Policy Team

We constantly monitor the latest developments in the agricultural world in order to advise members, and lobby departments and bodies whose decisions affect Welsh agriculture.

Are you a member looking for advice and guidance on an agricultural policy issue? Contact your local office in the first instance, or become involved in the policy committees.
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Head of Policy - Dr Nick Fenwick

Nick grew up on hill farms in the Talerddig and Machynlleth areas of Montgomeryshire. He studied chemistry and computational chemistry at Bangor University before returning to Montgomeryshire in 1999 to complete a PhD in Theoretical and Computational Statistical Chemistry. Prior to joining the FUW policy team in 2004, he ran a computer programming and consultancy business, specialising in IT for agricultural and rural businesses, and was also a project officer for the Forestry Commission/Heritage Lottery funded Story of the Forest oral history project. He is married to Elizabeth Sian, an artist, graphic designer and theatre designer. Elizabeth and Nick have two daughters, Myfanwy and Morfudd. In his spare time Nick enjoys playing and listening to music, and has written and recorded with numerous bands including Tystion, MC Mabon, Bazwca and Huw Haul.

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Senior Policy Officer - Dr Hazel Wright

Dr Hazel Wright possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Parasitology from Aberystwyth University. Hazel was appointed as the FUW's Commodities Policy Officer in 2008 and was promoted to the position of Senior Policy Officer in 2010. Prior to these appointments, she was involved in post-doctoral research projects encompassing a wide range of topics; including host-parasite interactions, energy budgets and trade-offs and parasite proteomics. Such projects included an investigation into the survival mechanisms of the sheep liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica and an examination of the ways in which parasite infection can alter the carcase quality of the host under a variety of feeding and growth regimes.

Hazel has published in a variety of peer reviewed scientific journals and has a strong interest in disease biology. Hazel represents the Union on various groups such as the DairyUK Action Group for Johne’s disease and the Animal Welfare Network Wales.

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Policy Officer - Charlotte Priddy

Charlotte was appointed as Policy Officer in 2016 and she specialises in Rural Development – inparticular focusing on the Rural Development Plan and wider Agri-Environmental schemes. Day to day Charlotte’s role can be very varied, but each day is based upon advancing the interests of the members of the FUW and working with other organisations to help create a rural Wales that is not just sustainable but resilient, for future generations. Charlotte facilitates the Younger Voice for Farming Committee and the Farm Diversification Committee, and along with this represents the FUW on a number of external committees including the Programme Monitoring Committee for the Rural Development Plan. Since joining the Union

Charlotte has started learning Welsh understanding just how important the language is to many in Wales, particularly those in farming communities.

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Policy Officer - Bernard Griffiths

After a short spell as an assistant nurseryman with Ceredigion County Council, Bernard joined ADAS (Agricultural Development and Advisory Service) at Pwllpeiran Experimental Husbandry Farm at Cwmystwyth in the Cambrian Mountains where he "enjoyed a career spanning over 30 years” working on a wide range of research and some consultancy projects in the agriculture and environmental sectors. The trials work he undertook involved animal husbandry, nutrition studies, breeding, animal health and welfare, and system studies in the hills and uplands. Following the withdrawal from the site in 2011 he spent approximately two years in the arable crop production team. 

He has published in scientific journals on various topics including stocking rate comparisons, the strategic use of feed blocks to manage sheep grazing, the Impact of Environmentally Sensitive Areas policy, alkane concentration in semi-natural plant species found in upland areas and the Comparative diet selection by cattle and sheep grazing in two contrasting heathland communities.

Bernard works as a part time policy officer for the FUW and his work area currently includes pesticides, vehicles and licensing, waste management, planning, access policy and education and training.

Bernard is married to Hazel and they have two grown up children, Sion and Elin. In his spare time he likes gardening, training working sheepdogs and follows rugby.

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Policy Officer - Aled Jones

After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1996,which included a sandwich year in New Zealand working in the dairy industry, Aled returned to the family farm near Cilycwm, Llandovery. As well as farming Aled also worked part-time as a lecturer in Gelli Aur Agricultural College teaching Business and Accounting and Animal Husbandry. 

After deciding to cease dairy farming In 2004 he moved on to a full time position working as a Farm Business Consultant for Promar International prior to joining the FUW as County Executive Officer for Brecon and Radnor in September 2005.  Aled was then Senior Regional Officer for Brecon and Radnor & Ceredigion from 2018. Aled continues to farm mostly sheep on the family farm and is also Secretary of his local Commons Association and Treasurer of Cilycwm Agricultural Show. He joined the FUW policy team in January 2020.

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Policy Communications Officer - Gareth Parry

Gareth comes from an agricultural family background in the areas of Tywyn and Bala but grew up in Llanfarian, Aberystwyth.  He was recruited as the new position of Policy Communications Officer in June 2019, one month before graduating from Aberystwyth University with a First grade Honours Degree in Agriculture and Business studies.  As Policy Communications Officer, he is responsible for communicating key updates from the Policy Team through numerous platforms to our valued members, stakeholders organisations and AMs & MPs.
In his spare time, Gareth competes as a co-driver in Rallying at a National level, having won the BTRDA Production Cup Championship in 2019.  His other claim to fame is having competed in Barbados on two separate occasions.