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 wife, 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 Secretary – Len Williamson
Len had an international career working in the UK, Belgium, Singapore and the USA. After thirty years he switched in to coaching senior executives at Board level. In 2010 he obtained a Masters in Psychology at UCL to inform his coaching practice. More recently he has gone back to his childhood enthusiasm for photography. He has just been awarded an MA with distinction at Falmouth University. Len has been spending more and more time in Spain enjoying the people the scenery and the weather and he now lives here permanently. Another childhood love was birdwatching which he has taken up again with enthusiasm here in Spain. The CBBC days out have been amongst his most enjoyable with so many knowledgeable members sharing their experience. Len is keen to see the club prosper and feels privileged to be asked to be the secretary of the club.
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 – Paul Dando
After retiring from working in sales for 50 years I decided to relocate. I have always been interested in wildlife and birds in particular, even more so since moving to Spain and joining the Costa Blanca Bird Club.
Committee Member – Kathy Dowsett
I have had a lifelong interest in every aspect of wildlife but my interest in birds increased after I met my husband Robert and we began to go birdwatching on a regular basis. We have traveled extensively, preferring holidays focused on seeking out birds in many countries rather than spending our time on a beach. After a long career in teaching I retired early so we could escape the British climate and relocate to Spain. The Costa Blanca Bird Club has helped us continue our hobby and make friends with like minded people.
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.
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 and John have now returned to the UK to live in Northumberland but Mary still looks after the CBBC website and hopes to get over to Spain often to watch the birds there.