Royal Welsh Agricultural Society appoints new Vice President

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has appointed Alwyn Rees as the new vice-chairman of the board.

Mr. Rees’ appointment follows the announcement of Nicola Davies’ appointment as Chairman of the Board earlier this year.

Mr Rees, who operates a farm at Caeceinach, Pennal in Meirionnydd, has been involved with the society for many years and contributes to several committees, currently chairing the Royal Welsh Winter Fair committee. He has judged many breeding competitions including the Welsh Mountain Hill Sheep section, Supreme Beef Champion at Royal Welsh and the Butchers Lamb Hill Breed section at the Winter Fair.

Mr. Rees’ dedication to the industry has earned him numerous accolades. In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Council of Awards for Royal Agricultural Societies. In 2015 he received the John Gittins Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to the Welsh sheep industry and in 2016 he chaired the Royal Welsh Grassland Event, hosted by Meirionnydd County at Rhug Estate, Corwen. Most recently, he was elected in his home county as the new chairman of Meirionnydd YFC.

Other previous industry roles include Chairman of the Meirionnydd Welsh Mountain Hill Sheep Society, Council Member for Wales for the British Charolais Society and Welsh President of the World Charolais Congress.

Her role as Vice Chairman of the Board will be to work with the newly appointed Chairman, Ms. Davies, to achieve the company’s goals and ambitions.

Ms Davies said Alwyn’s appointment is recognition of her commitment to RWAS for many years.

“He is a well-respected cattle and sheep farmer and has led the Winter Fair committee very well in his role as chairman,” she said.

“RWAS is very fortunate to have someone of his caliber ready to take on these important roles.”

Mr. Rees sincerely thanked the Board members for the honor and privilege of his appointment as Vice-Chair. He said he started exhibiting and being part of society over 40 years ago and was involved in the “engine room” of society. He looks forward to working with Nicola and the whole team.

Lana T. Arthur