Rachel is a partner in a 270-acre hill farm with hill rights along with her husband and three children. They keep sheep and are building up a suckler herd of Welsh Black cattle. Rachel comes to NFU Cymru with significant experience in the agricultural industry and has joined them from Menter a Busnes where she was the Development Manager for the Farming Connect Knowledge Transfer Programme. She has a BSc in Environmental Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in European Rural Development.
The Environment/Rural Affairs Adviser role is a new position in NFU Cymru and will allow greater resource to be dedicated to this increasingly important area.
Rachel will take the lead for NFU Cymru on RDP Wales and the various schemes that will run under the next RDP as well as on all Environment related issues in Wales. Rachel will be NFU Cymru’s main contact for engagement with Natural Resources Wales and with other statutory and non-statutory bodies involved with environmental and rural policy formulation and implementation.
Commenting on her new appointment, Rachel said, “This is an exciting time in my career and I am very much looking forward to working for NFU Cymru. Environmental issues are of increasing importance to farmers and I hope to represent members’ interests and lobby effectively whilst keeping them up-to-date and informed of the latest developments.”
Welcoming Rachel to the team, Mary James, NFU Cymru Director, said, “I would like to welcome Rachel to the organisation. Rachel has a wealth of practical farming experience which combined with her knowledge and understanding of environmental and rural matters will place NFU Cymru in good stead for dealing with some really big issues that are on the horizon such as the next Rural Development Plan for Wales and a further review of Glastir.”