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IWA Offers a Perspective on Rural Affairs

6th March 2013

Marriot Hotel, Swansea 12pm- 3pm

Chairman: Prof. John Tucker, Chair, IWA Swansea Bay Branch

The Spring 2013 luncheon event of the IWA Swansea Bay Branch is being held in the Swansea Marriott Hotel on 6th March and focuses on the pivotal role of farming in the Welsh economy and in preserving our countryside. Speakers from The National Farmers’ Union and the City & County of Swansea will present an up to date perspective on the issues that this industry sector faces, and to share their thinking on the core strategies needed to secure a strong future for farming, agriculture, animal husbandry and rural diversifications.

The distinguished farming expert Meurig Raymond, who farms 3,400 acres in Pembrokeshire, is the main speaker. He has served the NFU in a number of roles at local and national level. Elected Vice President of the NFU in 2004, he became Deputy President in 2006. Meurig represented Wales on the Home Grown Cereals Authority between 1997 and 2004 and served on the Council of Food from Britain between 1997 and 2003. He became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2000 and was awarded an MBE in January 2005 for his services to agriculture.

Kim Flanders, has worked for the Local Planning Authority for Swansea for 30 years, gaining experience in Development Management, Enforcement, Appeals, Planning Policy and Countryside Management. She is currently Planning Policy and Environment Manager for the City and Council of Swansea Council, managing the Local Development Plan process, Nature Conservation, Rights of Way, Gower AONB management and Landscape issues.

Kim has an honours degree in Geographical Sciences, a degree in Town and country Planning, a Diploma in Public Policy and Management and is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The agenda is as follows:

12:00pm: Registration

12.30pm: Traditional Welsh lunch

1.15pm: Chairman’s welcome

1.20pm: Address by Meurig Raymond MBE, FRAgS

1.45pm: Presentation by Paul Relf/Kim Flanders (City & County of Swansea)

2.15pm: Q&A and close.

Cost: £22.50 for IWA members / £25 for non-members. A table of 8 can be booked for £180.

To book please contact Jonathan Brooks-Jones on 029 2066 0820 or e-mail him at

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