The Trustees

The Trustees

Chairman: Richard Jones

Richard was a head teacher before moving into international public relations and fund-raising. This experience then brought him to the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) in 1996. The organization founded by Dr Crane in 1949.  As Director for almost 16 years, he had the opportunity to travel widely in order to learn about, and promote bees and beekeeping worldwide. Richard then again followed in Eva Crane’s footsteps and was for many years was the editor of the journal Bee World.  He now concentrates his efforts on promoting the work of the Trust and is proud to be its Chairman.

Richard has a passion for anything to do with classic cars and motor sport.   


Rose Cooper

Rose Cooper is Professor of Microbiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Recently, she has been testing combinations of antibiotics and honey on wound pathogens to find synergistic interactions. She began to investigate the microbiology of wounds in 1992, which led to an interest in the efficacy of topical antimicrobial agents. Since 1997 she has been especially interested in studying the mode of action of manuka honey on antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria isolated from infected and chronic wounds, such as MRSA.

For many years Rose was a Trustee and member of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA). Being familiar with Dr Crane’s work she also greatly appreciates the need to disseminate good scientific knowledge within the academic community and beyond.  

In her spare time Rose is an avid supporter of Welsh rugby and also makes her own jewellery.


Samantha O’Sullivan

Samantha is a consultant in the Private Client team at Withy King. She has specialised in private client and charity law work since qualifying as a solicitor in 1989. Samantha acts as a Trustee for a number of grant-making charities and has been an active member on the board of the Eva Crane Trust since 2008. Although she is the only Trustees not to have met the late Dr Crane, Samantha is immensely knowledgeable about the founder and hugely understanding about her aims and objectives for the Trust.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys supporting Bath Rugby club and is a volunteer with the junior section of Devizes Rugby Club. When she hasn’t got a book in her hand, she can be found baking croissants and Danish pastries.


Clementine Smith

Clementine was the wife of David who was appointed by Dr Crane as one of the founder board members of her Trust. David died in March and Clementine has agreed to take his place as a Trustee.

For the whole of her married life Clementine shared David’s involvement in bees and knew Dr Crane very well. She was aware of Dr Crane’s ideals, her aims and particularly her dislike of any wastefulness. It is that knowledge and understanding that she brings to the Trust. Clementine as a keen gardener has ensured that that her own garden is particularly bee friendly. She is also very involved in voluntary work. Clementine has two sons and three grandchildren.

Penny Walker

Penny worked for the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) for many years, as well as other scientific organisations, and is currently a scientific editor for an academic journal. She worked closely with Eva Crane from 1973, and was especially involved with the preparation of Eva’s publications. She recalls: ‘We sometimes took this work to her holiday home in Co. Kerry, and we also made trips to various parts of the UK and France to record bee boles’. For many years Penny maintained and managed the Bee Boles Register and its website. Penny was literary executor to the late Eva Crane and has extensive knowledge of her work.