News Oata Welcomes New Member To Board



OATA welcomes new member to board
18th October 2018

By Sandra Pearce

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has confirmed its board of directors for the next year, welcoming one new director.

New board member Pete Smith from Aquasense (UK) had previously enjoyed a ‘New Blood’ position on the board, which gives interested OATA members the opportunity to attend board meetings with a view to putting themselves forward as potential directors in the future.

Richard Maude of Pedigree Wholesale continues for another year in this role.

Kevin Rose of Lynchford Aquatics has taken over as chair after Ruth Low of Gordon Low Products stepped down after the usual two-year stint at the helm. Matt Stevenson of Seneye becomes the new vice chair.

OATA chief executive Dominic Whitmee said: “I’d like to thank Ruth for her two-year stint as chair and welcome Kevin who has taken her place.

“Our Board is made up of a wide range of business people from companies which represent the whole industry and I appreciate the time they give to OATA to help us with our work. We also have to thank Mark Winter of Aqua Pacific for all his help and support as he leaves the Board after six years.”

OATA’s Board of Directors is made up of 18 people who represent the whole of the industry, from wholesalers and manufacturers to importers, pond and aquarium consultants and retailers.  The complete OATA Board of Directors is now made up of:

James Allison, Aquapic Solutions
Kevin Barton, ALF (Aquatic Distributors)
Pete Carey, Pets at Home
Robert Edgecock, Independent Aquatic Imports
Mark Evenden, Devotedly Discus
Caroline Everett, Anglo Aquatic Plants Co
Neil Hardy, Neil Hardy Aquatica
Simon Langdale, Maidenhead Aquatics
Philip Lawton, Kidsgrove Tropicals
Ruth Low, Gordon Low Products
David Pool, FishScience
Kevin Rose, Lynchford Aquatics
Pete Smith, Aquasense (UK)
Dr Donna Snellgrove, Mars Petcare
Matt Stevenson, Seneye
Simon Strode, Spectrum Brands Tetra
Paul West, Tropical Marine Centre
Ben Windeatt, Pets Choice

Members interested in finding out more about how OATA’s Board works can put themselves as New Blood. If you want to know more about this, then ring OATA on 01373 301353.