Gwyn Jones was born into a hill farming family in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Gwyn trained as an engineer with Rolls Royce in Shropshire, and worked in London for a short time before deciding to go back to agriculture, working on a large estate in North Wales whilst attending college.
He spent a short spell at Moulton College of Agriculture, Northamptonshire, running the beef and sheep units and teaching students, before making his home at Crouchlands Farm in West Sussex in 1979.
A 200 cow dairy unit was built at Crouchlands in 1983, and expanded over a number of years to 750 cows, but were recently reduced to 350 and a 1.5 mega-watt anaerobic digester was integrated into the farm business, with both milk and electricity sold to Sainsbury’s.
After 35 years the partnership has come to an end and Gwyn is now immersed in off farm activity as well as farming with his daughter Gwenan.
Gwyn is a fluent Welsh speaker, Nuffield Scholar and Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
Previous positions and experience
Gwyn has a long history with the NFU, starting as local Branch Chairman in West Sussex, County Milk Chairman, County Chairman and Council Delegate. Gwyn was elected National Dairy Board Chairman in 2004 (6 years) and Vice President of the NFU in 2010 (2 years).
Gwyn served on Milklink Co-op Council, and was also a Main Board Member of Dairy UK, Chairman of Dairy UK Producer’s Forum, and served as Vice Chairman of COPA (Committee of Professional Organisations) Milk Committee in Brussels.
Gwyn was a Council member of MDC (Milk Development Council) for 7 years; Chairman of MDC Evaluations and MDC Farm Management Committees during that time.
He is also Past Chairman of 5 Oaks Discussion Group, Ruminators Discussion Group and West Sussex Grassland Society.
Gwyn continues to represent the industry; nationally and throughout mainland Europe.
AHDB Main Board Member and Chairman of Dairy Co, Chairman of RUMA (Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Association), he’s an active member of FAWC (Farm Animal Welfare Committee – 3rd term), the BVA’s (British Veterinary Association) Welfare and Ethics Committee, Director of Task 37, and until very recently a main board director of ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Bio-gas Association).
His influence in Europe extends to Chairman of EPRUMA (European Platform for Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals) and Vice Chairman of Copa Cogeca’s Animal Health and Welfare Working Group.
Gwyn is a member of The University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine External Liaison and Advisory Committee.