President – 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.


Immediate Past President: Mr Glyn Williams

A native of Nantglyn, Debighshire, Glyn 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’.

President Elect – Beti-Wyn James                     

Beti-Wyn James comes from the Swansea Valley and was a staff member with the Union before she graduated from the Welsh Independents College in Aberystwyth.  She was ordained as a minister of Tabernacle Church, Barry, before moving to Carmarthen to pastor Y Priordy Church, Cana and Bancyfelin where she remains a minister.

Chair of Council: Dafydd Roberts
Dafydd was elected in 2017 to the role of Chairman of the Council.  Born in Trefor, Gwynedd, he served the local churches as a lay-preacher and has been an active member of their District Quarterly Meetings.  He is a member and deacon of Maesyneuadd Church, Trefor.

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.