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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Bees for Development's work is carried out by our team of staff based in our offices in Monmouth, South Wales.
Nicola Bradbear is an expert in apicultural development. Having worked at the International Bee Research Association and the Bee Research Unit of Cardiff University, Nicola founded Bees for Development in 1993. Nicola works as Apiculture Advisor and Consultant to UN and other international organisations, and has worked in more than fifty countries of Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and Central and South America. Nicola has instigated numerous apiculture development activities, including trade, policy, research and technical aspects of apiculture, feasibility studies, training and market analysis. Nicola is elected President of Apimondia's Scientific Commission for Beekeeping for Rural Development. Nearer to home, Nicola is of course a beekeeper, as well as President of her local Gwent Beekeepers' Association.
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.
Helen is the Co-ordinator at Bees for Development, ensuring the smooth running of the organisation. Working with Nicola since 1986, firstly at IBRA and from the inception of Bees for Development, Helen has thirty years' experience of providing information on beekeeping and development, preparing Bees for Development Journal, and running courses and conferences.
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, Cindy is a Director of Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co Ltd based at Broome Farm, where she also keeps a small herd of alpacas.
Milan expertly ensures our website is always up and running efficiently. He is Bees for Development's tech guru!
Beth is responsible for the day to day running of the office as well as managing web based information, communication technologies and in-house design and publicity materials.
Cyrene helps supporters with any inquiries they have, designs artwork for Bees for Development and photographs many of our events and Courses.
She is also Chairperson of Bee Friendly Monmouthshire and regularly volunteers in collaboration with both organisations.
Donna is responsible for sourcing and displaying unique and hand crafted items in our shop as well as office administration and receipt of donations for Bees for Development Trust
She arranges the most inspirational and eye catching window displays here in our shop in Monmouth, South Wales.
Sean spent four years in Rwanda working with beekeepers and bee product making artisans prior to joining Bees for Development in 2019. His background is in social enterprise management and sustainable development, with a focus on 'adding value' to beekeeper's honey and beeswax. He works closely with Janet and Bees for Development partners to manage some of the various sustainable development initiatives that Bees for Development is undertaking in Africa. He's married with two boys and is a beekeeper himself.
Richard joined Bees For Development from a UK-based environmental organisation, having helped it build from small beginnings to achieve results with high profile projects and campaigns. Actually a marine biologist by background, Richard has written many articles and books including How to Live Plastic Free. He doesn't yet keep bees.
Monica supports Bees for Development's work and progress in many ways, particularly concerning our Policy and Strategic development. Monica volunteers her help on a regular basis and tackles tasks such as promotion, fundraising, editing and project development. Monica is one of our tutors on our Courses at Ragman's Lane Farm.
Another of Monica's principal areas of interest is permaculture and she has been working to integrate ideas of sustainable beekeeping into permaculture practice.