A special awards ceremony was held by the FUW to publicly recognise and thank those members of staff who have served the union for more than 25 years. Presenting the awards, FUW president glyn roberts said: “this is a new award, which recognises and shows our appreciation to those many staff who have been employed by the FUW, for 25 years or more. “it is often said that a company is only as good as its employee’s. and one thing we have a plenty at the FUW are excellent, dedicated staff who care about the organisation and who hold its values at their core.”
“I AM delighted to recognise and reward the five members of staff who have been with us for 25 years or longer. Between Kate Ellis Evans, Margaret Shepherd, Dai Jones, Huw Jones and Peter Davies there is more than 125 combined years service. “The FUW’s longest serving member of staff is, Kate Ellis Evans, who has been with the union for 37 years, having joined the union in January 1979 as a finance officer. “Kate is a highly regarded, efficient and very competent member of staff and we are very grateful to her for her loyalty and excellent work,” said Glyn Roberts. In addition to her work at the FUW, Kate also helps to run the family farm in Llanon with her husband, Ben. The couple keep approximately 700 sheep, and in addition run the butcher’s shop in Llanon as well as a holiday cottage business. Margaret Shepherd joined the FUW in March 1981 and has been employed by the union for 35 years. Margaret started as a clerk/typist and, then joined the finance department. Margaret subsequently moved into an administrative role and, for many years, has been the office supervisor. She is married to Jimmy, a postman from Aberystwyth and her son Bryn is starting his job as a teacher at Penllwyn Primary School, Capel Bangor, in September this year. “Margaret is responsible for running the head office in Aberystwyth and works closely with members of the central finance and organisation committee. Margaret is a much valued, very competent and an excellent member of staff and I am not sure what we would do without her,” said FUW president Glyn Roberts. Dai Jones, who has been employed by the FUW for 30 years, is the account executive for north Ceredigion, covering the area north of Llanrhystud and as far as Ponterwyd. He joined the FUW in December 1986, and met his wife, Elen, at an FUW annual business conference. At that time, Elen was an FUW area officer in Caernarfon. The couple run a 25 acre smallholding where they keep approximately 60 sheep. Their daughter, Manon, is a trainee solicitor at Messrs Arnold Davies, Vincent Evans & Son, Solicitors, Lampeter having graduated from Cardiff University. Dewi, their son, has just completed his second year studying agriculture at Aberystwyth university and will be spending a year gaining work experience with Menter a Busnes, before returning to university to complete his studies before graduating and gaining his degree in agriculture. Huw Jones, started as the county secretary in 1988 at the Dolgellau office. He is married to Eirian and has two daughters – Glesni and Mererid. Huw graduated from Aberystwyth university with a degree in History. He initially joined Barclays Bank plc and was with Barclays for four and a half years, working at their Leominster Branch before joining the FUW. “Huw has been tireless in his work approach and we thank him for all his hard work. He is a highly respected and an excellent member of staff and provides an outstanding service to members. There is no doubt that he always ensures that the FUW is very active and prominent in the farming community in Meirionnydd. “From organising events such as the farmhouse breakfast in his county, Huw has also participated in many other charity fundraising events such as the Welsh 3 Peaks and the Wales coast path walk,” said Glyn Roberts. Peter Davies started as the county executive officer for Carmarthen with the FUW in 1991 and was then appointed as the director of administration in 2006. Peter was also awarded with an MBE as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 1996. He is married to Barbara and they have 3 children – Michael, Robert and Kate. He has instigated a number of successful initiatives on behalf of the union. These include organising Welsh breakfasts at the National Assembly, House of Lords and at the European Parliament in Brussels; a dinner on the eve of the Welsh Dairy Show in Carmarthen; and the concept of parading a Welsh Black bull around Stradey Park to promote the quality of Welsh beef prior to Scarlets matches against French opposition in the Heineken European Cup. Peter also initiated three new prizes that have quickly established themselves as prestigious events in the farming calendar. These are awarded to people who have provided outstanding service to Welsh agriculture; outstanding service to the Welsh dairy industry, and outstanding service to agriculture in Carmarthenshire. In addition he has organised many events in Carmarthenshire, including a protest against the import of Brazilian beef. Peter also led opposition to the Army using local farmland for training purposes to demonstrate the strength of feeling against the ban on hunting with dogs. Outside agriculture, he has a wide experience of other organisations. Peter spent 12 years as a nonexecutive director of Carmarthenshire NHS Trust, and was chairman of the Trust Audit Committee for almost all of that time. He has served as a board member with S4C, and is past chairman of both Tai Cantref Housing Association and the enterprise agency, Antur Teifi. “Peter has had a long and successful career with us here at the FUW – long may it last- and his enthusiasm and tenacity are greatly appreciated. I thank him on behalf of the union for his excellent work contributions,” added Glyn Roberts.