I spent all of my working life in education. I am a Physics graduate and went into teaching after completing my teaching qualifications. I spent a short time working in secondary schools in Oxfordshire before moving to Botswana where I worked in local schools in Gaborone and Francistown before being recruited to work at the University of Botswana lecturing on B.Ed. and B.Ed. Nursing courses. After 9 years in Botswana I returned to the UK and continued to teach, becoming Head of Science and also working for University of Reading on their science teacher training course. On my return to the UK when my daughters were older I became a volunteer canoe coach and a DoE leader. As a result of these activities I lead a gold DoE expedition to Canada.

My beekeeping began when my daughter kept asking for a hand with her bees. As I learned more I decided I would do an introductory course and get some bees and I have not looked back - I am hooked. I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to learn as much as possible by working alongside more experienced beekeepers, attending events and lectures and participating in training activities. I assist in the training and mentoring of beekeepers in my own association and run modular study groups. I have been the Education Officer for Reading Beekeepers Association for several years and in that time many more members have taken their Basic and taken Modular exams as a result of the training offered. I am at a point where I am hoping to do my Advanced Husbandry and become a Master Beekeeper. I want to use my time as trustee to encourage lifelong learning amongst beekeepers and to encourage more young people to take up beekeeping. I will work hard to support BBKA activities and initiatives.

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