Gavin Ramsay – Chair

Gavin has kept bees from the mid-1990s and since then he has managed to make most of the possible beekeeping mistakes! He chairs SNHBS, helps his local association and presents regularly on bee topics across Scotland and beyond.  He used to be the Bee Health and Science Officer for the SBA until May 2020.  He has also given up being a plant geneticist, and is starting to find out that running a beekeeping business is not for the easily distracted or the disorganised!


John Durkacz – Vice Chair

John has been beekeeping 40 years. Searching for good native type bees that are well adapted to their locality has been his main motivation for many years. Latterly he has become more interested in looking at a more sustainable and ethical approach to our beekeeping practices. John is currently vice-president of his local beekeeping association and a SBA member. He spends his spare time looking at nature and photography and can still manage reasonable hill walks.



Sandy Scott – Fundraising

Sandy joined SNHBS at its inaugural meeting. He has been beekeeping since 2014 and is a member of the SBA and a committee member of the ESBA. He runs the ESBA apiary, with mentoring classes for beginners.  Sandy is also a presenter on Beekeeping at the RHET’s schools open days at Kinnordy Estate.



Alastair Sharp – Trustee

Alastair took up beekeeping in 2018, having spent a lifetime in law in England and wishing to pursue his long-held but unfulfilled interest in bees in the Highlands, where he now spends much of his time.  He is involved in the community being, amongst other things, a Trustee of the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust.  He is developing a small apiary in Glenlivet where he hopes to preserve an exclusion zone to maintain the strain. He is also involved with the North East Breeding Group whose apiary is nearby at the Cabrach.


Joan Sneddon (Secretary)

Sarah Leahy (Treasurer)

David Morland (Membership)

Clive Baker

Colin Campbell

Jim Lindsay