The Union of Welsh Independents employs four full time staff members and one part time.  Based from the offices in Swansea, Tŷ John Penri, the staff supports, equips and serves the Union's churches within their specialised roles.


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General Secretary

Dyfrig Rees

Dyfrig is a native of the Gwendraeth Valley in Carmarthenshire, and was a minister in Llanbrynmair, Carno, Tumble, Llannon, Drefach, Ammanford and Bridgend. He was elected to his position in 2018 and began his work as General Secretary in September of that year.  He is married to Mandy and they have two sons; Rheinallt and Rhodri.  Dyfrig is a member of Tabernacle Church, Bridgend.

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Administrative Secretary

Ann Williams

Ann is a native of Glynarthen in Ceredigion, and was brought up in Barry. Having attended Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, she later went on to gain qualifications in banking. She spent nearly twenty years working for Barclays Bank, mostly in south Ceredigion and Pembroke. Ann was appointed Administrative Secretary of the Union in 1998 and is a member of Capel y Nant church in Clydach.

Communications and Network Development Officer

Rhodri Darcy

Rhodri Darcy joined the Union team during January 2016. Until then, he had spent the greater part of his career in the television industry and had presented and directed programmes in both Welsh and English. His duties with the Union include promoting the Historical, Peace and Women’s societies and their networks, developing communications and producing video and audio materials according to need. He is a member of the Evangelical Church at Ammanford.

Publications Officer and Assistant to the General Secretary

Elinor Wyn Reynolds

Elinor Wyn Reynolds joined the staff at Tŷ John Penri in May 2017. As an author, poet and editor, she brought with her a wealth of skills which she could contribute to the work of the Union. Her main responsibilities are the preparation of the Union’s Yearbook (Y Blwyddiadur), Union Matters and any other Union publications which may appear from time to time (excluding the annual reports). She also assists the General Secretary in coordinating the various strands of Union activity. Elinor is a member of the ‘Priordy’ Welsh Independent church at Carmarthen.

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Public Relations and Press Officer

Alun Lenny

Alun Lenny worked as a journalist from 1974-2007 on the Carmarthen Journal, BBC Radio Cymru and S4C News. He spent 25 years as a BBC correspondent in Carmarthen reporting on stories in mid and west Wales and, from time to time, in other countries. A lay-preacher since 2002, Alun is Mission Co-ordinator for the West Carmarthen Association of Independent churches and secretary of Bwlch-y-corn Independent church. He’s also a member of Carmarthen Town and County Council.

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Beti-Wyn James

Beti-Wyn James comes from the Swansea Valley and was a staff member with the Union before she graduated from the Welsh Independents College in Aberystwyth.  She was ordained as a minister of Tabernacle Church, Barry, before moving to Carmarthen to pastor Y Priordy Church, Cana and Bancyfelin where she remains a minister.

President Elect

Jeff Williams

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Immediate Past President

Jill-Hailey Harries

O Sir Benfro y daw Jill a chodwyd hi i’r weinidogaeth gan eglwys Pisga, LLandysilio. Wedi ei hyfforddi yng ngholeg yr Annibynwyr, Aberystwyth bu’n Swyddog Ieuenctid Undeb yr Annibynwyr o 1986 hyd 1991. Ordeiniwyd hi’n weinidog i ofalu am eglwysi cylch Llanymddyfri ym 1991 ac yn 2002 symudodd i ardal Hendy-gwyn, Sir Gaerfyrddin. Yn 2011 sefydlwyd hi’n weinidog Bethel a Triniti, Sgeti yn Abertawe, ac ychwanegwyd Y Tabernacl, Treforys at yr ofalaeth yn 2016. Mae Jill yn ymddiriedolwr ar fwrdd Gwasanaeth Camdrin Domestig Caerfyrddin, ac yn lywodraethwr yn Ysgol Gymraeg Tan y Lan, Treforys.

Chair of the Council

Dafydd Roberts

Dafydd was elected in 2017 to the role of Chairman of the Council.  Born in Trefor, Gwynedd, he served the local churches as a lay-preacher and has been an active member of their District Quarterly Meetings.  He is a member and deacon of Maesyneuadd Church, Trefor.


Meryl James

Meryl James was elected as the Union Treasurer in 2016. She was raised and now lives in Whitland, on the border between Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Since 1976 she worked for Lloyds Bank in West Wales, and was a bank manager for 20 years. Meryl has since retired from her post and now works in the local surgery in Whitland. She is church secretary and a deacon in Tabernacl Church, Whitland  She also helps with the Sunday School.

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