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 40 years. He worked in agriculture (organic vegetable production and dairy) before returning to studies. Graduated from Plymouth Polytechnic with B.Sc.(Hons) Environmental Science. Now retired from his own business (shop selling greengrocery, wholefoods, flowers, plants etc.) which he ran with his wife for 35 years.
Jo has been a beekeeper for nearly 40 years and currently runs about 150 hives with the help of two assistants. Was Secretary of Cornwall BKA for 9 years and Chairman of Southwest Group of Bee Farmers Association for 2 years. Worked as a Seasonal Bee Inspector for 5 years.
Has been a member of BIBBA for more than 30 years and has served on the committee for over 10 years, as Groups Secretary and for last 5 years as President. Believes that BIBBA’s message of improving one’s own bees rather than importing is as relevant today as when BIBBA was founded in the 60s. With imports at an all-time high he sees the launch of the National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) as hugely important for BIBBA and British and Irish beekeeping. Hopes it will lead to a reduction in imports and an improvement in the quality of our bees.