People

We have a committed and enthusiastic Board of Trustees who bring a variety of skills and a wealth experience to the table, and make bold decisions to take the Association forward in a new and exciting direction.  The one feature common to all is that they keep bees! 

Christine Craig

Chair

I was always interested in honey bees, but circumstances, location and time, dictated that keeping bees was not possible. Then 8 years ago we were blessed with being able to build a house on my parents’ farm. Six months later I bought my first bees and have never looked back. I have made many friends through DSBA and thoroughly enjoy the social side of membership as well as the educational benefits.

Email me: chair@dunblanebeekeepers.com

Maggie Duncan

Secretary

I am originally from Somerset and arrived in Scotland 20 years ago via Australia and Africa. Before Australia, I worked for the Central Selling Organisation which was the marketing arm of De Beers, where I met my husband, Don, a diamond exploration geologist.  I have two grown sons who both live down South.  I started keeping bees 6 years ago and have a middling amount of success..

Leila Scobie

Treasurer

I have been involved in beekeeping since the spring of 2017 after completing the DSBA New Beekeepers course.  My partner and I had been keen to start beekeeping for several years and finally took the plunge when we moved back to Scotland where our location and garden size made it more feasible.  As such we added to our mini zoo of 2 golden retrievers and 33 hens!  I became Treasurer in November 2019 to which I apply my experience as an accountant.

Peter Hunt

Membership Secretary

I started beekeeping in 1990, when varroa was appearing in south England, so I had about 15 years before it moved north.  I belatedly joined the New Beekeepers course in 2001, when we could still be accommodated around Magnus’s kitchen table. 

I subsequently completed the Basic Beemaster and intermediate certificate, which is the first 4 modules.  A couple of years later I became Membership Secretary and have watched the membership climb steadily from 40 to the current 200+.  I’ve enjoyed mixed success as a beekeeper over the years supplying a number of colonies to members, and currently manage two colonies.

Ewen Cunningham

Apiary Manager

Ewen started keeping bees about 10 years ago. As well as his involvement with DSBA as Apiary Manager he runs a small beekeeping business in the Stirling area supplying honey to local shops and information and training about beekeeping to anybody who will stop long enough to listen! His passion is to help individuals become confident in the art of beekeeping thereby allowing them to achieve their goal whether that be the production of honey or bees.

Kenneth Holden

Supplies

Married (to a very tolerant partner Elizabeth). Son of the Rock (Stirling born and bred).  Semi-retired (will take the final step soon!)  Officially started bee-keeping in 2015 (brought to the craft many years before helping a friend collect swarms and move colonies).  Number of colonies varies from 2 to 6 (my preference is 4).  Prefer Wooden Modified National (with one token WBC for the garden).  Enjoy “working” in my shed (normally bee-related goods appearing). 

Little known fact: enjoy making walking sticks and crooks (again, in the shed). Need to work on: Time Management (where does time go?!).  Getting better at: Being “crabbit” (so I have been told!).

Andy Laverty

Education Officer

I live in Bridge of Allan and am a relatively new beekeeper with 3 years’ experience. Most of my bee learning has come through making mistakes and I am keen to implement a mentoring program so that others have an easier learning path. I have had a successful international business career in high tech and am a non-executive director on a number of different companies and charities.

Victoria Paterson-Mackie

Editor

I have been involved in beekeeping since 2017, by starting on the DSBA New Beekeepers’ course – fell in love with bees and now have three hives that I share with my husband and children, our littlest beekeepers!  As a lecturer in Animal Biology, I have a love for nature, and provide advice as Editor of the New Beekeepers’ lecture notes.

Morag Fraser

I joined the DSBA Board in November 2018 as New Beekeepers Representative, having discovered my interest in beekeeping the same year.  My first career was as a secretary in the diplomatic service.  I changed career path in my 30s and now practise as an osteopath. I am excited about my third career as an apiarist.  I enjoy working with people and sharing my knowledge and bring my organisational experience to the Board.

Ewan McGeer

I started the New Beekeepers course in January 2019 and instantly became fascinated with beekeeping.  I was invited onto the DSBA Board as New Beekeepers’ Representative in November 2019. My wife and daughter are also avid beekeepers and last June received a nucleus colony, which became two within 8 weeks!  Outside of beekeeping, I was a Physics teacher for 10 years and am now Energy Manager for Mitie Energy. In my time with the DSBA I have been impressed with the experience, enthusiasm and professionalism within the association and look forward to working with the class of 2020.