Born in Newtown Powys, Jo grew up in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire before moving back to Wales and then to Cornwall where he has lived for over 30 years. He worked in agriculture (organic vegetable production and dairy) before returning to studies. Graduated from Plymouth Polytechnic with B.Sc.(Hons) Environmental Science. Has been running his own business (shop selling greengrocery, wholefoods, flowers, plants etc.) with his wife since 1980.
Jo has been a beekeeper for over 25 years and currently runs about 50 hives. Member of BIBBA for over 20 years. Was Secretary of Cornwall BKA for 9 years and Chairman of Southwest Group of Bee Farmers Association for 2 years.
He believes that progress in bee improvement in Britain and Ireland is only likely to come from determined groups of beekeepers working together. Hence, wants to communicate with Groups, find out what they have been doing and their plans for the future.
Groups can learn from each others successes and failures.