National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 January 2020

Four YFC members have put themselves forward to lead the NFYFC Council and their official elections will take place during the Council meeting in February.

Current NFYFC Vice Chairman Dewi Parry from Clwyd FYFC is running for the position of Chairman of the NFYFC Council unopposed. After a year serving as a Vice Chairman and as Chairman of the Competitions Steering Group, Dewi feels he is equipped for the top job.

Dewi said: 'YFC is an amazing organisation, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the last year seeing how it has such a positive impact on the lives of so many people up and down the country. I would love the opportunity to spend a year as NFYFC Chairman of Council and to listen to how members want the future of NFYFC to look. Our biggest responsibility will always be to ensure YFC thrives so it fulfils the same purpose in the future as it has done for all of us.”

Dewi joined YFC back in 2008 and has held local and national positions – including supporting Wales YFC with its strategic review. Dewi has been an active member of NFYFC’s Board of Management for the last year and has contributed towards the organisation’s strategic plan.

Vice Chairmen 

In the supporting Vice Chairmen roles, there are three YFC members running for the two available positions.  Rachel Goldie from Great Smeaton YFC in Yorkshire is looking for re-election for a second year after standing for the position in 2019-20.  Rachel has had a busy year in the role as one of the leading members of the Vision:2023 strategy group. She has also been Vice Chairman of the Personal Development Steering Group. 

Rachel said: “I have really enjoyed my first year as Vice Chairman and getting out to different county events and meetings. Unfortunately my work and home life don’t allow me as much time as I would like but I will always endeavour to make as many events as possible and I am only on the other end of the phone for anyone that needs any support. I would really love to continue as Vice Chairman for a second year to support the Federation in moving forwards and working with the members.”

Lucy Stowell from Norfolk FYFC and Ed Dungait from Northumberland FYFC are also nominees for the position of Vice Chairmen and will present their cases for why they should be elected at the February Council meeting.

Lucy has held numerous positions at a club, county and area level and is now seeking a new challenge as one of the leading Council officers. In 2019-20 Lucy served as the Events and Marketing Steering Group Chairman, helping to shape the marketing of the organisation through activities such as National Young Farmers’ Week and YFC Ski.

Lucy said: “I am standing for the role as I have worked my way up through all the YFC roles in my club, county and area. I have enjoyed being a steering group chairman over the past twelve months and want to give myself a new challenge. I work with a lot of junior members and I want them to believe that if they want to achieve something then they can if they set their minds to it. I want to visit different counties and see how they do activities and events and work with counties on how to include junior members in activities.”

For Ed Dungait from Northumberland FYFC, it will be his first Council role – and it is thought it is also the first time anyone from Northumberland has stood for a top officer role. The arable farmer has been a member of Tritlington YFC since he was 16 years old and is eager to unite the organisation and promote how much it has to offer.

“If I get the job, I am looking forward to getting around the country and offering help where I can. I want to promote YFC and build unity across the country so we all work better together,” said Ed.

“Young Farmers offers so many opportunities but not all members make the most of them so I always spread the message to embrace YFC while you can. I have had a lot of success encouraging members at club and county level to do this so I would like to continue at national level too.

“I have enthusiasm in abundance, which is the most important thing. I want to promote the social and fun aspect of everything we do, as that’s the main reason we all join Young Farmers,” he added.

Board of Management 

All elected YFC members will also sit on the Board of Management during their year in office, alongside five other YFC members who have been appointed based on skills and experience.

The NFYFC Council will meet on 16 February where each candidate will be proposed and seconded for the roles ahead of Council voting on their appointments.

During the weekend, new Chairs and Vices of the five Steering Groups (AGRI, Competitions, Events and Marketing, Personal Development and the Youth Forum) will also be elected.

All YFC members should consult with their elected members of Council before the meeting to ensure their voices are heard on decisions that will be voted on. Full details and an agenda have been sent to all Council representatives. 

Opportunities for YFC members to join the NFYFC Council by being co-opted on to it are currently available too. For more information about getting involved, see here

Council biographies  

Chairman of Council

Dewi Parry, Betws-yn-Rhos YFC,  Clwyd FYFC

Assistant Manager of a Builders Merchants

As a Club Leader and one of the only active senior members of a small club, Dewi has learnt organisational skills, perseverance and how to motivate others. He has developed leadership skills through roles at County level and enjoyed organising the charitable Chairman’s challenge to cycle to every club in the county with members from every club during one weekend.

He got involved in helping Wales to compile its manifesto and strategic plan and was a member of NFYFC’s governance review working group. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Council and is also serving as NFYFC’s Competitions Steering Group Chairman, helping to shape the national competitions programme for 2019-20.

Nominees for two positions of Vice Chairmen of Council

Ed Dungait, Northumberland FYFC

Arable farmer

Ed is an enthusiastic member of Northumberland County Federation and joined his local club Tritlington when he was 16 years old. He has taken on club level roles – such as Secretary and Chairman, as well as being County Chairman in 2018-19, where he organised what members described as the best County AGM ever. Ed has won many awards during his time in YFC, including the Sidney Fawcett trophy for giving the best speech at NFYFC’s AGM in 2019.

Ed describes himself as positive, eager to listen and open-minded and has a mission to unite YFCs across the country. Ed claims YFC has given him confidence and friendships and he’s eager to promote the opportunities the organisation offers rural young people. 

Lucy Stowell, Dereham YFC, Norfolk FYFC

NFU Mutual Accounts Handler

Lucy has been an active member of Norfolk County Federation since she was 10 years old, rising from leading roles in Norfolk’s Countrysiders to becoming Chairman of Dereham YFC and County Chairman. Lucy has also held numerous area level roles and is currently NFYFC’s Events and Marketing Steering Group Chairman through her position on the NFYFC Council. She is passionate about supporting younger members to achieve their best and plans to visit counties to see the activities they run and work with them to involve younger members. Lucy believes YFC helped her to find her voice after joining as a shy 10 year old and she has gone on to gain qualifications and confidence. Lucy has a passion for the agricultural industry and the NFU’s work.


Rachel Goldie, Great Smeaton YFC, Yorkshire FYFC

Homeless Prevention Worker for 16-25 year olds 

Rachel is one of the two current Vice Chairmen of Council and has supported the Chairman of Council in their role in 2019-20. Rachel has been an active member of her club since she was 13 years old, holding club and county positions.  During 2019-20 Rachel has held the position of Vice Chairman of NFYFC’s Personal Development Steering Group, has been an active member of the Board of Management and also helped to steer the early work of the Vision:2023 group to gather feedback from YFC members.  


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