The Board of Directors guide the work of the Federation. Each sector of membership elects its own director and these successful business people bring a wealth of experience to the strategic direction of the Federation. The remaining places on the Board are made up of high-ranking level professionals, co-opted on in order to provide a breadth of knowledge and skills.
The Pet Industry Federation Board of Directors currently comprises the following individuals:
Keith Aldis - Chairman
Keith is an independent trustee, non-executive director and business consultant with experience at the highest level of trade and membership bodies. Until recently, Keith was the Chief Executive of the global IT Service Management Forum (itSMF). He was previously the Chief Executive of the British Institute of Cleaning Science and was the Chairman of the SFIA Foundation, a body charged with developing and delivering an open-source skills framework for the information age, operating in the IT industry and across 100 countries.
Paul Bousfield is Chief Executive of Armitage Pet Care, a major manufacturer and distributor of pet accessories, treats and food under the brand names of Good Boy, Good Girl, Rotastak, Wafcol and Gussie for fish. Paul joined Armitage in 2009 and has overseen considerable investment in the manufacturing capabilities of the business in the past four years. Previously he was the Business Manager for Bostik UK commercial business where he was responsible for a number of key acquisitions and created brand leadership in its main operating sectors. Paul lives near Newark in Nottinghamshire and is a keen Leicester Tigers supporter.
Dave initially started his pet career in 1982 working as a stores person for a local retailer. In 1986, at the age of 20, he started a pet food delivery service and opened his first pet store in 1988. Dave then built a property portfolio and managed some pet stores for other people, before opening the first of his six Ark Pet Centre stores in 1996. In addition to these, the Ark now runs an internet business called The Pet Express. He currently employs 70 staff.
Having gained valuable retail experience at Safeway,
Following a highly successful career in mechanical engineering and project management within the aerospace & automotive industries Sean is now joint owner of Springfield, a quality boarding kennel, cattery and grooming business based in Gloucestershire. He is Treasurer of Southern Counties, one of the country’s premier Championship Dog Shows and also Financial Director of the Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council (PETbc). He is a member of the Kennel Club, judges at Championship level and is partner of the top winning Lireva Show Dogs.
Maeve qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Dublin in 1990 and spent 10 years working in the Peak District in small animal practice, then moving on to work as a veterinary advisor for a pet product manufacturer. Maeve is now Head of Pets for Pets at Home and is involved in all areas of health and welfare.
Dave qualified at Liverpool University with a degree in Zoology and a PhD in Fish Disease. He worked for Tetra for over 25 years, initially in marketing and sales management roles, but being responsible for the management of the business in the UK and South Africa since 2003. He is on the Board of Directors of OATA and Chairman of the OATA Impact Board of Directors, which delivers the successful AQUA exhibitions.