Meet the team

Staff

Nicola Bradbear PhD

Nicola Bradbear is an internationally recognised expert in apicultural development. After working at the International Bee Research Association for many years, she established the independent organisation Bees for Development in 1993. Nicola is President of the Apimondia Standing Commission for Beekeeping for Rural Development.

Helen Jackson BSc

Helen is the Co-ordinator at Bees for Development, ensuring the smooth running of the organisation. She has twenty years' experience of providing information on beekeeping and development, and running courses and conferences on the subject. Working with Nicola since 1986, together they founded Bees for Development in 1993.

Janet Lowore MSc

Janet worked in Africa for twelve years prior to joining Bees for Development in 2005. Her background is social forestry and she has worked in research and as a consultant. Her area of interest is value chain analysis, market mapping and market access for the poor and she develops a range of information resources on these topics. She is currently researching the link between sustainable forest management and forest beekeeping in Africa.

Martin Jones MSc

Martin has an MSc in International Politics, BA in Economics and speaks fluent French.  Before joining BfD, taking the role of Project Officer, he established his own grass-roots tree-planting programme in Cameroon that promoted rural livelihoods, encouraged apiculture and helped tackle climate change.  He also has experience working with a number of AMs and MPs and carried the Olympic Torch during the London 2012 Olympics.

Cindy Smith FCCA

Cindy is a qualified accountant now semi-retired following a career spent mainly in NHS Finance, particularly the Ambulance Service. Now living near Ross-on-Wye, she is a director of the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co Ltd based at Broome Farm where she also keeps a small herd of alpacas.

Catrin Collins BSc

Catrin is the Trust Administrator at Bees for Development, responsible for receiving donations and fundraising income as well as the smooth running of the office. 

Monica Barlow PhD

Monica volunteers her help on a regular basis and tackles tasks such as promotion, fundraising, editing and project development. One of her principal areas of interest is permaculture and she has been working to integrate ideas of sustainable beekeeping into permaculture practice.

Volunteers

Keith Allen  - Supplies his own honey for sale in the shop and helps in the shop on a regular basis

Gareth Baker - Local commercial beekeeper who supports Bees for Development with shows, training events and gives beekeeping and honey trade advice

Gina Edmond - Resource box coordinator and helps in the shop on a regular basis - particularly in sourcing new and interesting bee-themed gifts to interest our customers

Hugh Gorton PhD - A retired food scientist and living in Monmouthshire, Hugh is keen to encourage the wellbeing of bees and other pollinating species. To this end he has sown a swathe of  his garden with late summer meadow flowers and has developed another area as a spring heather garden. He helps Bees for Development answer enquiries and with database management.

John Harris - A retired steel engineer John helps with DIY, premises maintenance and moving heavy boxes more frequently than he would like! Advises on health and safety.

John Rees - Our Volunteer Shop Manager and Apiary Adviser John keeps our shop in order and well-stocked with beekeeping supplies. He is a knowledgeable beekeeper ready to give beekeeping advice to our customers. He helps manage Bees for Development's apiary at Ragman's Lane Farm.

Monica Sims - Monica is a local beekeeper. She makes beeswax candles, and she is also interested in printing art. She regularly helps in our shop.