I am a retired chest surgeon and my GP thought that our two acre garden would be an excellent location for hives but did not tell us that they were in Dadant Hives. So we enrolled on the beginners course in 2001.
The bees eventually arrived and we were left to fend for ourselves. The hives were riddled with wax moth and took a long time to sort out. In recent years, I try to enter exhibits in the shows and have been moderately successful at local, county and national level.
As President I would like to encourage all members to ‘have a go’ and enter the shows, especially those in their first productive season i.e. year two of beekeeping.
I was born in Australia, living in the UK for many years and have dual citizenship. I have been beekeeping since 2011. I keep my colonies in my garden and a nearby allotment and I am passionate about all things bees. I’m interested in the science of the bees and I have studied the BBKA modules, I also enjoy going to the shows, talking about bees with the public. I am interested in making things with honey and wax, such as cakes and candles and also took a course in encaustic art. As Chairman of the club I want us all to enjoy our beekeeping and have fun.
I came to bee keeping by accident when someone asked if they could keep bees in my woodland and so signed up for the beginner’s course. I passed my Basic Assessment in 2017. I have three colonies and want to be a good beekeeper rather than the most studious.
I am fascinated by bee behaviour. I have had many diverse jobs but my main work was in organising major events for a consultancy company which honed my attention to detail and allowed me to travel and stay in some of the world's top hotels. I currently work as a Production Manager, with my producer/director boss on projects such as videos to enhance websites, music videos and we have entered a few drama competitions.