Former Principal Director of Harper Adams Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

Pic for the story by Professor Jo Wynne Jones who has announced his retirement

Professor Wynne Jones has been elected as the new Chairman of the Board of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society following the decision of Mr John T Davies to step down after ten years.

A well-known figure in the agricultural world, Professor Jones ]was purchased from the family farm at Dolwen, near Colwyn Bay. He attended the University College of North Wales, Bangor, where he graduated in agriculture in 1970. After a short spell working for the Animal Breeding Research Organization based in Scotland, he joined the University of Reading as a as a research assistant while undertaking research for the doctoral degree. of philosophy awarded in 1976.

Until 1988 he was Head of Animal Production at Welsh Agricultural College (now part of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences) in Aberystwyth. In 1988 he was appointed assistant principal and director of research at Harper Adams Agricultural College (now the university) and was appointed principal in 1996.

Professor Jones is a former chairman of Future Farmers of Wales, former chairman of Farming Connect Wales and former chairman of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust UK.

His personal contributions have been well recognized by the industry. In 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Lantra Cymru for his contribution to the environmental and earth industry. Earlier in 2009, he was awarded the OBE for services to higher agricultural education. In addition, he has held numerous positions on agricultural policy boards and advisory committees due to his knowledge and expertise.

His involvement with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society began in 1975 as a professional exhibitor with the then Welsh Agricultural College and later with Harper Adams University. He has been a judge on several competitions over the years, including the Sir Bryner Jones Prize on several occasions.

Professor Jones now lives in Aberystwyth with his wife Irfana, a retired lawyer, and has two daughters who are actively involved in their respective farming and rural business.

The role of Chairman of the Board will be to lead the Board in discussing proposals submitted through the various committees and counties in Wales. These proposals will then be included in the Company’s annual and strategic plans.

He said: “I follow in the footsteps of many committed people whose efforts have enabled the Society to enjoy such a prominent position in the business of rural Wales and beyond. I intend to devote my energies as Chairman of the Board to developing and building on these past successes.

The new chief executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Aled Rhys Jones said; “I look forward to working alongside such an experienced and respected figure within the agricultural industry. The skills and experiences Professor Jones has accumulated over his impressive career will be of great benefit to the Society as we chart our future course. We are beginning an exciting new chapter in the proud history of the Royal Welsh and Professor Jones will bring strong leadership and judgment. »

Lana T. Arthur