Left to right back row Cecil McMullan, Madeline McMullan, Gail Orr, Lyndon Wortley, Robin Hillis ( retiring committee member) Walter McNeil left to right front row Jesus Barobia, Tom Canning, Caroline Thomson, Michael Young, Christina Bradley
Not available for the photo, James Crawford, Ciaran Campbell and Chester Roulston
The INIB Chairman is Michael Young MBE.
'I live in Hillsborough with a beautiful wife Rae four lovely daughters Jodie, Jamie, Jasmin and Rachel Harley as well as a cockerel, two chickens and four doves. My granddaughter Sienna and I have just made a Bug Hotel in the back of the garden but my other granddaughter Scarlet has other ideas.
I keep my bees at Malone Golf Club where I prefer to work with Langstroth hives and am currently planning to work solely and breed native dark bees. I like all things to do with beekeeping and am addicted to making mead.
I like to lecture and travel abroad for beekeeping programmes.
My hobbies are many as I like to have a full life, gardening, judging bee produce, pottery, encaustic wax, oil and watercolour painting, mead making, music and photography are just a few of what I like to do. My work load holds me back a little. I used to be a workaholic but now I am too busy for that.
My favourite bee and the one I am breeding in my apiary is the native dark bee from Donegal. My most respected bee is the Apis Scutalata (known as the African Killer Bee). Purely the fact that it is a survival animal, does not succumb to AFB, CCD and can sort Varroa out with ease.'