Who is the OIA?

OIA Board of Directors

Our CEO works closely with the volunteer Board of Directors listed below, which is comprised of dedicated individuals from the outdoor recreation industry. They all give up their time freely for a common cause and bring many years of senior management experience and knowledge to the OIA.

The OIA Board of Directors are all volunteers, giving their time, travel and expenses all free of charge, in addition to their companies being fully paid OIA members.

  • Robert Louden MBE

    OIA Chair

    Director General, The Camping and Caravanning Club

  • Joanne Black

    OIA Vice Chair

    Director, Regatta Group

  • Lee Bagnall

    OIA Board Member

    CEO, JD Sports Outdoor Division Managing Director, Blacks Outdoor Retail Group

  • Robert Brigham

    OIA Board Member

    Managing Director, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports

  • Jackie Bryson

    OIA Board Member

    CEO, Mountain Training Trust and Plas y Brenin.

  • Hamish Dunn

    OIA Board Member

    Brand Director, Mountain Equipment

  • Nick Giles

    OIA Board Member

    Managing Director, Ordnance Survey Leisure

  • Matt Gowar

    OIA Board Member

    CEO, Equip Outdoor Technologies

  • Anthony Greasby

    OIA Board Member

    Managing Director, Countryside Ski & Climb.

  • Stephen Newlands

    OIA Board Member

    Managing Director, AMG Group

  • Greg Nieuwenhuys

    OIA Board Member

    CEO, Outdoor and Cycle Concepts (OC&C)

  • Corry Taylor

    OIA Board Member

    Managing Director, Bradshaw Taylor

Paddy Harrop
Head of Marketing, Forestry Commission England

The Forestry Commission are an active provider of multiple outdoor recreation projects to increase community participation in outdoor activity – from mountain bike trail centres to guided trail runs, from competitive adventure races to the family Gruffalo trails – we are certain much of our work contributes to the OIA’s mission to ‘Get Britain Active Outdoors’ . The OIA provides great opportunities for us to meet industry colleagues and learn from others. This is why we are members of the OIA, attend the OIA conferences and seminars, and enjoy working together on research and participation development.

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