Glyn has been on the FUW finance and organisation committee as North Wales member from 2003 – 2004; FUW vice president from 2004-2011 and was elected as deputy president of the Farmers’ Union of Wales in 2011. During 2006-2008 he was the FUW’s representative on the board of Hybu Cig Cymru and from 2008-2015 served as non-executive director on the board of Hybu Cig Cymru by Welsh Assembly Government appointment.
He served as FUW chairman for Caernarfonshire between 1999-2002; Llanrwst FUW Branch Chairman from 1990-1994; FUW national bilingualism and publicity committee chairman from 2001-2004, represented Caernarfonshire on the FUW’s central tenants committee and Snowdonia National Park Committee between 1998-2002 ; he was also a member of the FUW’s Council between 1994-2002.
Further to this, Glyn has served as treasurer of the National Trust Tenants’ Society for the Ysbyty Ifan Estate since 1993 to present and he is the secretary of Ysbyty Ifan Sheepdog Trials, a post he has held since 1998.
In 1976 he completed a full-time course at Glynllifon, and not being a farmer’s son, he went to work as a shepherd at Dylasau Uchaf, Padog. In 1977 Glyn successfully submitted an application for the tenancy of a 100-acre upland farm, Ynys Wen, Ysbyty Ifan and also worked part-time during this period at Dylasau Uchaf.
In 1983 he secured the tenancy of Dylasau Uchaf, a 350-acre farm owned by the National Trust, where he continues to farm with his wife Eleri. The couple have five children – all of which have graduated from Aberystwyth University.
Glyn has lectured several times on agricultural issues and a personal highlight was lecturing on the Future of the Uplands at Glynllifon in 1997 and sharing the stage with head of the agriculture department of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth Professor Mike Haines and John Cameron from Scotland.
In January 2001, Carwyn Jones AM visited Dylasau Uchaf and Ysbyty Ifan and Glyn was responsible for preparing a comprehensive document looking at the inevitable link between agriculture and the future of rural communities, “The Importance of Agriculture in Rural Communities”.
Glyn also led the first FUW delegation from Caernarfonshire to Brussels to discuss was E.I.D. back in October 2000.
He won the National Eisteddfod Farm Management competition in August 1992 and in 1992 when Glynllifon College was faced with the threat of closure, Glyn was chosen as a member of a Working Group of three to look at the possibilities of keeping its doors open.