'I was co-opted on to the Board in August 2013 and elected to the Board at the AGM on 27th November 2013. A qualified accountant with over 35 years of experience working in local government finance, I joined the Board’s Finance Committee and have been Chair of the Finance Committee since December 2014. The past 3 years have seen the Trust’s budget double to over £1 million and I have been privileged to work with an excellent Finance team and Finance Committee to continue to improve the Trust’s financial management and reporting. The past 3 years have seen my interest in bumblebees become an obsession and my interest in the conservation of bumblebees, photography (of bumblebees) and gardening (for bumblebees) have become a perfect fit! I am indebted to all the BBCT staff and fellow Board members for a stimulating and enjoyable 3 years and, if re-elected, would be delighted to serve for a further term.'
“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”