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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Meet the Team


Team - Patrons - Trustees - Ambassadors and Advisers - Volunteers and Tutors


Bees for Development's work is carried out by our team of staff based in our offices in Monmouth, South Wales. 


Nicola Bradbear PhD


Nicola Bradbear - Director

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 Lowore

Janet Lowore MSc

Programme Manager Africa

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 Jackson

Helen Jackson BSc


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 Smith

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, 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 Wiercx van Rhijn

Project Manager

Milan has been driven by a passion for beekeeping since he was a young boy, running around at a bee market. He scaled down his semi-professional beekeeping to work full time making beekeeping a living for many others in the world.






Giacomo Ciriello

Project Manager

Giacomo recently submitted a doctoral thesis at the University of Bristol by the title: African bees lost in development buzz: Ethnography of an unrealistic evaluation for a charity project that kept top-bar hives up trees. He joined Bees for development in 2019, and is busy strengthening our monitoring and evaluation processes, and undertaking research to address our most pressing questions… but you are just as likely to find him in the shop making beeswax candles.


Donna Regan

Shop Manager / Trust Administrator

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 Lawson

Project Manager

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 Harrington

Head of Communications and Fundraising

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 Barlow PhD

Policy Advisor

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. 





Dot Ballantine

Project Accounts




Team - Patrons - Trustees - Ambassadors and Advisers - Volunteers and Tutors


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Registered Address: 1 Agincourt Street, Monmouth, NP25 3DZ, UK
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