UK’s trade Chair steps down after nine years
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Naidre Werner has stepped down after nine years as Chair of the Angling Trades Association, the representative body for the tackle industry in the UK.
Advanced talks are ongoing with Werner’s likely successor and an announcement – along with plans for the association’s future growth – are expected within the next few weeks.
Werner formally announced her decision at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), explaining that she intends to pursue a ‘third career’ by opening her second children’s home in the New Year.
“Naidre deserves a huge thank you for all she has done for the ATA and the trade,” said Robin Morley, Daiwa Deputy Managing Director and a long-standing ATA Board member. “If she had not stepped up to the plate in 2009 then it is doubtful the ATA would be here today.”
Werner has worked in the fishing trade since 1994, starting as Assistant Advertisement Manager at UK media company EMAP, where she rose to Advertisement Director, before becoming Managing Director at Nash Tackle and then setting up her own marketing agency.
“It has been an eventful nine years and I have had the pleasure of working with some great people,” said Werner, who has been a driving force in the ATA’s National Fishing Month, which has introduced thousands of people to angling.
“This is an exciting time for the ATA. It is essential the association grows its membership if it is to help the trade through the various issues it faces. A strong trade body is essential and I am confident the plans we have in place will get the additional support we have long needed.”
Werner will remain as Chairman of the Professional Anglers Association and will be available to advise over the transition period with her replacement at the ATA.