Wrexham and Flint
Jessamy Ashton is the Farming Connect development officer for the Wrexham and Flint area. Jessamy takes over the role temporarily from Gwenno Puw-Rowlands who is currently on maternity leave.
Brought up on the family beef and sheep farm near Llanidloes, Jessamy still helps out with day to day farming duties. After graduating in politics and parliamentary studies at the University of Leeds, which included an internship at Westminster where she worked for a prominent MP, she then moved to the Midlands. She took on marketing and advertising roles with both a leading car manufacturer and major publishing company before deciding in 2019 to return home to help her family with their plans to set up a new tourism enterprise.
Jessamy says that over many years, her family has accessed a wide range of Farming Connect support services, including the Advisory Service and one-to-one mentoring as well as specialist guidance to help develop their diversification proposals.
“Farming Connect has something to offer every agricultural family, including forestry and horticulture businesses, and having seen how much help my family has had, I hope I will be a persuasive advocate.”
Before joining Farming Connect’s team of development officers, Jessamy was selected to take part in the service’s ‘Business boot camp’ project which she says gave her a thorough insight into the wide range of services on offer. Now, this classically trained soprano is determined to make sure that despite day to day life being very different due to the Covid 19 restrictions, she continues to help businesses access all services and projects which for the foreseeable future, will only be available digitally or by phone.
Currently waiting to see how the discussion groups she facilitates for beef, sheep and dairy farmers come to terms with digital or phone meetings, Jessamy and colleagues at Menter a Busnes are hoping that members will soon be able to view online presentations before getting together via the web or phone to discuss what they’ve learned.