12 November 2015

Six directors were welcomed back to the OATA Board at the trade association’s Annual General Meeting.

Each year six directors stand down from the Board and this year an additional four people – Barry Allday from The Goldfish Bowl, Lester Bunce from Mars Fishcare, Matthew Stevenson from Seneye and Simon Strode from Tetra – put themselves forward for a place on the board, sparking an election.

“It’s really good to see people putting themselves forward for the board and we always welcome nominations because we are very keen for businesses to become more involved in what we do,” said OATA Chief Executive Keith Davenport.

Ballot papers were sent to all OATA members and the final count was taken at the AGM on Wednesday November 11, which led to six people being voted back onto the board. These were Pete Carey from Pets at Home, Ruth Low from Gordon Low Products, Paul West from TMC, Peter Wheeler from Aquajardin, Ben Windeatt from Pets Choice and Mark Winter from Aqua Pacific UK Ltd.

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) Ltd
Pete Carey, Pets at Home
Robert Edgecock, Independent Aquatic Imports Ltd
Mark Evenden, Devotedly Discus Ltd (Chair)
Jane Flaherty, JMC Aquatics Ltd
Richard Hale, Berry Ring Herpetological and Aquatics Supplies Ltd
Neil Hardy, Neil Hardy Aquatica Ltd
Simon Langdale, Maidenhead Aquatics
Philip Lawton, Kidsgrove Tropicals
Ruth Low, Gordon Low Products Ltd
David Pool, FishScience
Kevin Rose, Lynchford Aquatics Ltd
Andrew Stagg, NT Laboratories Ltd
Paul West, Tropical Marine Centre
Peter Wheeler, Aquajardin Ltd
Ben Windeatt, Pets Choice
Mark Winter, Aqua Pacific UK Ltd