Former FUW director and ‘Lambassador’ honoured with MBEs

MARY JAMES

MARY JAMES

DAPHNE TILLEY

DAPHNE TILLEY

FORMER FUW agricultural policy director Mary James was awarded an MBE for services to agriculture in Wales in the New Year Honours List. Mary retired in September 2014 after a long career in agri-politics which spanned 37 years, beginning with the FUW in 1977 and, for the last 15 years, working for NFU Cymru. FUW head of policy Nick Fenwick said: “We wholeheartedly congratulate Mary on being honoured with an MBE. She has been an instrumental force in lobbying for the best interests of Welsh farmers for most of her life and is a household name in the Welsh farming community. “The industry is indebted to Mary for her work and dedication and it is fantastic to see recognition of this in the honours list,” Dr Fenwick added. In 1999 Mary became NFU Cymru’s deputy director/ head of policy before she was appointed director in 2008, taking over responsibility for the management, resources and policy direction. In 1996 she was made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies and in July 2002 she was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Royal Agricultural Societies in recognition of further contribution to the agricultural industry. She was also honoured with the FUW/United Counties Agricultural & Hunters Society award for outstanding service to agriculture in Carmarthenshire in 2014. Although retired Mary maintains a keen interest in the agricultural industry in Wales and remains a member of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Carmarthenshire advisory committee. Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Lambassador Daphne Tilley, one of Wales’ most famous and well-respected PGI Welsh Lamb producers, receives her MBE for services to the food industry, particularly Welsh Lamb. Mrs Tilley, of Henllan, Denbighshire, supplies top London restaurants and stores and her meat has been served to the Queen and US president Barack Obama. She is the founder of Daphne’s Original Welsh Lamb and is still involved in two family-owned farms in north Wales – while rubbing shoulders with some of the UK’s top chefs and supplying them with Welsh Lamb. Her farm regularly hosts visits from top chefs who travel to see the traditional farming practices that go into producing Welsh Lamb of the highest quality. HCC UK market development executive Sue Franklin said Mrs Tilley is passionate about farming and about her high quality PGI Welsh Lamb. “Daphne decided to cut out the middle-man more than a decade ago and set off to London to meet with Michelin starred chefs and get them to try her lamb which she would then sell directly. “As a result of this, her business has grown and her lamb has been served to the Queen, the US president and to Olympians at a celebratory dinner. Her famed Welsh Lamb has also proved a hit internationally with buyers from as far as the Middle East. “Her lambs are reared up to 1,000ft in the view of the Snowdonia mountain range and nurtured by clean westerly winds, rain and sun. “Daphne’s ethos for the business was all about quality; harnessing the unique conditions and landscape within Wales that creates an unrivalled product.”

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