

Since his appointment as Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire in October 2008, Gary Verity has successfully raised the profile of Yorkshire at a national and international level.

Attracting over 200 million visits a year, tourism in Yorkshire is around £7 billion and Gary is working with tourism businesses, councils and other partners to grow the county’s visitor economy and make Yorkshire a leading destination.

A dynamic and motivational leader, Gary has an excellent track record in brand building and managing complex businesses. After 18 years with Royal Insurance, he built a reputation for turning around failing businesses.

A passionate Yorkshireman, Gary is an award-winning Dales sheep farmer and lives on a working farm near Leyburn. Since his late wife Helen was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2004 he has raised more than £400,000 for cancer charities. Gary continues to raise money for their chosen charities.

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