It is with sadness that IBI learnt recently of the death of David Hough.

David joined the forerunner of British Marine, the Ship and Boatbuilders Federation, in the late 1960s. He worked for the industry’s longest-serving chief executive, Tom Webb, on a variety of Federation activities including arranging early Congresses of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO).

He was responsible for developing the UK boating industry’s export activities, including British Overseas Trade Board supported joint stands at boat shows in the USA and Europe and trade missions to several countries which often included IBI staff. He earned the respect and friendship of show organisers and government officials in the UK and abroad.

Transferring to the National Boat Shows team, under Alan Jones, he progressed to become its managing director with responsibility for the London and Southampton shows. He managed the expansion of the London show into Earls Court 2 and the investment in expanded land sites and pontoons at the Southampton show. In addition, he personally led the initiative to start the British Marine Trade Show in Brighton, which grew and moved to Sandown Park Racecourse.

In the 1990s David left the Federation and joined the Country Landowners Association to take over responsibility for managing and developing the world-renowned Game Fair. The Game Fair moves venues around the UK and David was responsible for its growth and development. In 2001, at very short notice, he relocated the whole fair to a location that was not restricted by “foot and mouth regulations”. This was a lifeline for many exhibitors.

David was respected by all with whom he worked for his calm, fair and energetic management and good relations with his customers.

His family are planning a celebration of his life. Friends from the boating industry will be most welcome. Details will be published by British Marine.