The council and council members
This page lists the members of the BSD council. Select 'more' to read some background information about any council member. You may also view the latest version of the BSD Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Grahame Gardner (President)
Whilst in his teens, Grahame taught himself water dowsing using home-made L-rods, and then pendulum dowsing for divination. He was introduced to earth energy dowsing by Billy Gawn in 1999 and further trained in geomancy with Sig Lonegren and Patrick MacManaway. Co-opted onto BSD council in 2003, and elected a Vice-President in 2006, Grahame is also a founder member of The Geomancy Group and is listed on the BSD's Professional and Tutor Registers. He was elected President of the Society in September 2008. His book 'Dowsing Magic' was published in May 2012.
Isabel Derry (Vice-President)
Isabel had the benefit of both a full set of Yorkshire parents and a Scottish upbringing so she has a profound understanding of the value of money.
She has a degree in Sociology and Psychology but also trained as a Cost and Management Accountant and worked as such in organisations as diverse as an armoured vehicle depot, a bra factory and a brewery. Since then she has been a community warden visiting elderly and disabled people in sheltered housing and the business manager of a motorcycle school.
For twenty five years she also served in the Territorial Army and was the first woman to command a squadron in a British Army transport regiment.
Isabel is now, theoretically, a lady of leisure and lives in the eastern corner of Cumbria. Passionate about promoting dowsing, especially in the north of England, and about having fun while she does it, Isabel is Secretary of Ridings Dowsers and co-founder of Westmorland Dowsers. Isabel was elected to Council in September 2011l and promoted to Vice-President in 2013.
Chris Johnson (Hon. Treasurer)
As a Financial Accountant, Chris has worked in a variety of industries including, food (notably with Cadburys & United Biscuits) the motor trade, engineering & construction and has spent the past 20 years specialising in turning failing companies around, including several charities.
He was one of the founding members of the BSD Health & Healing SIG and worked closely with Patrick MacManaway on the curriculum. He is a past trustee and a professional health dowser, who lectures on health and has previously run his own health dowsing courses with his wife.
Adrian's commercial, spiritual and business acumen will all help lead the BSD to a higher public profile, working closely, not only with members, but also the media, schools and universities, as well as other complementary organisations. A past Chairman of the EEG Adrian led the development and growth of the group. Adrian is keen to see the combining of all BSD elements to help the organisation move forwards; water, archaeology, health and earth energies need to be on a level footing and become one cohesive and streamlined unit. Adrian hopes to expand Dowsing membership through bringing it to a much wider audience.
As an experienced professional dowser, since 2006, in the fields of Geomancy and Health, Fay is also a BSD Registered Practitioner and Registered Tutor. Awarded the BSD ‘Services to Dowsing’ award in 2012, Fay regularly delivers BSD training courses. Her previous experience has involved media liaison, editorial support, event management and accountancy support. Managing education projects on behalf of the DfES she was responsible for 50 support centres throughout the UK; developing two educational websites; organising conferences and working with partner organisations. Fay brings her relevant commercial experience; running the family farm, and her dowsing passion to the BSD Council.
With senior management positions including command of sea-going ships, Matthew ran his own company for 21 years giving him excellent experience of many aspects of corporate requirements including budgeting and financial management, personnel, planning and strategy and operations. Now self-employed, with his own consultancy, Matthew is able to devote much more time to dowsing in general and space clearing in particular. Treasurer of the local British Legion branch for fourteen years, and a founder member and Chairman of his local RNLI branch, Matthew is also a founder and active member of his local Somerset dowsing group which is affiliated to the BSD.