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Royal Canin introduces new look packaging to Breed range
PetSafe Brand firm acquires pet travel product business
Barking Heads picks up national dog-friendly award
Lily's Kitchen enhances its ethical credentials
Natures Menu receives food safety recognition
Veterinary reveal of new Indoor Rabbit Food met with positive reception
YuMOVE will sponsor ITV’s ‘For the Love of Dogs’
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Top prize for dog food company at rural business awards
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Dog dies after eating ‘treat’ bought from pet shop
Inspired Pet Nutrition appoints Group Operations Director
OATA AGM confirms Directors for the next year
CSJ launches CP All-Rounder – a kibble to suit all breeds
Westwood Vets opens new Garforth branch
Devon firm launches vegan-friendly dog treat
PawTrax launches 4th generation Halo GPS Cat Collar
Pet franchise invests in its future
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Innovative pet products wanted for new TV series
Unipet named winner of business award
Pet product entrepreneur wins national exporter award
Marion Stinton retires after 37 years in the pet trade
Shortlist announced for Pet Industry Federation Awards
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OATA AGM confirms Directors for the next year


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


Ballot 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) Ltd, Paul West from TMC and Ben Windeat from Pets Choice.


Kevin Rose of Lynchford Aquatics has taken over as Chair after Ruth Low of Gordon Low Products Ltd stepped down after the usual two-year stint at the helm. Matt Stevenson of Seneye becomes the new Vice Chair.


OATA Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee said: “I’d 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 Ltd for all his help and support as he leaves the Board after six years.”


New board member Pete Smith from Aquasense (UK) Ltd had previously enjoyed a ‘New Blood’ 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 Ltd continues for another year in this role.


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
  • Caroline Everett, Anglo Aquatic Plants Co 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
  • Pete Smith, Aquasense (UK) Ltd
  • Dr Donna Snellgrove, Mars Petcare 
  • Matt Stevenson, Seneye
  • Simon Strode, Spectrum Brands Tetra 
  • Paul West, Tropical Marine Centre
  • Ben Windeatt, Pets Choice

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 301353.

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