The Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs have elected their new County Chairman, Miss Amelia Illingsworth. Amelia takes over from retiring County Chairman, Mr Alex Ross. Amelia, aged 28 years, has been a member of Golden Valley Young Farmers' Club since she was 12 years old and was Club Chairman in 2009 - 2010 and subsequently has held office as Club Secretary. Amelia follows in the footsteps of well-known Golden Valley YFC member, Mr Owen Whittall, who was
County Chairman of the Federation in 1993-1994 and who is now one of the county's Vice-Presidents. Amelia is a well known face at the weekly livestock markets as she works for McCartneys LLP and is based at their Kington office. During her year as County Chairman she aims to continue where Alex Ross left off and build on the strong social networking of the clubs and members.
Heading up the Federation as County President is Mr David Morgan, a member of Golden Valley Young Farmers Club since the age of 13 years. David has taken over the Presidency from Mr Andrew Marson who has enjoyed six years as County President. David has taken advantage of many of the wonderful opportunities that young farmers can give and has been a club officeholder, travelled with the YFC to other parts of the world and made many friends across the country. David attributes the skills he gained in the YFC which have helped him in his business career and his time spent as chairman of the Herefordshire NFU and subsequently as chairman of the national NFU Livestock Board. David has been successful in renewing and strengthening the links between the Young Farmers and the NFU which has been of benefit to both partners. David is a beef and arable farmer and lives at Peterchurch with his wife, Helen, and two daughters, Tori and Hannah, both of whom are very active members of Golden Valley Young Farmers Club. He is honoured and delighted to have been elected County President and intends to offer his support and guidance whenever it is required so that he can put back into the organisation all that he has got out of it.