The Revd Dr Geraint Tudur is a native of Bangor. He spent 16 years as minister of Ebeneser church, Cardiff, before returning to Bangor in 1994 after being appointed lecturer in Church History at Bangor University. Twelve years later, he was elected to his present position, and commenced his duties as General Secretary at the beginning of September 2006.
The General Secretary is responsible for providing leadership and encouragement, and for promoting all the Union’s policies, including those involving mission. He offers pastoral care to the District Associations (the Cyfundebau), the churches and the ministers. He represents the Union locally, nationally and internationally, and maintains regular contact with corresponding officers in other denominations.
Administrative Secretary: Eirwen Ann Williams
Ann is a native of Glynarthen in Ceredigion, and was brought up in Barry. Having attended Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, she later went on to gain qualifications in banking. She spent nearly twenty years working for Barclays Bank, mostly in south Ceredigion and Pembroke. Ann was appointed Administrative Secretary of the Union in 1998 and is a member of Capel y Nant church in Clydach.
Administrative Assistant: Nerys Humphries
Nerys Humphries has extensive experience of working for many public bodies in Wales. Educated at Ysgol Dinas Brân, Llangollen and the Further Education College at Aberystwyth she went on to work for the Welsh Book Council, the National Library, the Welsh Tourist Board, the Welsh Development Agency and the University of Wales. Nerys lives in Aberdare, where she and her husband Mark are co-secretaries of Siloa Independent church.
As Support and Resources Officer, the Revd Casi Jones serves churches in north Wales through the seven District Associations.
From 2002 to 2008 she served as minister of the Welsh Independent church at Barry in Glamorgan and is a former editor of ‘Cristion’, a Christian Welsh language magazine. Prior to working for the Union, she was employed as a Children, Young People and Families Worker in Anglesey
Support and Resources Officer (South Wales): Revd Robin Samuel
Appointed on 10 July, the Revd Robin Samuel, in his capacilty as the Union’s second Support and Resources Officer, will serve the south Wales Independent churches through the eight District Associations.
From 1977 to 1991 he was a minister in Carmarthenshire, but then moved to Bridgend to minister to the congregation at the Tabernacl. In 2003 he joined the staff of Christian Aid and remained in post until his retirement in January 2015. He continues to be a member at Tabernacl Chapel.
Public Relations and Press Officer: Alun Lenny
Alun Lenny worked as a journalist from 1974-2007 on the Carmarthen Journal, BBC Radio Cymru and S4C News. He spent 25 years as a BBC correspondent in Carmarthen reporting on stories in mid and west Wales and, from time to time, in other countries. A lay-preacher since 2002, Alun is Mission Co-ordinator for the West Carmarthen Association of Independent churches and secretary of Bwlch-y-corn Independent church. He’s also a member of Carmarthen Town and County Council.
Network Development and Communications Officer: Rhodri Darcy
Rhodri Darcy joined the Union team during January 2016. Until then, he had spent the greater part of his career in the television industry and had presented and directed programmes in both Welsh and English.
His duties with the Union include promoting the Historical, Peace and Women’s societies and their networks, developing communications and producing video and audio materials according to need.
He is a member of the Evangelical Church at Ammanford.
Publications Officer and Assistant to the General Secretary
Elinor Wyn Reynolds joined the staff at Tŷ John Penri in May 2017. As an author, poet and editor, she brought with her a wealth of skills which she could contribute to the work of the Union.
Her main responsibilities are the preparation of the Union’s Yearbook (Y Blwyddiadur), Union Matters and any other Union publications which may appear from time to time (excluding the annual reports). She also assists the General Secretary in coordinating the various strands of Union activity.
Elinor is a member of the ‘Priordy’ Welsh Independent church at Carmarthen.