The Committee


 ChairDavid Sparrow
 Vice-Chair & Ad Lib Keith
 TreasurerGillian Richards99944982
 Membership SecretaryDale
 Groups Coordinator & WebsiteRos Sparrow
 Events & Ad LibMarian
Committee MemberSue Lourensz

The P3A is also assisted by our Technical Officer, Derek Noronha.

David Sparrow - Chair

David Sparrow obtained a doctorate degree in Chemistry in 1970 and worked internationally in the chemical industry for 34 years. He settled in Cyprus in 2001 and began to take an interest in the island’s wildlife. He co-authored “The Amphibians and Reptiles of Cyprus”, published in 2009, now in its 2nd edition. He went on to co-edit “An introduction to the Wildlife of Cyprus”, with 44 authors and 108 photographers; this was published in 2016.

Since 2012 he has led the Cyprus Dragonfly Study Group, whose work monitoring dragonflies has resulted in the publication of numerous papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, gaining international recognition of the group.

Keith McEwen - Vice-Chair and Ad Lib Magazine Editor

Born in Manchester, UK, son of a Grocer. After a successful career in Child Care in Manchester and South London, Keith moved into Corporate Hospitality and the Hotel & Restaurant business mainly in Surrey and Hertfordshire. He served several years on the South East Regional Board (including London) of the British Hospitality Association also the National Board of the Restaurant Assn. of Great Britain.

Keith was involved with the Scout movement as Leader, Commissioner, Gang Show producer and finally as Chairman of Hitchin District in Hertfordshire. With his wife, Marian, he has been a regular visitor to Cyprus for over 30 years and came to live here full time in May 2017 when they had both retired.

Gillian Richards - Treasurer

Originally from South London, Gill qualified as a financial advisor in 1997 and has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, and Bermuda. Gill and her husband Steve moved to Cyprus in September 2020.

Gill has previously held Board roles including the Philanthropy Chair of the 100 Women in Finance, and is currently the Treasurer of the Cyprus International Women of Today.

Gill and Steve are both huge football fans, supporting Crystal Palace.

Dale Ikin - Membership Secretary

Dale served in the Army throughout the world for 35½ years and finished his long career in March 2010. He then took up a General Manager’s role with a specialist engineering firm until he retired to Cyprus with his wife Karen in August 2012.

He joined P3A in January 2014 and has been the membership secretary since May 2015.  

He plays Duplicate Bridge and attends Military History and History.


Marian McEwen - Events Organiser and Ad Lib Editor

Born in Manchester with an English father and Scottish mother, Marian has enjoyed the mixed cultures this has provided her.

Having qualified in The Care and Support of Children and Young People her varied career was spent in the Social Care Sector. Moving into Management quite early Marian was instrumental in negotiating contracts and funding.  Setting up specialist support services for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Mental Ill Health, managing Residential, Supported Living and Domiciliary Care Services.

She also has vast experience of working with Government Departments setting up Policy and Practice standards to ensure all the Client Groups could live as independently as possible.

Karen Ikin - Secretary

Karen was a MOD Civil Servant for 12 years until she retired to Cyprus with her husband Dale in August 2012. She has also worked in Nursing Care and as a PA in an accountancy firm.

She joined P3A in July 2014 and is now the group leader for the Basic Family History group, having been the assistant since 2015. 

Apart from Family History, Karen attends History, Military History and Sign Language groups.


Susan Lourensz - Committee member

Born in Rochdale, Susan graduated as a maths teacher in 1985. She worked at a secondary school in Warrington for eight years, then Bedford- shire where she eventually ran two middle schools.

Having decided with her husband to retire to Cyprus, Susan took early retirement in 2017 and joined the P3A. She continues to work part time: tutoring, exam marking and invigilating for the British Council in Cyprus.

Susan co-runs the History group, walks with the Monday group and enjoys both Saturday and Sunday lunch clubs.

Ros Sparrow - Groups Coordinator & Website

After graduating from Cambridge, Ros worked in the Diplomatic Service, first in London, then Brussels, Singapore and South Korea, mainly specialising in export promotion and public relations.  

In 2004 she and her husband David settled in Cyprus, where they have pursued interests in nature research, photography and book writing.  Ros is also active in local environmental groups, Let's Make Cyprus Green and the Peyia & Pafos Litter Wombles. 

A former P3A Membership Secretary and then Chair, Ros currently leads the Natural History Group and assists in leading the Dragonfly Study group.  

Derek Noronha: Technical Officer

Derek's career as an electronics engineer extended naturally into IT during the late 1970s. He worked primarily in the photographic and engineering industries, increasingly interlinked with IT, in the UK and abroad, and oversaw changes from the analog to the digital world. After obtaining a teaching qualification he spent five years working as an IT lecturer and support provider, before moving to Cyprus in 2010. 

Today's Smart technologies and emerging trends continue to hold his interest. His main hobbies are photography and Hi-Fi.