14 November 2016
The aquatic industry trade body has welcomed a new director to its Board, following its annual general meeting held in November.
Matt Stevenson (pictured above), of Seneye, joined five other directors who were voted back onto the board at the AGM.
The trade association also said goodbye to Peter Wheeler, of Aquajardin, who has stepped down after more than 20 years on the board.
OATA Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee said: “We were sad to say goodbye to Peter Wheeler who has been on the board since OATA was set up in 1991 which really shows huge commitment to this industry. And we’re very pleased to welcome Matt to the Board, who has been seeing what we do through our New Blood scheme.”
Ruth Low of Gordon Low Products Ltd has also taken over the Chair from Devotedly Discus’ Mark Evenden while Kevin Rose of Lynchford Aquatics has become Vice Chair.
The other returning Board members are James Allison, of Aquapic Solutions, Robert Edgecock of Independent Aquatic Imports Ltd, Simon Langdale of Maidenhead Aquatics, Kevin Rose of Lynchford Aquatics, and Andrew Stagg of NT Laboratories 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
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
Matt Stevenson, Seneye
Paul West, Tropical Marine Centre
Ben Windeatt, Pets Choice
Mark Winter, Aqua Pacific UK Ltd
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 301352.