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Who's who

Last updated: 03 Feb 2014

Stephen James - PresidentStephen James_200_150

Stephen James farms in partnership with his wife Joyce and son Daniel. They have a 500 acre farm with 330 dairy cows.

Stephen is a former PembrokeshireNFUCymru County Chairman. He is a former President of the Pembrokeshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and is a Board Director of the Clynderwen & Cardiganshire Farmers. Stephen is very active in his community, including being a local school governor.


John Davies, Pentre_275_183John Davies - Deputy President

John Davies farms with his family in Merthyr Cynog, near Brecon. He is married to Menna with two children, Sioned and Brychan. He has 100 suckler cows, 1,000 ewes, and runs a silage contracting business and holiday accommodation.

John is currently club leader of his local Pontfaen YFC and a community councillor. he was President of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society in 2012 and currently sits on the RWAS Board of Management.

John Mercer - Director

John Mercer is the Director of NFUCymru and is based in Builth Wells. John Mercer_275_164He has overall responsibility for the management, resources and policy direction of NFUCymru. Originally from Llandovery, where his family are livestock farmers, John Mercer has worked his way up through the ranks of the NFU over recent years.


He started with NFUCymru in 2004 as a Farm Policy Adviser before moving to NFU Headquarters to take up a senior policy adviser position he then went on to become the NFU Regional Director in the West Midlands before returning to his roots in Wales.

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Dylan Morgan - Deputy Director and Head of Policy

Dylan Morgan is the Deputy Director and Head of Policy for NFU Cymru and he is also based in Builth Wells. Mr Morgan was born and bred on a small family farm and gained a BSc honours degree in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University.

Dylan joined NFU Cymru in August 2001 as a Policy Research Adviser before becoming a Policy Adviser for the Union in November 2001. In April 2008 Dylan moved to the NFU Headquarters in Stoneleigh to take up the role of Chief Livestock Adviser. Prior to working for NFU Cymru Dylan worked for five years as an Animal Health Officer for the State Veterinary Service.

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Communications Adviser – Daniel Johns

Based at NFUCymru’s Headquarters in Llanelwedd.

You can contact Daniel Johns on:

T: 01982 554200

M: 07860 423299

E: ZGFuaWVsLmpvaG5zQG5mdS5vcmcudWs=

NFU Cymru Organisation Structure

Local Branch Committees within each County discuss issues and decisions which are then passed on to a full Committee at each of the 11 County levels. NFU Cymru feel that the views of grass roots members is paramount to the success of our policies and decision making.

Welsh Boards decide and agree policies which are then put to politicians and officials when making decisions on agricultural issues in the Welsh Assembly. There are four main Welsh Boards; Welsh Livestock, Welsh Less Favoured Area (LFA), Welsh Milk and Dairy Produce and the Rural Affairs Board. Day to day activities rest with the Welsh Management Board.

Livestock Board                                               

wyn evans livestock chairman_31652Chairman: Mr Wyn Evans

Wyn farms at Nantbyr Uchaf, a farm which fringes the Ystwyth Valley. The farm comprises of suckler cows, store cattle and sheep, most of which are Tregaron Welsh, crossed with a Charolais ram, Wyn has also introduced a Bluefaced Leicester cross Texel ram which he will be keeping replacements from. Wyn is always looking at how his farm can become more sustainable and hopes to grow more protein crops for the cattle in the future. Wyn is currently Chairman of the Ystwyth Valley agricultural discussion group, Community Councillor for Ystrad Meurig ward, and is also the current President of Ceredigion NFU Cymru.

Vice Chairman: Mr Jonathan Huntley


Milk Board
Aled Jones_25406Chairman: Mr Aled Jones

An eighth generation dairy farmer, Aled farms near Caernarfon with a large herd of Holsteins and sells his milk to Tomlinson’s Dairies in Wrexham. Aled is currently Vice-Chairman of the Holstein UK Board, Chairman of the Cattle Information Services (CIS) and a member of the Welsh Dairy Leadership board.

Vice Chairman: Mr Jonathan Wilkinson 

Rural Affairs Board                                           

Hedd pugh_31592Chairman: Mr Hedd Pugh

Hedd is an upland beef and sheep farmer in Dinas Mawddwy and keeps Welsh Mountain sheep as well as cross breeds and has a small herd of suckler cows. Away from the farm, Hedd also keeps a busy diary and is currently the NFU Cymru representative on Wales YFC council. He is on the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society council, is a Life President of Meirionnydd YFC and is also a member on two boards: Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers in Aberystwyth and Llandrillo Menai College.

Vice Chairman: Mr Glyn Davies


Less Favoured Area (LFA) Board

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Chairman: Mr John Owen

John farms at Golygfa’r Dyffryn, Rowen, along with his wife and son. This is some of the highest terrain in Snowdonia and stretches from the Conwy river up to the dizzying heights of Carnedd Llewelyn. He keeps Pedigree and Commercial flocks of sheep, and all the stock is sold through the live market at nearby Llanrwst. John was made an associate of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society in 2011 for his services to Welsh Agriculture.

Vice Chairman: Mr Richard Tudor

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