Mark Oaten CEO of the International Fur Trade Federation, former Lib Dem MP

Mark Oaten became CEO of the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF) – - in 2011 after a career in politics.

Formed over 60 years ago, the IFTF protects the fur trade’s interests, promotes innovation and high standards and presents a factual image of the fur industry.

Mark was a UK Member of Parliament for 13 years and served for four years as a member of the Council of Europe. During his time in Parliament he was Liberal Democrat Party Chairman and the Shadow Home Secretary. He served on a number of boards including the British Healthcare Trade Association, Alcohol Concern, Mental Health Matters, the prison Charity Unlock, the Council for Administration and a Director of the Charity Finance Directors Group.

He lectured at Wroxton College in Oxford and was a regular broadcaster for Sky and BBC TV.

Following his retirement from active politics, Oaten published two books, one on the history of coalition governments and the other a memoir entitled Screwing Up: How One MP Survived Politics, Scandal and Turning 40.

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