Howard Pridding, CEO of UK industry body British Marine, is to step down from his position at the end of June after five-and-a-half years in the role.

Pridding held a variety of positions at British Marine for over 27 years and was made CEO in October 2012. He has now taken the decision to seek new opportunities.

“It has been a privilege to work within this great industry for such a long time, but the time is now right for the organisation and myself to look to the future," says Pridding. "I feel proud to have been part of the fantastic team at British Marine who do so much to support member companies and to have worked with many great people over the last 27 years. I wish British Marine well and look forward to pursuing new opportunities.”

British Marine president David Pougher described Pridding as a loyal and respected servant of British Marine and the industry for over two-and-a-half decades. "His breadth of skill and knowledge has often been relied upon to support, protect or promote our organisation and its members,” he says.

“I have personally witnessed, on so many occasions, his will and tenacity to get the maximum benefit for our industry, our organisation and our members. Howard has regularly illustrated his ability to engage with other interested parties and deliver the British Marine message. He has repeatedly done this efficiently and with the necessary gravitas, enabling British Marine to be observed, heard and respected.

“We sincerely wish him well in all that he chooses to do in the future and are grateful for his support and guidance over many years.”

The British Marine board is looking to appoint a successor before Pridding departs at the end of June.