David Pougher, president of UK industry association British Marine, has agreed to undertake the role of interim managing director until a new appointee is recruited to replace Howard Pridding.

The move comes just months after Pridding announced that he would be stepping down at the end of June after five-and-a-half years in the role.

Pougher, whose marine industry career spans 40-plus years, will serve for a minimum of six months to ensure a smooth transition.

“British Marine continues its path through a period of change and it is vitally important that we maintain our levels of service for members, acknowledge the skill, passion and ability of our staff and maintain our focus on key issues,” says Pougher.

“We move forward with a committed and professional management team at Marine House and I am looking forward to working with all of the British Marine family in supporting our members. We have an exciting course to navigate and it must remain our intention to further lift the value of British Marine membership to current and new members.”

Pougher will commence his new role as interim managing director on Monday, May 21. President elect, Greg Munford, will assume the role of acting president until the British Marine AGM on July 17.