Our patrons are very important to us, both in the personal commitments they make to our work, and also as “connectors”, who can get our message out to a broad range of interested people and potential supporters.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has agreed to become a patron of Bees Abroad, the charity seeking to reduce poverty in developing countries worldwide through beekeeping.
“I am delighted to lend my support to Bees Abroad by becoming a patron,” said the Archbishop. “Through its imaginative and wholly practical work, the charity promotes the skills of beekeeping in a way that empowers and educates the communities in which it operates. In investing in people in some of the poorest and under-developed areas, Bees Abroad creates opportunities for this local enterprise to flourish at a sustainable and manageable level. I am sure that those who are trained in beekeeping under Bees Abroad’s guidance and encouragement will find it an interesting and satisfying experience. I send my best wishes to all involved with the charity in whatever role.”
John Home, chairman of Bees Abroad said, “I am delighted that Justin Welby has agreed to become a Patron. His awareness of the challenges that are faced in the developing countries and his understanding about how the work of Bees Abroad can help small communities improve their lives is an asset to our organisation. He joins the team of our existing patrons whose support we much value in the work that we do using indigenous bees and techniques appropriate to the local environment”.
Master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers
We are very pleased to welcome the Master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers as Patron. The Wax Chandlers date from in 1371 when trading in bee’s wax was big business. Today’s members are generally people of status and influence. They maintain a close link with the world of beekeeping.
BBC presenter of the Radio 4’s World at One and Newsnight Review. A dedicated apiarist herself, Martha fronted a BBC4 documentary about the desperate plight of the bee: Who Killed The Honey Bee?, which aired in April 2009. We are delighted and honoured that Martha Kearney has agreed to become a Patron for our Charity. Martha is Presenter of The World At One on Radio Four and Newsnight Review on BBC2, Martha has developed a reputation as one of the BBC’s most respected political journalists. Amongst many other activities, she blogs on the trials and tribulations of beekeeping for the Women’s Institute, and is a regular tweeter.
Michael Badger, MBE
Michael has been actively involved with beekeeping since a childhood. He has been involved in all spheres of beekeeping: he has been the National President of the British Beekeepers’ Association and its Chairman. He was Chairman (twice) of the Yorkshire Beekeepers’ Association and its General Secretary and is The Yorksh
ire Agricultural Society’s representative to the Yorkshire Beekeepers’ Association. He has been the Chief Honey Steward at the Gt. Yorkshire Show for over twenty years and a Senior Honey Judge for many years, participating at all the top agricultural shows in the British Isles. He was awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List for Services to the British Beekeeping Industry in 2003, and instigated the Bee Craft event at the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, from which BA a donation.
Out of beekeeping Michael is a Director of an Environmental Management Consultancy and a publishing house. He his married to Hilary and they have three children.
Adam Hart is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire and an enthusiast of social insects – in other words he has a love for those insects that live together, like ants, some wasps and of course honeybees. He studied honeybee behaviour as part of his PhD at the University of Sheffield and has studied honeybees in Mexico and Brazil as well as the UK. He has long been involved in science communication, and as well as talks and festivals Adam has been a regular broadcaster, including recently co-presenting BBC2’s Hive Alive series with Martha Kearney, and presenting On the Trail of the American Honeybee for BBC Radio 4. Adam has been involved with Bees Abroad in the past, including a brief stint as a Bees Abroad trip leader, showing beekeepers the honeybees and stingless bees of the Yucatan.
Adam said:“I am delighted to become a patron of Bees Abroad. I have seen first-hand the difference that bees make in so many communities and I know that Bees Abroad makes a huge difference to the people it helps. I feel privileged to be a part of such a vibrant charity”.
B J Sheriff
Brian Sherriff and his daughter Angela are great supporters of Bees Abroad. When he is not orchestrating his business supplying beesuits, beekeeping starter kits, supplying books and honey cosmetics, Brian finds time to act as a Bees Abroad patron.
Eric Hiam of Maisemore Apiaries has been a supporter for several years, and helps us out with, amongst many things, our raffle prizes.