Why Tony would be an effective mentor

  • Tony has 30 years’ experience with solar PV, small wind turbines and biomass heating systems with further expertise in off-grid and battery storage systems.
  • He has expertise in assessing and choosing quotations from installers and knows all the pitfalls. Tony likes to keep up to date with all the latest technology
  • With a track record of applying for, and claiming, both the ‘Feed in Tariff’ (FiTs) and the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ (RHI) Tony has the expertise to guide claimants through the process.  Theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills and passion would make Tony an invaluable asset to any farmer considering investing in renewable energy.
  • Being a practical farmer with academic qualifications he has a broad outlook on the opportunities facing farmers starting new diversification projects.
  • His passion for renewable energy diversification started 30 years ago, which means he has a large network of contacts in the industry and regularly attends major renewable energy events.
  • Tony describes himself as a confident individual with an outgoing personality and enjoys meeting new people.
  • We have confidence that he’ll be able to support mentees to develop work schedules, set goals and achieve targets

Current farm business

  • Tony is a fifth-generation tenant farmer of Henfron Farm
  • 680Ha mountain farm with land up to 1700 ft, of which 80% is SSSI status
  • Fully organic, and is predominantly moorland grazed by Welsh Mountain sheep
  • The farm management focuses on environmental improvements with Glastir Organic, Glastir Advanced and Glastir Woodland Creation agreements
  • Has planted several hectares of woodland over the years
  • A small portfolio of properties are rented out, these also benefit from PV arrays.
  • Tony also has a small business producing biochar and charcoal.

Qualifications/ achievements/ experience

  • 2008:  Hybu Cig Cymru Scholarship to Norway researching cured meat products
  • 2010:  Nuffield Farming Scholarship, travelled worldwide researching marketing mutton
  • 2012: University of East London. Masters Degree (Merit) Renewable Energy
  • 2014: SMA Off-grid Renewable energy training course

TIPS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS

“Surround yourself with positive people.”

“There are always opportunities.”

“There is always an easier way to do something.”

“The busier you are the more essential it is to get away from the business.”