President – David Roe
After making a less than half-hearted effort to qualify as an accountant in the NHS, David switched to sales and spent 20 years working for some large and not so large manufacturers and suppliers of medical products. In the autumn of 1999, he decided that he couldn’t stand the weather in the UK any longer and moved to Spain. Since then, he’s worked for estate agents, a mail/courier company and a car rental firm, but is now a man of leisure (apart from maintaining his garden and trying to avoid the wrath of his partner, Carol, by occasionally cleaning the house!). He has been an enthusiastic birdwatcher since his late teens, but has never considered himself to be an expert and is certainly not a twitcher. He succumbed to several months of flattery and cajolery from other members and agreed to become President of the Costa Blanca Bird Club in December 2018.
Vice President – Malcolm Palmer
Malcolm has lived in Spain since 1993 based originally in Santa Pola, he now resides in San Vicente del Raspeig with his wife Juani. He writes a bird-related article for the Costa Blanca News on a weekly basis. Malcolm is the author of three bird guides to Spain, and co-author of a book on the Island of Tabarca. He has been interested in birds all his life, and his knowledge of the avifauna of the Costa Blanca region is second to none making him an extremely valued committee member.
Club Secretaries – Martin and Heather Tearle
Martin and Heather were born in the UK but moved to South Africa in 1975 and 1974 respectively, where they met. They returned to the UK at the end of 1979 and moved finally to Pagham West Sussex in 1999. They owned an Accountancy company for 25 years before moving to Spain full time in 2015 although they had owned a property in Hondon De Las Nieves since 2007. Martin’s interests include wildlife photography and video.
Since living in Spain Heather has been membership secretary for the local British Legion Branch and is now vice chairman. Heather’s interests include wildlife photography especially big cats. Together they have travelled extensively around the world completing over 20 safaris in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Borneo, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, The Gambia and South Africa.
Treasurer – Greta Owen
I spent all my working life in the Dairy Trade after studying Physics, Chemistry, Microbiology and Dairying at Cannington Agriculture College in Bridgwater and then worked for several years in the laboratory for a national UK dairy company, before co-owning the largest independent dairy in the Southwest of England. After “retiring” I worked for a smaller dairy company, in their office before coming to live in Spain. I have always been interested in wildlife in general but especially birds, rising before dawn and going to look for them, but I only got into photographing them after joining the CBBC.
Committee Member – Stephan Cramer
Stephan and his partner Els became birders in 1982 after following a course of the local bird protection organisation in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Soon they joined the Dutch Birding Association for some serious birdwatching. They made trips in Europe between the North Cape and Gibraltar, and to the USA (Texas, California and Arizona). After Stephan’s retirement as a managing psychologist in the field of the care for people with intellectual disabilities, Els and Stephan moved to Spain in 2010. They met Malcolm when looking at a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and couldn’t resist the temptation to meet the other members of the CBBC.
Committee Member – Barry Chambers
Barry retired early to live in Rojales on the Costa Blanca with his wife Carol in March 2006, having spent the previous 25 years working in a Day Centre with Adults with Learning Disabilities where he was Deputy Manager. Barry was Vice Chairman of the Local Natural History Society for more than 20 years in Essex, has been a keen bird watcher since his school days and has continued his passion since moving to the Costa Blanca.
Committee Member – Rex Walker
Rex studied Spanish and spent three months in Madrid and a year in Barcelona teaching English. He them qualified as a Chartered Accountant, but as Monty Python put it, he found it “dull, dull, dull”, so he moved into industry (much more interesting). Having being finance director of companies producing fine chemicals, Triton Showers and aerospace metals, he then co-founded an office watercooler business. He semi-retired in 2003 and became part time treasurer of two charities. He eventually retired to Spain, and soon discovered the Costa Blanca Bird Club. He enjoys discovering and photographing far flung parts of Spain and, partly thanks to bird club trips has now been to all 50 Spanish Provinces.
Website Administrator – Mary Brazier
Mary and her husband John came to Spain in 2005 and started to take an interest in the local wildlife, after reading the late Brian Conduit’s nature articles in ‘The Jungle Drums’ magazine. They met Brian in the hide at El Clot, joined the CBBC, and started to learn more about the local birds. In England Mary worked as an Internal Auditor in the Civil Service and later for The Post Office. Various roles in the NHS followed, mainly concerned with the provision of information for patients. Mary is now ‘early retired’ and enjoys birding on the Costa Blanca and looking after the CBBC website.