General Secretary: Dyfrig Rees
Dyfrig is a native of the Gwendraeth Valley in Carmarthenshire, and was a minister in Llanbrynmair, Carno, Tumble, Llannon, Drefach, Ammanford and Bridgend. He was elected to his position in 2018 and began his work as General Secretary in September of that year. He is married to Mandy and they have two sons; Rheinallt and Rhodri. Dyfrig is a member of Tabernacle Church, Bridgend.
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.
Support and Resources Officer (South Wales): Revd Robin Samuel
The Revd Robin Samuel, in his capacilty as the Union’s Support and Resources Officer, serves 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.
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.