New Chair to lead the WI in Wales
Eirian Roberts from Ysbyty Ifan becomes Chair of the Federations of Wales Committee. She also becomes an ex-officio member of the NFWI Board of Trustees for England, Wales and the Islands for two years.
Eirian still lives on the farm where she was born in Ysbyty Ifan, a rural agricultural village up high in the Conwy valley and within the Snowdonia National Park. She has been an active member of Ysbyty Ifan WI for over 50 years. At the time of joining the WI, Eirian was also an enthusiastic member of the local Young Farmers Club for many years before having the honour of being County President in 2004.
Eirian left school at a young age to work on the family farm as well as being a carer for family members. Later on in life, she followed an external degree course in the Welsh Language at Aberystwyth University and graduated in 1996.
As Director of the family farm, which she runs with her husband Arwel, she has a passion for country life and the WI has always been an important part of rural life in the area.
The WI has been a central and intrinsic part of Eirian’s life and she described it as a privilege to have been Chair and Secretary of Ysbyty Ifan WI and also group convener. Eirian was Chair of Clwyd Denbigh Federation of WIs from 2015 to 2018 and as a past Tree and Climate Change Ambassador, she has supported and appreciated the various environmental campaigns led by the WI to create awareness of this global issue. Eirian has also served on a number of federation committees over the years including National Eisteddfodau, sports, public affairs and craft committees.
Eirian has always had a special interest in the local community and has been an active volunteer. She ran the local youth club for over twenty-five years and was also a Sunday school teacher. She is a former school governor at Ysbyty Ifan Primary School and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Comprehensive School. Eirian has also been a trustee of Glasdir Skills Academy, Chair of ‘Y Gadwyn’, a Welsh monthly CD magazine for the blind, and secretary of adult learning in the area for many years (formally known as WEA). She has previously been a member of the Conwy Rural Development Project team and is currently clerk to two community councils. In the local village, she has been Chair and Secretary of the village hall committee for many years.
Eirian Roberts said:
"Working home on the rural farm can be a very lonely profession, and being involved in my local community and WI means I have made wonderful friends over the years. I look forward to meeting new associates and friends during my time as Chair of the Federations of Wales”.
“Being nominated as Chair of the Federations of Wales is a great honour for me. I hope I can give back a little of what the WI has given me for most of my life. The WI is still as important today, as it was in its early years when it was instrumental in campaigning for equality for all women”.