Africa BEECause (ABC), the UK organisation, has three trustees who maintain continuous contact with The Gambia and visit several times a year. BEECause Gambia (BCG) has a board of eight and eight permanent staff. Essential field and project support capacity is provided by our 11 BEECause trained self-employed “Network” members. BCG also welcomes volunteers from the US Peace Corps and elsewhere.
The Africa BEECause board of trustees
Africa BEECause has a UK-based board of three trustees/directors:
Peter Graham-Matheson Chairman, Fund Raising and Operations
Peter spent 30 years in human resources, latterly as general manager HR of a large insurance company. As a junior army officer, he served in Kenya before Independence. In 2005, having retired, he went to Tanzania as a volunteer in a microfinance organisation. This experience ignited an interest in development and he began working in The Gambia in 2007 with the National Bekeepers Association of The Gambia (NBAG).
Bill Ormrod Finance and Accounts
BA chartered accountant, before retiring, Bill was a senior accountant and head of finance for a public utility. He is also a trustee of another UK charity and voluntary adviser to Allahtentu (an HIV/AIDS self-help group) in The Gambia. He has worked as a volunteer in Central America, Tanzania and The Gambia.
Lynne Graham-Matheson Administration, Education and Training
Lynne began her career in administration and HR management. A PhD in education, before retirement, she was a Principal Research Fellow at a UK university. In retirement, she is writes and is a published author. She has visited various parts of Africa and worked with the education department of the University of the Gambia and has an interest in fostering co-operative programmes.
BEECause Gambia Staff
Gibbeh Bah Jobe, General Manager
Gibbeh joined BEECause Gambia in ….. from another development organisation as accountant and administration manager. Her role broadened over the years and in march 2017, she was promoted to General Manager and joined the board of directors. In 2018 she was chosen to chair the African Union-Iber Apiculture Platform stakeholders group and is a member of the Gambian government-led team working to prepare AU Programme.
Gibbeh is supported by a team of permanent staff, comprising:
Kebbah (Kbee) Touray, Programme Manager
Kbee is probably the most experienced and certainly one of the most enthusiastic beekeepers and trainers in The Gambia. His work takes him throughout the country
Mbayam Touray, Accountant/ Administrator
A diligent, accurate number cruncher with strong views, Mbayam joined in …. She is also the mother of two under fives.
Training officers Momadou Ndure and Binta Jallow are the core of the beekeeping training team. Momadou is the longest serving member of BEECause Gambia. So far as we are aware, Binta was the first female beekeeping training officer in the country. She is a model for other women to enter beekeeping, a traditionally male preserve.
Murtar Sanyang joined the full-time permanent staff last year from the field support network. Through its market support and development programme, BEECause guarantees beekeepers a market for all honey which meets its standards. As MSDP controller, Murtar is responsible for control the process from buying through to distribution. To date, domestic demand has grown faster than supply.
Horticulture training is supported by Fabakary Jatta, a schoolteacher and development worker specialising in this area.
Additional field support is carried out by the BBCause Network, a team of 11 self-employed BEECause-trained beekeepers located across the country. From time-to-time, network members join the permanent team to provide additional capacity. The Network holds bi-annual workshops under Kbee, to share ideas and review progress.
The KK based team is completed by support and security staff.
BEECause Gambia board
BEECause Gambia became operationally independent on 1 January 2018. The Gambian members of the former Advisory Committee became directors and, with the exception of one ABC trustee (Peter), the non-Gambians were replaced by local members and the number increased to nine including two female. All are experienced. As are volunteers. Six already work full or part-time in development. Four head and two hold senior positions in development organisations. Three are retired head teachers. (They say that “three” heads are better than one). One director is a senior civil servant and another a senior member of the local staff of the US Peace Corps environment team, and a very experienced beekeeper and “all-the-year-round” gardening specialist.
The BCG board is comprised of eerienced senior Gambians, together with representatives from the BCG staff and the Africa BEECause board of trustees.
Ismaila Sisay, Chair
Formerly a headmaster, Ismaila is a widely known and respected member of the community, with strong views, Ismaila stays in close touch with day to day operations, financial control and carries out monitoring and evaluation.
Momadou Bah, Vice chair
Known universally as ‘Bah 2’ (his elder brother is ‘Bah 1’), he is an agriculturalist who specialises in environment regeneration. Bah 2 is the former General Manager of NBAG and a skilled trainer and beekeeper. He was the first BEECause Field Officer. He rejoined the Peace Corps in August 2010 and remains a strong ally.
Sheriff Jallow, Secretary
A senior civil servant, Sherrif is the youngest director.
Isatou is an environmentalist, strongly committed to gender equality and the improvement of living standards, especially those of women and children. Her environment credentials include support for all forms of sustainable use of materials, recycling, particularly of plastics and other waste. Womens’ Initiatives in The Gambia, (WIG) which she founded and staffed with volunteers, several of whom have served WIG for more than 5 years. Isatou has received awards from the US and elsewhere for her work.
Momadou is retired headmaster from Njongon on the north side of the Gambia River. In addition to his directorship, he is involved in technical development, including bee rearing and breeding. Momadou heads “Future Farmers”, a development organisation.
Gibbeh Bah Jobe, General Manager, BEECause Gambia