Glamorgan beef and sheep farmer Rachel Edwards-Walker has been elected as the chair of the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) education and training committee.

Edwards-Walker, who farms with her husband on their 120ac holding just outside Barry, Glamorgan, is a mobility scorer and a milk recorder outside of her on-farm duties.

Speaking on her appointment, Edwards-Walker said: “As part of my new role within FUW I want to ensure members know about the training opportunities available to them and how they can benefit them in running their farming businesses.  

“In addition to this I also hope to extend our schools outreach programme, which we have trialled very successfully here in Glamorgan.

“Helping our children learn about food and food production is something I’m as passionate about as helping our members learn about training and development opportunities.”

Edwards-Walker thanked the previous committee chair, Anwen Hughes, for “everything she has done in this capacity”.

“I wish her all the success in her new role as FUW regional vice president,” she said.


Earlier this month, the FUW appointed the first female chair of its insurance services board (FUWIS).

Ann Beynon had been a non-executive director of the board since 2016 and, during this time, was also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and was chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Beynon took over the position from Tom Jones, who served on the FUWIS board as its chair for over nine years.

Speaking on her appointment to the position, Beynon said: “I’m proud to take over from Tom who has been such a force for good and has led us in a measured, wise and proportionate manner.

“I sincerely thank Tom for his leadership over the last 9 years and everything he has done for the business.”