Trade Organisations

OATA welcomes new board directors 

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed three new directors to its board. The new members were welcomed to the group at its latest Annual General Meeting held 

Ballot papers were sent to all OATA members prior to the meeting, and the final count was taken at the AGM on 14 October. 

Laura Carlin from EcoMarines, Brian Schaff from TMC and Ian Paton from Pets at Home were all voted onto the board following the ballot. 

The ballot also confirmed the return of Pete Carey as an OATA director in his new position with CASCO, having previously stepped down when he departed Pets at Home.

In addition, Matt Stevensen of Seneye has taken over as chair after Kevin Rose from Lynchford Aquatics stepped down following a two-year stint in the position. 

Rose remains as outgoing vice chair, while Carey takes on the role of incoming vice chair.

OATA’s board of directors is made up of 18 people who represent the industry, including wholesalers and manufacturers as well as importers, pond and aquarium consultants and retailers.

OATA CEO Dominic Whitmee said: “It’s great to see some new faces on the board who will bring their expertise to helping the trade association over the coming years. 

“We have big issues to tackle over the coming year, from the continuing impacts of Covid-19 and the UK’s departure from the EU to the increasing pressures to limit wildlife trade, so our directors will certainly be kept busy.”

He added: “I would like to thank Kevin Rose for his two-year stint as Chair and welcome Matt who has taken his 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.

“Paul West of TMC, Mark Evenden of Devotedly Discus and Ruth Low of Gordon Low have also stepped down after long periods on the board and I would especially like to thank them all for their time supporting OATA.”

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