The BeeCraft team

BeeCraft is wholly owned by UK beekeeping associations and run by a team of directors and consultants.

The directors (all unpaid) are elected at the AGM, and they appoint a team of part-time consultants to carry out the day-to-day business of putting together an informative monthly magazine and publishing information for beekeepers in a variety of forms.

Co-Editors | Stephen Fleming and Richard Rickitt 

Co-editors since the January 2020 edition of BeeCraft magazine, they welcome reader contributions including articles, photos and letters.

Co-editors email:
Send your letters to: Bee Craft Ltd, PO BOX 484, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 9NB

About Stephen: Stephen joined BeeCraft in 2016 and enjoys interviewing, researching and writing about all manner of bee-related themes. He welcomes suggestions for topics, especially wacky ones.


About Richard: Richard joined BeeCraft in 2016. He keeps about 30 colonies of his own and a few for other people. He runs beekeeping courses but really enjoys meeting and learning from other beekeepers. He is particularly interested in beekeeping history, books and photography.


Subscriptions Manager and Archivist | Katie Butcher

About Katie: Katie manages our subscriptions. Whether you are an individual, part of a branch/association or overseas, Katie is the person you need to contact for any subscription queries.
Katie also manages the BeeCraft archive of magazines, booklets and books - a full archive of BeeCraft magazines can be found at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. 

Send your letters to: Bee Craft Ltd, PO BOX 484, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 9NB

Email: | old email address (still active):

Phone: 07429 266 096

Shop Manager | Ros Ellis  

About Ros: Ros manages our shop and organises stock for shows. Contact Ros for bulk orders and any queries you may have about your order.


Advertisements Manager | Varsha Patel

About Varsha: Varsha is responsible for all of the adverts you see in BeeCraft and on our website. If you wish to advertise in BeeCraft then please contact Varsha direct.


IT | Dave Hall

About Dave: Dave looks over our web presence and keeps the online shop running. You will also see a lot of his graphics around the website, all designed to help improve your online experience.


Associations' Link | Wendy Dale

About Wendy: Wendy provides dedicated support to all beekeeping associations/branches and is the first point of contact for information on our discounted bulk subscription and benefits scheme, organising back copies and responding to general enquiries. See her at live shows or live chat with her during virtual events.


Company Secretary | Steve Clarkson  

About Steve: Steve has been keeping bees since 2010 keen beekeeper and has been involved with Kent Beekeepers Association (KBKA) for much of that time as a Director, first as Membership Secretary, then added General Secretary to the list of roles.


Accounts Manager | Jenny O'Dea

About Jenny: Jenny takes care of the financial side of Bee Craft and ensures that the Bee Craft finances are best managed for our aims and responsibilities in the beekeeping world.
If your branch needs its share-holding information updated or changed then please contact her directly.


Publications | Claire Waring

About Claire: Claire was editor of BeeCraft from January 1997 to December 2019. In that time we’ve moved from black and white to full colour, and into digital! Now Claire manages our BeeCraft publications.

Email: |

Digital Communications Manager | Anne Pike 

About Anne: Anne is BeeCraft's first digitial communications manager and creates additional content for the website, social channels and e-newsletters. She produces videos with BeeCraft contributors and is involved with BeeCraft's occasional online lectures.


Development and Growth Coordinator | Emma Morley


The BeeCraft Board of Directors:

All BeeCraft Directors were elected at the BeeCraft AGM due to their interest in beekeeping throughout the UK and around the world.

Bob Maurer - Chairman 

Julian Barlow - Director with responsibility for Marketing, Communications, Design and Shows

David Cockburn - Director with responsibility for Publications

Dale Gibson - Director with responsibility for Editorial and Content and BeeCraft lectures

John Hendrie - Director

Mike O'Neill - Director with responsibility for Finance 

Felicity Brown - HR Director

If you wish to contact any of BeeCraft's directors, please use this email address: