Past Speakers 2020
17th February 2020 - AGM and a short talk by Drummond Forbes: The Penicillin Fungus
Drummond was “born and bred” in London where he went to school and University to train as a Pharmacist at THE School of Pharmacy in Brunswick Square.
He started out at Eli Lilly - a Pharmaceutical business in Basingstoke manufacturing gelatine capsules. Eli Lilly is one of the early manufacturers of Penicillin. He then went as Chief Pharmacist to Southampton Hospitals then Bristol as Director of Pharmacy at University Hospitals Bristol. After some years in post he became General Manager to Bristol Eye Hospital and went on to manage Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Drummond was the Chairman of Hospital Pharmacists in UK for five years, and received a Fellowship from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in recognition for his contribution to the profession of science and pharmacy.
After his NHS career, he took on a UK Managing Director role for a German family Pharma business based in Gloucester and the Pied Piper city of Hameln making sterile injections. After 5 years, he started up a UK subsidiary for a French family Pharma business based in Lyon also making sterile injections and retired after 7 years to be busy!
He became a Trustee for the Above & Beyond Charity in Bristol and has just stood down as Chair after 8 years. He is also a Trustee of Backwell Playing Fields Charity.
20th January 2020 - Keith Wiley: Gardens don’t have to be green
Over 25 years as head gardener at The Garden House in Devon, Keith evolved a style of gardening based on modifying natural landscapes from around the globe. The garden he created was described by national commentators as 'one of the most exciting and innovative gardens in Britain today' and the best example of 'leading edge horticulture' in this country.
Keith is a regular contributor to horticultural /lifestyle magazines and has appeared on many gardening television programmes in the UK.
The Wileys now run their own nursery and are creating a new garden which was featured in the RHS magazine, English Garden as well as many other magazines and books and on Gardener’s World in July 2019. Keith has written 3 books and has lectured widely all over the world.