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We are excited to introduce to you a new member of our small staff team, Beth Gibbon. 

Beth will be our part time Team Co-ordinator based in our office at Carmarthen Market. Beth, who has been involved in farming for all of her life, now farms with her husband and father-in-law on a dairy and beef farm that has recently diversified with a milk vending machine. Beth will be looking after our volunteers and staff and coordinating some of our activities. Whilst she won’t be involved in taking calls on our helpline or providing support to people using our service, she will be making sure that our volunteers are supported and have all the training and resources that they need. Beth will usually be based at our office at the Rural Business Development Centre from Wednesday to Friday each week. 

We asked Beth a few questions for a bit of background about herself…

What are your connections to agriculture?

I have been involved with farming all my life, from helping on the family farm in Llantrisant since childhood I then worked for Amelia Trust Farm, a 160 acre mixed care farm for 10 years, seven of which I was farm manager. I was involved with YFC since being a teenager and was County Organiser for Brecknock YFC for three years. I am a qualified teacher and whilst at Amelia Trust worked in alternative education. We had over 100 volunteers who I worked closely with whilst they were volunteering on the farm.

What do you do to ease stress?

Since having three young children I have very little time to myself but find sitting down at the end of a long day and watching Wales or the Scarlets play rugby or any easy watch programmes or stand-up comedy shows helps ease away stress. However, when I have time, I also find going for lunch or coffee with friends in the best way to ease stress for me.

What are you grateful for?

Having a wonderful family, especially my husband and being blessed by our three children. Also living in a picturesque part of Carmarthenshire.

Tell is a little known fact about yourself…

I’ve completed two tandem skydives for charity.

What are you most looking forward to in your new job?

I’m looking forward to supporting the staff team and volunteers, and being part of a charity which offers such a crucial service to the agricultural industry and farming community.

Welcome to the team Beth!