Deputy Minister appoints new members to the board of Hybu Cig Cymru

Mar 21 2012

Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Alun Davies, has today announced the appointment of four new members to the board of Hybu Cig Cymru.

The Deputy Minister has appointed Mr Prys Morgan to represent the processing sector, Mr Richard Rogers and Mr Richard Tudor to represent the producer sector and Mr Gwynn Angell Jones as an independent member.

In addition, the Deputy Minister has invited seven of the existing HCC Board members to remain on the Board for a further term of three years. All seven have accepted their re-appointment from the 1st of April 2012.

To ensure the HCC Board has a continually developing membership, members are replaced on an ongoing basis. This policy seeks to strike a balance between experience and continuity and the need to replenish the HCC Board with new members who can add to the expertise of the Board. Approximately 30 per cent of Board members are replaced every three years, to ensure a continually developing membership as well as ensuring business continuity is maintained.

Announcing the appointments, the Deputy Minister said: I am delighted to appoint the four new members to the board of HCC. I am sure their expertise will contribute greatly to the already excellent work that HCC is doing to promote Welsh meat both at home and abroad.

HCC Chairman Dai Davies said: I look forward to welcoming the four new Board members to the team, and I am confident that they will help guide the development and promotion of the Welsh red meat industry to even greater heights in the future.

Gwynn Angell Jones lives in Y Felinheli, Caernarfon and founded his company, GwynnAngell and Associates, in 1998. He undertakes consultancy roles across a range of business and charitable sectors.

He worked with the Wales Tourist Board for 10 years in Machynlleth and Swansea before becoming the first head of operations for Inter Hotels UK, tasked with restructuring a worldwide marketing and purchasing consortium. He later joined Hamdden Ltd as Managing Director before moving to run Cardiff (university) Union Services.

Mr Jones worked as Director for Wales of Ontrac Marketing, and later became the first head of marketing and supporter development for the National Trust in Wales. He has served on the Wales Government Ministerial advisory committee on tourism matters and the Wales Government Ministerial advisory committee on food strategy. He was chair of the Phab Wales charity for eight years and currently runs a charity raising funds for a hospital in Jowai in North East India.

Prys Morgan is the Sheep Procurement Controller withVION FoodGroup, responsible for purchasing lambs for the company's red meat business unit throughout Britain. The company supplies major retailers both in the UK and abroad.

Mr Morgan works closely with allelementsof the red meat industry to help improve efficiency and to meet the specific requirements of their customers. He has a joint honours degree in Agriculture and Bio-chemistry,and an MSc in Rural Resource Management from Bangor University. Mr Morgan previously worked for the Meat and Livestock Commission as Industry Development Manager until 2003, when he took up the same role with the newly-formed HCC until 2008.

Richard Rogers farms in Anglesey in partnership with his parents. The farm comprises of 1,700 head of breeding ewes and 300 head of beef cattle, and is involved in numerous projects including being a Farming Connect Demonstration Farm.

Mr Rogers is an active member of the Anglesey Grassland Society and of the National Farmers Union and is a company director involved in the development of a number of renewable energy projects.

Richard Tudor farms a 700 acre upland beef and sheep farm at Llysun, Llanerfyl. The farm has a 1500 strong Mule, Texel and Aberdale flock producing lambs for Waitrose. The 140 Saler and Simmental suckler herd produce young store bulls and finished cattle. He places great emphasis on meat production from grass.

HCC is a company wholly owned by the Welsh Government. Although appointments to HCC do not come within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, appointments are made using a process which takes into account the Commissioner's Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies as best practice.

The seven members who are continuing their service on the Board of HCC are: John Brereton, John Collins, Professor William Haresign, Graham Probert, Glyn Roberts, Wyn Williams and John Yeomans. Chairman of the Board is Dai Davies.

Dai Davies (Chairman) is a former President of NFU Cymru and farms a 520-acre dairy, beef and cereal enterprise in Carmarthenshire. Mr Davies has also held a number of other posts including Chairman of the West Carmarthenshire Welsh Language Centre and is a former President of the Whitland Young Farmers Club.

John Brereton is a full equity partner in a livestock auction business in Oswestry and is a qualified chartered surveyor. He has a wide experience in livestock auctioneering, estate management and rurally based general practice. He is currently a member of the Welsh Livestock Auctioneers Association, having been a past Chairman.

John Collins graduated in politics and law from Aberystwyth University in 1977 and qualified as a solicitor in 1980. He is currently a consultant with Peter Williams and Company, Solicitors in Swansea. He sits as a Deputy District Judge of the High Court, in the Civil and Family jurisdiction. He is an Independent Member of the National Delivery Group and Chairs the Shared Services Committee for NHS Wales. He is a Non-Executive Director at Swansea Building Society and holds a number of professional conduct roles including at the General Teaching Council for Wales, Architects Registration Board and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Professor William Haresignis a farmer's son from Lincolnshire with a BSc in Animal Production Science and a PhD in sheep reproduction. He has been Professor of Agriculture at Aberystwyth University since 1996 and he was involved in establishing the European 5b funded Welsh Sheep Strategy. He has been actively involved in a range of sheep breeding research projects designed to help the industry improve its technical efficiency, and is Deputy Director of the new IBERS

Graham Probert farms 250 acres in South East Wales. His farm has been used as a HCC demonstration farm and more recently as an organic demonstration farm. He has an honours degree in Business and Economics and vast knowledge of the industry through his previous involvement as chairman of Future Farmers of Wales. In 2011 he was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Agricultural Societies for facilitating knowledge transfer within the agricultural industry.

Glyn Roberts farms 400 acres in Ysbyty Ifan, Snowdonia as a tenant of the National Trust and is the current Deputy President of the Farmers' Union of Wales.

Wyn Williams is the Group Procurement Manager for Dunbia with responsibilities which cover factory sites throughout the UK and Ireland. He also sits on the Board of Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers Ltd and a local farmer co-operative, Pontbren Ltd. He lives on a 250 acre hill farm in Montgomeryshire.

John Yeomans has an upland beef and sheep farm in Powys with a herd of mainly crossbred Limousin cows and Beulah ewes. His farm has been used as both a Welsh Sheep Strategy TIR farm and a Farming Connect demonstration farm and he has had a long involvement with the Farmers' Union of Wales

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