I was born in Abergele in 1954. After school I worked in a warehouse in Rome for 4 months, a fishing tackle factory in Sheffield for 6 months, and on a cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada for a year before studying at Cirencester Agricultural College for a year. It was while I was at Cirencester that I started, with a friend, a game dealing business which I was involved with for 3 years before moving to Coed Coch in 1978.
I started farming from scratch at Coed Coch in 1978 with sheep to start, adding single sucklers a couple of years later and continued as a family partnership until September 2016. Some time before this date I realised that for Coed Coch to be financially successful, after the demise of the Single Farm Payment a radical new approach was required and I was already in my 60’s. I decided that new young blood was needed to help spearhead the future. In October 2016 I started a new joint venture with Rhys Williams and Emyr Jones farming Romney sheep (with increased numbers on the same holding) using the New Zealand system of paddock grazing with large mobs. The system is working well (it has been a sharp learning curve) with pasture renewal top of the mist at the moment. I have found working with Rhys and Emyr invigorating, fascinating and very rewarding and the old adage ‘you are never too old to learn’ is certainly true in my case!
I have been a Steward at the Royal Welsh since 1977 when I started on the livestock gate, after a few years I became the Security Steward where I remained until I became Assistant Hon Director Administration in the late 80’s. In 1989 I became Deputy Show Director and took over as Hon Show Director in 1994, a role I have thoroughly enjoyed. The whole ethos of the Royal Welsh is that it’s a team effort and although I have sat on the Board for over 30 years, I feel privileged to have been involved in the Show for over 40 years and hugely honoured to have been elected President Elect for Clwyd’s Year in 2020.
I hope here begins a fun 2 years that Clwyd will be proud of.
Best wishes and so many thanks for all your support.