10 November 2009
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has elected Helen Roberts, from Montgomeryshire, to serve as chairwoman of the rural youth organisation for the coming year.
Helen will be helped in her role heading the member-led organisation by new vice chairman Mark Williams, from Gwent, and Warwickshire’s James Chapman, who has been re-elected to serve a second term as vice chairman.
Helen, 33, lived on a beef and sheep farm near Welshpool in mid Wales until 2008, when she moved to live on a dairy farm in Pembrokeshire. She is Head of Delivery for Farming Connect, the Welsh Assembly Government’s flagship support scheme for Welsh farm businesses.
Helen was NFYFC vice chairwoman last year and has also served as training committee chairwoman for Wales YFC and as county chairwoman of Montgomery YFC.
Helen has chosen the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) as the organisation’s national charity for the year and among her aims is increasing opportunities for the organisation’s under-18s to have a say on decision-making at national level.
Helen said: “It is an honour to be elected chairwoman of NFYFC and I’m also very proud to be the first-ever person from Montgomery in the national role, and the first from Wales since 1990.”
Pailton and Warwickshire YFC's James Chapman, 28, is delighted to be serving a second term in office as NFYFC council vice chairman and continuing to give back to the organisation he has been a member of for 14 years.
Self-employed farm worker James said: “My goal this year is to raise awareness of all the really great things we do in YFC, particularly the huge amounts of fundraising,” he said.
Farm manager Mark Williams, 34, is from Gwent, and is a past chairman of Wales YFC, and chairman of Gwent county federation.
“It is a privilege to be elected and I look forward to supporting Helen during the coming 12 months, representing the grass roots membership and taking the organisation forward,” he said.
09 November 2009
Warwickshire College is launching the latest Fresh Start Academy covering Warwickshire and Worcestershire on 18 November, at the college's Suggett Centre, in Moreton Morrell.
The scheme offers valuable training in all aspects of rural business from a range of experts including financial advisers, business consultants, tenancy and diversification experts, and is an ideal stepping stone for people who either already run their own farms, or are newly qualified or recently involved in agriculture.
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