FUW Board Farmer Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of FUW President Glyn Roberts, FUW Deputy President Ian Rickman, Finance Director Simon Longworth, farmer Directors Darren Williams, Iwan Jones and Richard Vaughan, as well as Non-Executive Directors Nerys Evans and Sara Jones, which bring to the table diverse expertise in terms of business and governance.

“Our farmer Directors bring the much needed grassroots element to the table with their wealth of expertise from farming to business, and I thank all three of them for the work they have already done over the years and their continued commitment to the future of this Union.

“I look forward to creating fresh strategies for the FUW and I am excited to work with such a great team. Our strategies will continue to be driven by effectiveness, better governance, transparency and efficiency,” said FUW President Glyn Roberts.
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Darren Williams

Darren Williams is a tenant farmer on a 270 acre farm outside Brecon. Together with his wife Rachel and two young sons, they run 500 ewes, 100 ewe lambs and 100 cattle. After gaining a BSc in agriculture at Aberystwyth, he began farming on a county council holding in Glasbury and was then fortunate enough to move to a larger tenanted farm 9 years ago. The farm is a mixed farm, growing their own corn for finishing cattle, and fattening their lambs from forage crops and grass and red clover leys. He also represents the FUW on the Agricultural Advisory Panel dealing with Agricultural Wages.

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Iwan Jones

Iwan Jones farms with his wife Menna and parents at Groes Bach, Denbigh, a dairy farm of some 140 cows, producing organic milk for Arla. Since graduating from Aberystwyth with a degree in Agriculture with Business along with farming at home with his parents, he has previously been a Director of a dairy co-operative, worked on agricultural statistics for the university and held a number of voluntary positions.

 

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Richard Vaughan

Richard Vaughan runs Pall Mall Farm, north of Tywyn. The farm is one of two holdings, totalling 550 acres, and is farmed by Richard and his wife Dwynwen. Most of the land is at Pant y Panel and Prysglwyd at Rhydymain near Dolgellau which has an abundance of natural resources and Richard has invested in a 100kw Hydro Scheme to make use of that as well as providing valuable extra income for an upland farm. A flock of 750 Welsh Mountain Sheep is kept, together with 150 ewe lambs as replacements. Approximately 30 store cattle are kept and fattened over the summer as well as around 100 cattle on contract on a large finishing unit in Northamptonshire.