Communications and Relationships Sub-group

The Communications and Relationship Sub-group reports to the Implementation group and one of it's role is to oversee and facilitate effective dissemination of information provided through sub-groups to stakeholders.

Terms of reference

To achieve Outcome 1 the Communications and Relationships Sub-group will:

  • identify and agree priorities for Implementation Group approval
  • thereafter agree a work programme with priority areas identified for approval by the Implementation Group
  • implement and report progress periodically to the Implementation Group

The Sub-group will:

  • Communicate with DARD
  • Oversee and facilitate effective dissemination of information provided through Sub-groups to stakeholders.
  • consider available mechanisms of communication
  • provide advice to the Implementation Group on communication issues
  • agree timeline for objectives or actions decided by the Implementation Group
  • develop DARD’s links with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine (DAFM)
  • develop a communications strategy as set out in the Strategy for the Sustainability of the Honey Bee
  • reassess the objectives of the Communications and Relationships Sub-group bi-annually


Name Organisation
Jonathan Wightman DARD (Farm Policy Branch)
Susie Hill UBKA
Michael Palframan UBKA
James Crawford INIB
Sheridan Hillis INIB


Government bodies

DARD, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), DAFM, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc), National Bee Unit (NBU), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Non-government organisations

Council of National Beekeeping Associations of the United Kingdom and Ireland (CONBA),  British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA), Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers (INIB), Ulster Beekeepers Association (UBKA), Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers' Association (NIAPA), Northern Ireland Veterinary Education Trust (NIVET), Livestock & Meat Commission, National Trust, Local Councils and any other groups that have an interest.  (This is not a definitive list and additional stakeholders can be added as required).


  • to review how we are communicating, for example, via agreed publications posted on websites such as NIDirect and INIB, UBKA and Association websites
  • to develop channels of communication.  Channels of communication would be through the DARD password protected area and through INIB and UBKA and their associated groups
  • to agree how we communicate with stakeholders, through websites, Associations, etc
  • to develop a corporate style

Minutes of meetings

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