Born and raised in South Yorkshire, Richard graduated with a BA(Hons) in Law with Information Technology before working in Austria, post graduation. After returning to the UK, Richard qualified as a primary school teacher and worked as an Assistant Headteacher in Catholic, Primary Education. Since 2019, Richard has been working as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator as well as being a member of the Bee Farmers’ Association- combining his love of bees with his love for teaching.
Richard started his beekeeping journey with a nuc of bees in 2006 after a 6-week local association beginners’ course and over the years has gradually expanded to 50 colonies. Proud to be the current chairman of Barnsley Beekeepers Association, Richard is a strong believer in locally produced bees and queens (in small part because he is a stereotypically frugal Yorkshireman and likes the fact that they are cost effective).
Richard has been supporting BIBBA with the creation of beekeeping.events and he is delighted to be joining as a trustee.