Royal Welsh appoints Assistant Chief Executive

15 July 2013

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has appointed Aled Jones, aged 27, of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire as Assistant Chief Executive of the organisation.  He will join the staff of the society in September, working alongside Steve Hughson, who took over as the new Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh in May.

A chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer, Aled joined the Carmarthenshire firm of Rees Richards & Partners, Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents, as an assistant land agent in 2007 and became a partner of the firm in January this year.

A life governor of the RWAS and a member of the society’s Carmarthenshire County Advisory Committee, he is chairman of the recently-launched RWAS Young Members Forum and in this role he was co-opted to the society’s board of directors.

The chairman of the board, John T Davies, said Aled’s appointment brings much-needed skills and experience to the RWAS.  “As a chartered surveyor his knowledge and qualified business acumen will add value to the new top table of the society and, as assistant to the newly-appointed chief executive, further dynamic direction to this ever-growing organisation,” he said.

Chief Executive, Steve Hughson, said: “Aled has shown great potential as chair of the Young Members Forum and, together with his outstanding skills profile and personal attributes, will be a great support to me and an asset to this fantastic society.  In the

short time I have known Aled we have struck up an excellent working relationship and friendship.  We have similar interests and I know this will be a real strength as we work together.”

Aled, a Welsh speaker, was born and raised on the family’s 700 acre farm in Cwrt-y-Cadno, North Carmarthenshire.  He is a past chairman of the local YFC and last year was the Senior Member of the Year for England & Wales.  He is chairman of the 2014 European Rally Organising Committee and is on the working group to provide the vision for Welsh agriculture in 2050 and helped establish the Wales YFC Business Group.

He is a member of the South Wales and Monmouthshire branch of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and past chairman of the Young Valuers, a professional member of the NFU, and was recently selected on to the union’s Rural Surveyors Panel.

In his spare time he enjoys mountain walking, road cycling and other outdoor pursuits.  In 2011 he led the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge with fellow members of the South Wales CAAV to raise money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute and last year he accompanied the Wales YFC chairman on a 568 mile bike ride to support the Wales Air Ambulance.

Speaking of his appointment Aled, one of 17 applicants for the post, said: “I am absolutely delighted and I am looking forward to working alongside the new senior management team.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rees Richards and it is with great sadness that I leave, but the opportunity presented by this position is incredibly exciting and I hope that my skills and experience will be of benefit to the society.”