We constantly monitor the latest developments in the agricultural world in order to advise members, and lobby departments and bodies whose decisions affect Welsh agriculture.
Are you a member looking for advice and guidance on an agricultural policy issue? Contact your local office in the first instance, or become involved in the policy committees.
Head of Policy - Dr Nick Fenwick
Nick grew up on hill farms in the Talerddig and Machynlleth areas of Montgomeryshire. He studied chemistry and computational chemistry at Bangor University before returning to Montgomeryshire in 1999 to complete a PhD in Theoretical and Computational Statistical Chemistry. Prior to joining the FUW policy team in 2004, he ran a computer programming and consultancy business, specialising in IT for agricultural and rural businesses, and was also a project officer for the Forestry Commission/Heritage Lottery funded Story of the Forest oral history project. He is married to Elizabeth Sian, an artist, graphic designer and theatre designer. Elizabeth and Nick have two daughters, Myfanwy and Morfudd. In his spare time Nick enjoys playing and listening to music, and has written and recorded with numerous bands including Tystion, MC Mabon, Bazwca and Huw Haul.Selection of publications and articles:
- Testing times for tackling TB (Institute of Welsh Affairs, February 2017)
- Don't twist reality to create the wild Wales of English romantic myth (Guardian, 2013)
- Modelled impacts of badger culling on cattle TB in a real area with geographic boundaries (Veterinary Record, 2011)
- Welsh farmers will be relieved that the badger cull is going ahead (Guardian, 2010)
- A Portrait of Machynlleth and its Surroundings (Coch-y-Bonddu Books, 2009)
- Computer simulation of a Langmuir trough experiment carried out on a nanoparticulate array (Journal of Chemical Physics, 2001)
- The rapid and accurate determination of germ tube emergence site by Blumeriagraminisconidia (Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 2000)
Senior Policy Officer- Dr Hazel Wright
Dr Hazel Wright possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Parasitology from Aberystwyth University. Hazel was appointed as the FUW's Commodities Policy Officer in 2008 and was promoted to the position of Senior Policy Officer in 2010. Prior to these appointments, she was involved in post-doctoral research projects encompassing a wide range of topics; including host-parasite interactions, energy budgets and trade-offs and parasite proteomics. Such projects included an investigation into the survival mechanisms of the sheep liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica and an examination of the ways in which parasite infection can alter the carcase quality of the host under a variety of feeding and growth regimes.
Hazel has published in a variety of peer reviewed scientific journals and has a strong interest in disease biology. Hazel represents the Union on various groups such as the DairyUK Action Group for Johne’s disease and the Animal Welfare Network Wales.
Policy Officer- Charlotte Priddy
Charlotte was appointed as Policy Officer in 2016 and she specialises in Rural Development – inparticular focusing on the Rural Development Plan and wider Agri-Environmental schemes. Day to day Charlotte’s role can be very varied, but each day is based upon advancing the interests of the members of the FUW and working with other organisations to help create a rural Wales that is not just sustainable but resilient, for future generations. Charlotte facilitates the Younger Voice for Farming Committee and the Farm Diversification Committee, and along with this represents the FUW on a number of external committees including the Programme Monitoring Committee for the Rural Development Plan. Since joining the Union
Charlotte has started learning Welsh understanding just how important the language is to many in Wales, particularly those in farming communities.
Policy Officer- Bernard Griffiths
After a short spell as an assistant nurseryman with Ceredigion County Council, Bernard joined ADAS (Agricultural Development and Advisory Service) at Pwllpeiran Experimental Husbandry Farm at Cwmystwyth in the Cambrian Mountains where he "enjoyed a career spanning over 30 years” working on a wide range of research and some consultancy projects in the agriculture and environmental sectors. The trials work he undertook involved animal husbandry, nutrition studies, breeding, animal health and welfare, and system studies in the hills and uplands. Following the withdrawal from the site in 2011 he spent approximately two years in the arable crop production team. He has published in scientific journals on various topics including
- (1997) Stocking rate comparisons on semi-natural rough grazings in the Cambrian Mountains. In Grassland Management in the ‘Environmentally Sensitive Areas’
- (2000) The strategic use of feed blocks to manage sheep grazing in the uplands. In Grazing Management: The principles and practices of grazing, for profit and environmental gain, within temperate grassland systems.
- (2002) The Impact of Environmentally Sensitive Areas Policy in Relation to Conservation and Farming Objectives in Conservation Pays?
- (2002) n-alkane concentration in semi-natural plant species found in upland areas of the UK
- (2008) Comparative diet selection by cattle and sheep grazing two contrasting heathland communities
He joined the Farmers’ Union of Wales policy team as a Land Use Policy Officer in April 2014.