OIA announces changes to the Board of Directors

OIA announces changes to the Board of Directors

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) has announced details of changes to its board. After completing a full term as OIA chairman, Corry Taylor will step down from the role on 31 March. He will remain on the board. During a full meeting of the board on 11 March, Stephen Newlands was nominated as new OIA chairman and this was confirmed during the OIA AGM later on the same day, to take effect from the start of April. Through the same process, Hamish Dunn was co-opted onto the board, replacing Michelle Dickinson, who has resigned as she is moving to a job outside the outdoor industry.

Corry Taylor joined the OIA board in 2009 and has played a key role in managing the development of the association during the last four years. Taylor recruited chief executive Andrew Denton and together they mapped out the future strategic direction of the association, with plans that are now coming to fruition in terms of membership growth and national profile and influence. Michelle Dickinson has resigned her directorship at the OIA, due to the fact the she is starting a new job in the Garden and Homeware division of Burton McCall.

Stephen Newlands has been managing director of the AMG Group since October 2002. He is a keen cyclist and skier, regularly spending what leisure time he can spare in the Scottish mountains. Newlands is also an ex-trainer for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors, an ISIA ski Instructor, and general all round outdoor enthusiast. He joined the OIA board in September 2011.

Stephen Newlands comments:
“I would like to pay tribute to Corry Taylor and thank him for the great contribution he has made to the OIA during his time as chairman. Corry has offered experience, wisdom, enthusiasm and plenty of enterprise to the association and deserves much credit for the progress that has been made. I look forward to his continued input as a board member. Similarly, Michelle Dickinson has been a very valuable member of the board and we are sorry to see her leave. We wish her all the very best in her new role.

“Looking forward, this year is going to be crucial for both the OIA and our trade as a whole, as we all continue to operate in an uncertain economic climate. The work that the association is doing to both support its members – small and large – and promote outdoor activities and our sector to a wider audience, is vital and of huge value. As an existing board member, I am already excited about the plans that the OIA has, and now as chairman I will relish the opportunity to work with my colleagues to deliver those.”

Taking the place of Michelle Dickinson on the OIA board is Hamish Dunn, brand director of Mountain Equipment. Dunn has spent 13 years at Mountain Equipment, following a successful career as buying director at Field & Trek. He brings a wealth of international outdoor experience and is a well known figure in the trade.

OIA chief executive Andrew Denton comments:
“With a combination of continuity and new names, the OIA board is populated by high profile and high calibre individuals who represent a wide cross section of the outdoor sector. Stephen and Hamish bring great experience to their respective roles on the board and both are very well known and respected figures in our industry. As we continue to build our influence as an association and deliver dynamic and high impact projects such as Britain on Foot, the input of everyone on the board is going to be valuable and vital.”