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Executive Profiles

AHBIC Chair

Stephen Targett

Appointed June 2022

AHBIC Deputy Chair

Stephen Fewster

As a fourth-generation commercial beekeeper in Western Australia, Stephen has worked in the family’s honey production business for almost 40 years, and more recently expanded into almond pollination. He is also involved with his family’s cattle operation. Read More

Stephen has been an active industry member for many years including former Chairman and committee member of AHBIC, Federal Council of Australian Apiarists Association, Western Australia Farmers beekeepers section, as well as President of the Apimondia congress in Melbourne 2007. He completed the Marcus Oldum Rural Leadership course in 1998 sponsored by the honey industry.

Positions and key achievements:

  • Deputy Chair of AHBIC
  • President of WA Farmers Beekeepers Section
  • Member of the Agricultural Produce Commission Beekeepers Committee in WA.

AHBIC Chief Executive Officer

Danny Le Feuvre

Danny has been a commercial beekeeper for 15 years with Australian Bee Services (ABS) and is experienced in providing pollination services and honey production in South Australia. Read More

Danny has been involved in the primary industries his whole career with a strong background in agricultural science, RD&E and agribusiness consultancy.

Throughout his career, Danny has successfully led and contributed to many research projects and has published scientific peer-reviewed papers.

He currently is a non-executive director of AgriFutures Australia (formally RIRDC). He has previously volunteered in many industry roles over the years. Previously an executive member of Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and a member of the Hort Innovation Expert Advisory Panel. Danny is also currently acting as AHBIC’s Chief Executive Officer.

Danny’s holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Melbourne University, Masters of Agribuisness from the University of Adelaide and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

He is passionate about rural industries and in particular the honey bee industry.

Executive Member

Jon Lockwood

Jon is a commercial beekeeper, Managing Director and co owner of Goldfields Honey Australia P/L with his mother Vicki. Jon manages 11000 hives and several thousand nucleus colonies. Goldfields produce premium bulk honey, beeswax, honey comb, queen bees, nucleus colonies and pollinate almonds with all of their hives. Read More

Jon’s three siblings are also involved in the beekeeping industry. Undertaking tourism, honey packing, bee equipment manufacturing, marketing and administration.

Jon developed a love and passion for the industry working along side his father Grant from a young age. Assisting his father with honey production, pollination and package bee exports. Jon has worked on and visited bees in several countries around the world.

Jon has become involved in the industry body to assist fellow beekeepers in industry challenges and to promote the beekeeping industry as a whole.

Executive Member

Therese Kershaw

As a fourth-generation beekeeper, beekeeping forms the fabric of Therese’s life. With her husband Laurie, Therese and her family manage 2,500 beehives in New South Wales. Their business specialises in honey production and almond pollination. Read More

In addition to running the family beekeeping business, Therese has also been actively involved in the beekeeping industry. Over recent years, her passion to support the bee industry in different sectors has further grown, and she strives to create opportunities to enable beekeepers to gain knowledge and explore new equipment and technologies through industry events. Her commitment to the industry, combined with outstanding organisation skills and an infectious sense of positivity, inspires fellow beekeepers and businesses to be proactively involved in the bee industry. The overall impact is increased collaboration across different sectors of the industry which translates to growth in the industry. Therese is a dedicated beekeeper and is focused on working towards improving the beekeeping industry to provide security for future generations of beekeepers.

Positions and key achievements:

  • Treasurer of the NSWAA Southern Tablelands Branch (2008 – present)
  • Coordinated the inaugural NSWAA Trade Show in 2010
  • Sponsorship & Trade Show Coordinator (2016- 2018) of the 3rd Australian Bee Congress and Committee member
    NSWAA Sponsorship Coordinator in 2019
  • Organised Aussie Beekeepers USA Tour 2019

Executive Member

Dr Ben McKee

For more than 18 years, Dr Ben McKee has been employed by Hive & Wellness Australia (HWA), previously known as Capilano Honey Limited, the largest packer of honey in Australia. Read More

Since October 2019, he has held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

He has previously served as both Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director for Capilano Honey Ltd.

Dr McKee has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree (Honours), a PhD in a field of study related to the honey industry and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Previously, Dr McKee worked with the University of Melbourne and within the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, as well as managing his own commercial beekeeping enterprise.