Barry Foster has over forty years’ experience as a commercial beekeeper. Barry has been involved in various positions of governance within the apicultural industry since 2002 including NBA President from 2011 to 2013 and over that time has been part of many of the positive changes that have shaped our industry. He is currently Chairman of the ApiNZ Science & Research Focus Group and a Trainer under the AFB PMP. Barry is also a Trustee of the NZ Honey Trust. Barry has a real passion for the need for more research within our industry not only to sustain it against the challenges we face but to take advantage of the opportunities that a well-funded research program would deliver for the future.