As reported in The Compass 18 of Oct. 8, the British Outdoor Industries Association has incorporated its organization as a Limited company under British law. The British OIA now has elected a new board of directors to fully represent the U.K. outdoor industry with members from across the sectors.
The new board is made up of transfers from the former OIA council, including the co-opted representatives. Additionally, the new board has appointed Sarah Wilson, the marketing director of Berghaus, as well as Ken Reeve, in charge of buying and merchandising at Cotswold, the big specialty retailer.
Frank Bennett stepped down from his position as chairman of the board during the difficult period of transition of the organization over the past few years. The new chairman – unanimously elected – is Corry Taylor, the managing director of Bradshaw Taylor. The company is U.K. distributor for brands such as Icebreaker, Keen, Schöffel, Mountain Hardwear and Royal Robbins. The new vice chairman is Chris Tiso from Tiso Group, the big Scottish specialty retailer with 11 shops in Scotland, one in Newcastle and one in Belfast. He is also the former employer of Louise Ramsay, who is now acting as OIA’s chief executive.
Other board members are managers from Ichy Feet, the retailer, the U.K. operations of W.L. Gore and Haglöfs. Other members are Sub Zero; Lyon Equipment, the local distributor of Petzl; Beal; Ortlieb; Exped; and La Sportiva. Additional board members are Mark Held of the European Outdoor Group, and representatives of the Camping and Caravanning Club and of HF Holidays, a local tour operator.