Six directors were welcomed to the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) board at the trade association\u2019s AGM.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBallot papers were sent to all OATA members and the final count was taken at the AGM held on Wednesday October 17, which led to six people being voted onto the board. These were Pete Carey from Pets at Home, Mark Evenden from Devotedly Discus, Neil Hardy from Neil Hardy Aquatica, Pete Smith from Aquasense (UK), Paul West from TMC and Ben Windeat from Pets Choice.\r\n\r\nKevin 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.\r\n\r\nOATA chief executive Dominic Whitmee said: \u201cI\u2019d 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.\u201d\r\n\r\nNew board member Pete Smith from Aquasense (UK) had previously enjoyed a \u2018New Blood\u2019 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.\r\n\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. The complete OATA board of directors is now made up of:\r\n\r\n \tJames Allison, Aquapic Solutions\r\n \tKevin Barton, ALF (Aquatic Distributors)\r\n \tPete Carey, Pets at Home\r\n \tRobert Edgecock, Independent Aquatic Imports\r\n \tMark Evenden, Devotedly Discus\r\n \tCaroline Everett, Anglo Aquatic Plants Co\r\n \tNeil Hardy, Neil Hardy Aquatica\r\n \tSimon Langdale, Maidenhead Aquatics\r\n \tPhilip Lawton, Kidsgrove Tropicals\r\n \tRuth Low, Gordon Low Products\r\n \tDavid Pool, FishScience\r\n \tKevin Rose, Lynchford Aquatics\r\n \tPete Smith, Aquasense (UK)\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\r\nMembers interested in finding out more about how OATA\u2019s Board works can put themselves as New Blood. Those who want to know more are encouraged to ring OATA on 01373 301353.