Jane Bwye

About Me

Jane Bwye portrait.png - 1.71 MBI have been a businesswoman and intermittent freelance journalist for over fifty years, mainly in Kenya.

My six children and seven grandkids are scattered over three continents, so I developed a taste for travel, and in 2001 “walked” round the world, buying a bird book in every country I visited. I have written numerous magazine articles and short stories, two newspaper columns and several newsletters for various organisations. I co-ordinated a cookbook, “Museum Mixtures” in aid of the Kenya Museum Society in 1989, and have written a History in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of my local church, St. Wilfrid’s.

Breath of Africa, which is dedicated to the people of Kenya, is my first novel, published in 2013. I Lift Up My Eyes, published in 2014, is a novella set in East Sussex. And in March 2017, Grass Shoots the sequel to my first book, brings the saga up to present day Kenya.

I have managed my own Guest House and Riding School, and worked as a freelance Secretary. While home-studying for a degree, I started a consultancy business, providing human resource and computer advice, locum services for small businesses, and doing Organisation Reviews and Project Management for leading Management Consultancies in Kenya.

After graduation in 1995, I was Head of Computer Studies/IT at Hillcrest Secondary School, Nairobi for five years.

From 2002 I have had my own consultancy in Eastbourne, UK, mentoring small business start-ups as an Associate of EDEAL.

In 2009 I volunteered as Client Adviser for People Matter, an Eastbourne Charity, mentoring small business start-ups and providing careers advice and guidance to the unemployed. I joined the Board of Trustees in 2011.

Other voluntary work included:
• Eleven years as Advocate for Age Concern, with four years as Trustee for Age Concern/Age UK East Sussex.
• In 2005 a two-week BESO/VSO placement, reviewing the Big Issue Newspaper in Windhoek, Namibia.
• Listed Judge for British Dressage from 2003.
• From 1996-2001 Lady Master, then Hon. Secretary of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya, which administers scholarships for under-graduates with Kenya connections.
• Member of the Kenya Museum Society Council, 1988-90. Volunteer Museum Guide.
• Sporting involvements include
    o    Kenya Squash Racquets Association, Committee Member. 1984-1988. Co-organiser of the East & Central Africa Junior Squash Tournament in Nairobi, 1987.  Editor of their monthly newsletter. Presented with the Kenya Squash Racquets Association Services to Squash Award, 1988.
    o    Cadet Member of the Naivasha Yacht Club Committee 1995-1999, organising annual cadet camps. Kenya team official for the Volvo World Youth Sailing Regatta in Finland, July 1999; Hon. Treasurer / Secretary of the Kenya Laser Association, 2000-1.

2012        OCR Level 4 NVQ Careers Information Advice and Guidance
1994        University of Southern Queensland, Australia. B(Business), Majoring in Human Resource Management/End User Computing, and winning the Dean’s Commendation for Creditable performance.
1960        Matric (History), Oxford University



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