National Young Farmers Appoint New Chairman

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has appointed Heather Black as its new Chairman of its Board of Management.

Heather, who lives in Llanegryn, Gwynedd in Wales, has a career working with young people in the countryside through teaching, youth work and as a charity CEO.

Heather Black

Heather Black

Members of the NFYFC Council officially approved Heather’s new appointment at their Council meeting on 23 October in Coventry.

Heather has worked at Somerset Rural Youth Project for 16 years and has been its CEO since 2000, following an early career in teaching and working with youth centres and small charities. More recently Heather was the Head of Outward Bound’s Aberdyfi Centre and has just completed her Level 7 Diploma at Bangor University.

Heather has also chaired the Rural Youth Network, been a committee member for Children in Need (South and West) and been a charity trustee for Learning South West.

Heather, is married with two children, and is a keen outdoor enthusiast and enjoys the countryside. While she has never been a member of a Young Farmers’ Club, Heather has worked with YFCs at a local and national level.

Heather said:
“I have a lot of respect for YFCs and their members and I am excited about this new challenge. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with NFYFC to help them develop a stronger strategy for the future. I have a lot to learn about the organisation and I am looking forward to getting out there and meeting members.”

James Eckley, Chief Officer of NFYFC, said:
“We are delighted that Heather Black is the new Chairman of NFYFC’s Board of Management. We are eager to use Heather’s experience with Somerset’s Rural Youth Project to help us develop the Federation and shape its future.”

Frank Chester was the former Chairman of the Board of Management and he stepped down at the meeting in Coventry following four years at the helm. Vice Chairman Julia Pointon also completed her term of four years on the NFYFC Board of Management.


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