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President: Mr Glyn Williams

Mr Glyn Williams of Deganwy near Llandudno is the Union’s President. A native of Nantglyn, Debighshire, he enjoyed a successful career in agriculture, working for the Milk Marketing Board and ‘Genus’. He spent two brief periods in England before returning to Montgomeryshire in the 1980s. He retired from the post of Regional Business Director at the end of the 1990s. He became Union President in 2016.  Having completed a ministerial course, he now visits various churches to lead worship. He is a member of the National Eisteddfod’s Council, and was Vice Chair of the Eisteddfod Maldwyn Executive in 2003. He is Treasurer of Cymrodoriaeth Eisteddfod Talaith a Chadair Powys, and of the Welsh devotional magazine, ‘Gair y Dydd’.


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Immediate Past President: Revd Dr R. Alun Evans

The Union’s President for the period 2014-16 was the Revd Dr R. Alun Evans.
A native of Llanbrynmair, he started his ministry at Seion, Llandysul in 1961, but is better known throughout Wales as a TV presenter and producer.
He retired from broadcasting in 1996 as Head of the BBC in Bangor. In 2001, and returned to pastoral ministry at Bethel, Caerphilly. In 2008, Bethlehem, Gwaelod-y-garth, joined the pastorate.  Dr Evans is a former President of the National Eisteddfod Court and has been a Fellow of the Eisteddfod since 2007


President Elect – Jill-Hailey Harries                     

A native of Pembrokeshire, Jill was raised to the ministry by the church at Pisga, Llandysilio. Educated at Coleg yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg (The Welsh Independent College), Aberystwyth, she worked as a Youth Worker for the Union of Welsh Independents from 1986 to 1991. Jill was ordained in a pastorate in the Llandovery area in 1991, and in 2002 she moved to Whitland, Carmarthenshire. In 2011 she was ordained as minister of Bethel and Triniti in Sketty, Swansea, and Tabernacl, Morriston was added to the pastorate in 2016. Jill is a trustee on the board of Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Services and is a school governor at Ysgol Gymraeg Tan y Lan, Morriston.


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Chair of Council: Dr Fiona Gannon
Dr Fiona Gannon was elected Council Chair in 2011, and re-elected in 2014. A ‘child of the manse’, she is the daughter of the Revd Kenneth Lintern and his late wife, Mary. She is a member and organist at Pant-teg, Ystalyfera.
Married to Bill and mother of Llywelyn, Fiona is a self-employed translator and a leading member of the Association of Welsh Translators.

Union Treasurer: Meryl James
Meryl James was elected as the Union Treasurer in 2016. She was raised and now lives in Whitland, on the border between Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Since 1976 she worked for Lloyds Bank in West Wales, and was a bank manager for 20 years. Meryl has since retired from her post and now works in the local surgery in Whitland. She is church secretary and a deacon in Tabernacl Church, Whitland  She also helps with the Sunday School.