Changes at top of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

11 December 2012

Changes at the top of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society following the recent appointment of Pembrokeshire farmer John Davies as chairman of the society’s board of directors, see his predecessor, David Lewis, of Llandysul, Ceredigion, take over as the new chairman of the society’s Council.

Mr Lewis was elected to the office at a meeting of the Council at Builth Wells when he succeeded Alun Evans of Tywyn, Merioneth, who has held the position since 2006.

Mr Evans is one of Wales’ best-known farmers. He is a former chairman of both the NFU Mutual Insurance Society and the Milk Marketing Board. He was a Nuffield Scholar and winner of a string of awards for services to agriculture. He received the OBE in 1985 and was made a CBE in 1996.

As chairman of the Royal Welsh board since 2006, David Lewis steered the society through several important phases of its development until he stepped down from the office in October. A well-known livestock auctioneer who revived the markets in Llandysul and Newcastle Emlyn, he is a successful breeder of pedigree Charolais cattle and is a former chairman and president of the Charolais cattle society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and was president of the Royal Welsh in 2005.

Another key change in the management of the RWAS will follow next May when the chief executive, David Walters, retires after 28 years. He will be succeeded by the newly-appointed chief executive designate, Steve Hughson, a senior officer with Dyfed-Powys Police.