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.
Isabel Derry 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.
At the AGM on Saturday 6th September 2014 Isabel was unanimously elected President.
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.
Carol has weaved her way through a colourful career working mainly in arts education. Until recently Carol spent 20 years working across 8 venues at National Museums Liverpool to senior management level, specialising in creative programme development for both formal and informal education. Her experience spans a vast range of subject matter enabling participation for a broad diversity of user groups. She has created and delivered large and complex programmes of active learning and events often in highly challenging subjects. Carol has been dowsing since she was at school, is NFSH trained and is an NLP practitioner. Her interests currently lie in community healing and engagement and local history research.
Richard Miles Company Secretary
Richard studied Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge University followed by an apprenticeship and several roles with engineering companies and latterly a building materials company. He became a non – executive director of several companies finally retiring in 2006.
Richard’s second wife Liz opened his eyes to a whole new world of Dowsing, earth energies, energetic bodies, altered states of consciousness, sacred sites, and much more.
His main interest is in earth energies and he regularly goes out with friends who are acupuncturists and psychic healers to deal with buildings that give their occupants problems.
“Being a member of the council to assist in the future development of the BSD is an exciting prospect for me”.