Helen Howells, Director of Hwylus Cyf, is a one of this year’s AgriAcademy Rural Leadership fellows. AgriAcademy is run as part of the Farming Connect scheme and the Rural Leadership programme is run in partnership with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and is aimed at inspiring and developing a new generation of leaders in rural Wales.
As a Community Councillor and School Governor, Helen plays an active role in her community and is pleased to be part of this exciting programme, with an opportunity to develop her skills and to meet new people.
“We’ve had our first residential weekend as an Academy and it was really great to meet the diverse members of the group, who all bring a wealth of experience to the mix. We had the opportunity to develop Leadership skills and time to learn from each other’s experiences. I look forward to our next session, where we have the opportunity to discuss the impacts of Brexit on Wales’ rural communities with policy makers and politicians at Brussels and Westminster.”
The Class of 2016 will be developing a campaign to support rural communities in Wales working with Jonathan Cox, Director of Citizens Cymru. Jonathan led a session at the first residential weekend, providing practical workshops in negotiation and power mapping within communities. As an experienced facilitator, having worked on a range of community projects, these complemented Helen’s skills perfectly.
Keep an eye out for the campaign and ways you can get involved by following The Hwylus Way blog and Helen’s twitter account @howellsheritage