New Chairman for the OIA

During the recent OIA Conference & AGM on the 13th and 14th March, it was announced that Robert Louden MBE was stepping down from his role as Chairman of the OIA after a three year period. Over the years Robert has helped the association grow into the positive and impactful industry body it is today and will continue to serve on the main board for the foreseeable future.

Robert’s successor is Robert Brigham, Managing Director of the snowsports and outdoor retail chain Ellis Brigham who was unanimously voted in by the membership as the new Chairman at the AGM on 13th March. Robert took over the reins of the family business eight years ago and has helped steer the retailer through some challenging times.

Commenting on his appointment, Robert said, “I am very much looking forward to building on the great work already completed by my predecessor, Robert Louden, and the rest of the OIA board.
The outdoor industry is facing many challenges and opportunities ahead, it is reassuring to know that we have a very strong trade association and I was pleased to see so many representatives from different aspects of the industry including brands, suppliers, retailers and partners at the recent OIA conference. The OIA has developed a strong voice for the industry and it is important that we maintain our high profile and work with our partners on our mission to encourage more people to become active outdoors. Having worked all my life in the outdoor industry I am honoured to take on the Chairman’s role and keen to play my part in contributing to the overall success of the OIA in the future.”

Robert was literally born into the outdoor industry. He started his outdoor career as a teenager selling ski boots, qualified as a ski technician by the age of 16 and over the years has worked in almost every position within the family retail chain, Ellis Brigham.