In their roles as Official FUW Representatives, the Presidential Policy Team speak exclusively on behalf of the Farmers of Wales at local, national and international levels. They also frequently represent the Union at ministerial meetings, stakeholder workshops and local branch meetings.
Glyn Roberts, FUW President
Glyn is currently focussing on getting farmers in Wales the best deal possible post Brexit, including a partnership deal based on commitment, support and sustainability.
With no family background in farming, Glyn completed a full-time course at Glynllifon in 1976 and by 1992 had won the Farm Management Competition at the National Eisteddfod. Glyn continues to strive to learn all he can about the industry, and now runs a successful 350 acre farm rearing sheep and cows in Snowdonia.
Prior to being elected as FUW President, Glyn held prestigious roles both within and outside the organisation including serving as non-executive director on the board of Hybu Cig Cymru by Welsh Assembly Government appointment; as FUW Vice President for eight years (2004-2011); on the FUW finance and organisation committee (2003-2004) and as FUW chairman in Caernarfonshire (1999-2002).
Glyn is also the treasurer of the National Trust Tenants’ Society for the Ysbyty Ifan Estate (1993-present), and is the secretary of Ysbyty Ifan Sheepdog Trials (1998-present).
Ian Rickman, FUW Deputy President
Ian is a Carmarthenshire sheep farmer, who is a past county chairman of the FUW in Carmarthenshire, and has held the position of chairman of the hill farming and marginal land committee.He was elected as Vice President of the FUW in 2019 and has worked tirelessly to represent the Union and its members at a variety of Welsh Government meetings, at farm visits with MPs and AMs highlighting why #FarmingMatters and has represented the Union in a host of media interviews.
Ian is married to Helen and they have three sons. The family lives at Gurnos, an upland sheep farm near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. The farm extends to 220 acres with Common Grazing Rights on the Black Mountain, and Ian is a member of the Management Committee of the Black Mountain West Graziers Association.
Eifion Huws, North Wales Vice President
Eifion has been an active member of the finance and organisation committee for the past six years. He farms at Penrhos, Bodedern, a dairy farm with a 140-head pedigree Ayrshire herd which has an outstanding production and show record.
He is a highly respected Ayrshire cattle judge, travels the length and breadth of the country, and in Europe, representing the dairy industry in the hope of acquiring better conditions and prices for farmers.
Brian Bowen, Mid Wales Vice President
Brian farms a mixed suckler cow and hill sheep unit near Tredegar. The farm consists of 150 acres of owned land with a further 1000 rented acres and 1200 acres of common rights on three separate commons. He runs the farm, along with his father, mother and son.
He served as FUW Brecon and Radnor Vice Chairman from 2008 and was elected as its County Chairman in 2010. He has been the Brecon and Radnor delegate on the FUW livestock, wool and marts committee since 2009 and currently serves as its Vice Chairman.
Dai Miles, South Wales Vice President
Dai is a Pembrokeshire dairy farmer and chairman of the milk and dairy produce committee. He is also one of the 4 founding directors of Calon Wen, an organic milk co-operative that not only sells on its members' milk to processors but has created its own brand of dairy products which are available through all major retailers in Wales and UK wide via distributors.
In 1997, in partnership with his wife Sharron, the couple took on the tenancy of Barnsley Farm, a 143 acres farm in West Wales. At the time it was a stock/arable unit which they converted into an organic dairy unit starting with 33 cows and leased milk quota. In 2001 they took on a further 90 acres of pasture land and then in 2005 the neighbouring farm within the same estate. At the moment the couple have 120 cows and 65 youngstock. Cropping is mainly grass, however arable silage, forage rape and fodder beet are part of the rotation farming approx. 300 plus acres.