Selwyn Runnett

Selwyn Runnett

Selwyn Runnett

Scientific & Technical

Born in Manchester, Selwyn grew up in the West Pennine Moors area of Lancashire before going to University in Cardiff. He then made various work-related moves around the country living in Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, and Northamptonshire before returning to Wales, where he has been for 25 years. He currently lives on a smallholding in a rural area of Carmarthenshire in West Wales. He has worked in the property industry since leaving university and has also worked as a management consultant. He currently works part-time in the family property business and part-time as a commercial beekeeper. He graduated from Cardiff University with LL.B (Hons) in Law and from Birmingham University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA (Distinction)). He is currently undertaking the Master Beekeepers’ Program at Cornell University.

Selwyn has been interested in environmental, food and nutritional issues from being a teenager and has been a Member of the Henry Doubleday Research Association (Garden Organic) since its early days at Ryton Gardens. He is also a Member of the Soil Association and a number of environment-related organisations. He first became interested in beekeeping because of the importance of honey bees as part of the wider eco-system and their role as pollinators. He has been keeping bees actively for 12 years and became a part-time commercial beekeeper three years ago committed to methods of sustainable commercial beekeeping. He currently runs about 60 hives with plans to increase up to 150.

He is a Member of his local beekeeping association where he has been the Apiary Manager and then the Vice-Chair, and has been a Member of the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association National Council. He is also a Member of the Bee Farmers’ Association, the Central Association of Bee-Keepers and of the Entomological Society of America. He is particularly interested in applying the increasing amount of scientific research around the World to practical beekeeping management techniques based on sustainability.