In their role as FUW representatives they exclusively speak on behalf of the Farmers of Wales at local, national and international level, and frequently represent the Union at ministerial meetings, stakeholder workshops and local branch meetings.
Glyn Roberts - President
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.
Ian Rickman - Deputy President
Ian is a Carmarthenshire sheep farmer, who is a past county chairman of the FUW in Carmarthenshire, and has held the position of chairman of the hill farming and marginal land committee.He was elected as Vice President of the FUW in 2017 and over the past 2 years he has worked tirelessly to represent the Union and its members at a variety of Welsh Government meetings, at farm visits with MPs and AMs highlighting why #FarmingMatters and has represented the Union in a host of media interviews.
Ian is married to Helen and they have three sons. The family lives at Gurnos, an upland sheep farm near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. The farm extends to 220 acres with Common Grazing Rights on the Black Mountain, and Ian is a member of the Management Committee of the Black Mountain West Graziers Association.
Eifion Huws - North Wales Vice President
Eifion has been an active member of the finance and organisation committee for the past six years. He farms at Penrhos, Bodedern, a dairy farm with a 140-head pedigree Ayrshire herd which has an outstanding production and show record.
He is a highly respected Ayrshire cattle judge, travels the length and breadth of the country, and in Europe, representing the dairy industry in the hope of acquiring better conditions and prices for farmers.
Brian Bowen- Mid Wales Vice President
Brian farms at Pencoedcae Farm, Princetown, near Tredegar, where he runs a mixed suckler cow and hill sheep unit. The farm consists of 150 acres of owned land with a further 1000 rented acres and 1200 acres of common rights on three separate commons. He runs the farm, along with his father, mother and son.
He served as FUW Brecon and Radnor vice chairman from 2008 and was elected as its county chairman in 2010. He has been the Brecon and Radnor delegate on the FUW livestock, wool and marts committee since 2009 and currently serves as its vice chairman.
Dai Miles- South Wales Vice President
Dai is a Pembrokeshire dairy farmer and chairman of the milk and dairy produce committee. He is also one of the 4 founding directors of Calon Wen, an organic milk co-operative that not only sells on its members' milk to processors but has created its own brand of dairy products which are available through all major retailers in Wales and UK wide via distributors.
In 1997, in partnership with his wife Sharron, the couple took on the tenancy of Barnsley Farm, a 143 acres farm in West Wales. At the time it was a stock/arable unit which they converted into an organic dairy unit starting with 33 cows and leased milk quota. In 2001 they took on a further 90 acres of pasture land and then in 2005 the neighbouring farm within the same estate. At the moment the couple have 120 cows and 65 youngstock. Cropping is mainly grass, however arable silage, forage rape and fodder beet are part of the rotation farming approx. 300 plus acres.