The aquatic industry trade body, OATA, has welcomed three new directors to its Board, following its annual general meeting held in November.\r\nCaroline Everett of Anglo Aquatic Plants, Dr Donna Snellgrove of Mars Petcare and Simon Strode of Tetra will now attend board meetings.\r\nThe vacancies were created when the trade association said goodbye to three directors \u2013 Jane Flaherty of JMC Aquatics, Richard Hale of Berry Ring Aquatics, and Andy Stagg of NT Labs \u2013 who have all stood down over the past year.\r\nOATA Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee said: \u201cWe were sad to say goodbye to so many stalwarts of the board. Between them they have given many years of voluntary service to our board for which we are very grateful. But it\u2019s an opportunity to welcome fresh faces to the board and we\u2019re sure this new trio will bring new ideas and perspectives to the table.\u201d\r\nRuth Low of Gordon Low Products Ltd continues as Chair with Kevin Rose of Lynchford Aquatics as Vice Chair. The board also welcomed Richard Maude from Pedigree Wholesale Ltd and Peter Smith from Aquasense (UK) Ltd as \u2018new blood\u2019. This system gives interested OATA members the opportunity to sit in on board meetings with a view to putting themselves forward as potential Directors in the future.\r\nOATA\u2019s 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.\u00a0 The complete OATA Board of Directors is now made up of:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tJames Allison, Aquapic Solutions\r\n \tKevin Barton, ALF (Aquatic Distributors) Ltd\r\n \tPete Carey, Pets at Home\r\n \tRobert Edgecock, Independent Aquatic Imports Ltd\r\n \tMark Evenden, Devotedly Discus Ltd\r\n \tCaroline Everett, Anglo Aquatic Plants Co Ltd\r\n \tNeil Hardy, Neil Hardy Aquatica Ltd\r\n \tSimon Langdale, Maidenhead Aquatics\r\n \tPhilip Lawton, Kidsgrove Tropicals\r\n \tRuth Low, Gordon Low Products Ltd\r\n \tDavid Pool, FishScience\r\n \tKevin Rose, Lynchford Aquatics Ltd\r\n \tDr Donna Snellgrove, Mars Petcare\r\n \tMatt Stevenson, Seneye\r\n \tSimon Strode, Spectrum Brands Tetra\r\n \tPaul West, Tropical Marine Centre\r\n \tBen Windeatt, Pets Choice\r\n \tMark Winter, Aqua Pacific UK Ltd\r\n\r\nMembers interested in finding out more about how OATA\u2019s Board works can put themselves forward as New Blood. If you want to know more about this then ring OATA on 01373 301353.