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Executive Profiles

AHBIC Chair

Trevor Weatherhead AM

Trevor began beekeeping in 1972, after commencing as an Apiary Officer with the Queensland Forestry Department from 1967 to 1983, and with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries as an from 1983 to 1988. In 1988, he started a partnership with his wife, Marion, breeding queen bees for domestic and overseas markets. They also produced honey before selling the business in 2012. Read More

Trevor has been active in the beekeeping industry since joining the Queensland Beekeepers Association in 1977.

Positions and key achievements:

  • President and life member of the Queensland Beekeepers Association (QBA)
  • President of the Brisbane Branch of the QBA
  • President and Secretary of the Australian Queen Bee Breeders Association
  • Active in securing markets for queen bees overseas in such places as Canada and the USA
  • Treasurer of the Federal Council of Australian Apiarists Association
  • Secretary for the Second and Third Australian Bee Congresses held in 1988 and 2018
  • Performed many roles, including Honey Court Manager, Honorary Council Steward and honey judge, at the Brisbane Ekka since 1979
  • Executive Director of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council from 2012 to 2019 including several terms on the Executive prior to taking on the Executive Director role
  • Awarded the Goodacre Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to Apiculture in 2002
  • Active in biosecurity within the industry and awarded the David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016
  • Made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for services to the beekeeping industry, and in particular biosecurity.

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 Acting CEO

Danny Le Feuvre

Danny is the founding Managing Director of Australian Bee Services (ABS), a company established more than 15 years ago to provide pollination services and produce honey 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. He is currently 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

Peter Barnes

Peter became a third generation commercial beekeeper when he joined his family business in 1988. The business provides pollination services, honey and Manuka production. Read More

In 2012, Peter was involved in a workplace accident which severely reduced his ability to manage physical work. As a result, the family business reduced from 1,400 hives to 300 hives. Despite this, Peter remains very passionate about the industry and its future, particularly in the areas of resources and marketing.

Peter is currently on the Queensland Beekeepers Association Executive.

Positions and key achievements:

  • 1st officer of the local Rural Fire Brigade
  • 2008 Commissioners Awards of Excellence Rural Fire Service Volunteer of the Year for the North Coast Region.

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.