About us and who’s who

Maldon Beekeepers, welcomes all those who have an interest in bees, the conservation of bees, and other pollinators, and those who support the work we do.

We are involved with a range of local organisations and can be seen at a number of local events as well as the Essex county Honey Show.

If you wish to contact us, please use our general enquiries email below.

Email – general enquiries


For specific enquiries, here is a list of our committee members and their relevant responsibilities.  In the first instance, contact the secretary.


Sylvina Tate

Sylvina receives all correspondence for the division and disseminates this as required. She is the first point of contact for the division having access to a wealth of information.

Sylvina is a young beekeeper with 2 years experience and is very keen to learn encouraging all our beekeepers to learn and build on their knowledge.



Jo Boden

Jo is responsible for all matters relating to the funding of the Division, as well as supporting the training that is undertaken, both for potential beekeepers as well as existing beekeepers.

Jo is also an authorised Swarm Collector for Maldon Beekeepers.

Jo (left) with Carlie (right)

Training Team Leader and Swarm Co-Ordinator

Carlie Mayes

As the Swarm Co-ordinator, Carlie receives and allocates authorised Swarm Collectors (beekeepers) during the Swarm Season – April to July – to attend swarm calls. Carlie can also advise on problems associated with other bees, such as bumblebees and solitary bees. We do not deal with wasp problems, however, we do have members who have experience and expertise in this area.

Carlie is an authorised Swarm Collector for the division and an authorised Swarm Collector for the BBKA.

Alongside this, Carlie manages the training through the division for beginners and intermediate beekeepers. She also runs the Taster Workshops and the Junior Buzzy Bees that meet through the summer months.

Carlie also oversees the three divisional apiaries ensuring that licences are in place and development of each is progressed along with Committee aspirations.


Carter’s Apiary Manager – Maldon

Darren Burge:  07565 528605
Assistant:  Carlie Mayes – 07979 862952

Darren undertakes the overseeing of training and management of the divisional apiary in Maldon based at the Maldon Hall Allotment Site.

Darren is an authorised Divisional Swarm Collector for Maldon Beekeepers.

Darren with a swarm of bees!

The Folly Apiary Manager – Maldon

John Ferguson:  07565 528605
Assistant:  Carlie Mayes – 07979 862952

John looks after our divisional apiary at the far western point of the district in Hatfield Peverel.  The apiary is located on Hatfield Peverel Allotment Society land in Church Road, Hatfield Peverel.   This will become an alternative training apiary as this site develops.

John is an authorised Divisional Swarm Collector for Maldon Beekeepers.

Carlie (left) with John (right) at The Folly

Honorary President

Roy Carter

Roy is our Honorary President and a very experienced beekeeper.  


Glenn has been a beekeeper for some 10 years and has been Trustee and Chair for the division during this period of time. Glenn works full time and has taken on responsibility of Trustee and is our divisional representative with Essex Beekeepers.

All our beginner training is undertaken by Glenn who is a qualified trainer.

Glenn is also an authorised Swarm Collector for Maldon Beekeepers as well as an authorised Swarm Collector for BBKA.
Glenn (left) with Sherlock (right)


David Mills

As our Chairman, David heads our ongoing strategy and development, keen to develop the division into the best in the county. As a young beekeeper, having only kept bees for 2 years, David is keen on training opportunities both in the classroom and the field.

David is an authorised Swarm Collector for Maldon Beekeepers.
David (right) trying to demonstrate how to put out a smoker to one of our new beekeepers!

Committee Members:

James Scott – is an authorised Swarm Collector for Maldon Beekeepers.
Kate Tuerena – is an authorised Swarm Collector for Maldon Beekeepers
The Committee mets once a month, usually either before or after the Divisional meeting or apiary meeting.
Divisional meetings are held at The OAKhouse, High Street, Maldon CM9 5PR – 7.30pm for 8pm start.
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