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Rural Leadership 2018

Here's the successful candidates for the 2018 Rural Leadership programme.



Alison Harvey

Tregaron, Ceredigion

“I aspire to being part of creating the foundations for a ‘new’ Welsh agriculture and of driving the sector forward and of promoting our incredible ‘brand Wales’.  I hope that being in the Agri Academy will give me the confidence, skills and new networks to support me in this.”

Annie James

Llandysul, Carmarthenshire

She hopes that being part of the Agri Academy will help further her ambitions to stand up for issues she believes are critical to the industry in Wales today, particularly as it faces Brexit with its implications for rural communities.   

Deanna Jones

Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion

“We need to ensure the Welsh voice is heard and the needs of the agricultural sector prioritised, both in terms of small rural communities and also in trade negotiations. I believe that being part of the Agri Academy Rural Leadership progamme will give me some of the tools to help me contribute to that agenda.”

Dr Edward Thomas Jones

Holyhead, Anglesey

“Throughout my academic studies and professional career, I have sought to find new ways of thinking and innovative solutions to address business problems. Participating in the Agri Academy will expose me to the decision making process and policy makers tasked with determining the future of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales.”

Dr Eilir Sion Hughes

Pwllheli, Gwynedd

“I believe I will gain confidence in my ability to lead and contribute to life in this part of Wales if I take advantage of opportunities such as those offered by the Agri Academy.”

Ffion Medi Rees

Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

“I hope that the skills and experience I gain through the Agri Academy will give me the confidence and know-how to set up my own new business at home on the farm, and I’m also keen to use my marketing skills to help other Welsh farmers capitalise on any opportunities.”

Georgina Cornock-Evans

Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire

“I hope that with the experience and skills I gain through the Agri Academy, together with a new network of mentors and similarly ambitious farmers, I’ll be able to contribute more to Welsh rural life and also have the confidence and skills to help us expand and develop our agricultural business.”

Hywel Morgan

Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

Hywel believes that being part of the Agri Academy, where he’ll meet similarly focused and dynamic individuals from rural backgrounds, will help him develop both his leadership and networking skills, enabling him to achieve his personal goals. 

Joanne Davies

Llandrindod Wells, Powys

“I’m looking forward to being part of the Rural Leadership programme and hope that it will give me the opportunity to talk openly about mental health issues, which are often prevalent yet not widely discussed in farming circles.”

Kate Miles

Tonmawr, Port Talbot

“I’m sure being part of the Agri Academy will be beneficial and help me develop leadership skills that will enhance my credibility as a business owner.”

Manon Hawys Williams

Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire

A firm believer in ‘brand Wales’, Manon hopes that by taking part in the Agri Academy she will be inspired and encouraged to develop her leadership and networking skills and contribute to shaping the industry as it gears up for the future.

Rhodri Thomas

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Opportunities to help the industry become more effective alongside through introducing innovation and technology are high on Rhodri’s agenda and he hopes being part of the Agri Academy will enable him to help shape the future direction of both agriculture and food production.

“I am looking forward to putting forward not just my own ideas, but those of others, especially young farmers, to help protect the future of the industry for all.”