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Chairman - Mr Bernard Farr


Bernard has for many years been the youth coach and Child Protection Officer for Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association and has been very successful in increasing the numbers of young people enjoying fishing.   He is closely involved with the local schools and has been instrumental in bringing together several schools to enjoy an inter-schools competition within the borough.   Bernard is also a executive member of the Federation of Welsh Anglers and sits on the executive committee representing coarse fishing.   Bernard also sits on the Federation of Welsh Anglers Coaching Committee and represents the South Eastern Region.   With other members of the Coaching Panel he is heavily committed to teaching children, disabled people, and adults from all walks of life the enjoyment fishing can bring to their lives.



Vice-Chairman - Jon Taylor


I am Jon Taylor and currently employed as the Fishing Development Officer for Cardiff Harbour Authority. This is a newly created post that started in Aug 2009.   I am a member of Glamorgan AC and until recently was Chairman of the club until taking up my new position at CHA.

I have been actively involved in angling organisation in various capacities for more than 20 yrs. I am on the committee of the FWA representing the WFCA and also sit on the National Coaching and Regional Panels for the FWA. I also sit on Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee (Wales). and represent coarse angling in Wales on this committee.


Secretary - Nick Massey


Started fishing with my Grandfather aged around 5 on the canals of Liverpool, joined my 1st club aged 9 started match fishing a couple of years later and apart from time at college have continued to do so for the last 40+ years fishing all around the world in that time, from Denmark - USA. One of the founding members of the Ynys Mon A.A the largest coarse angling club on Anglesey in 1998, became a FWA L-1 Coach in 2003, joined the local FWA panel in 2006, became local coordinator in 2007, Executive Secretary of the WFCA in February 2009 and Executive Secretary of the FWA in March 2009.


Tony Rees MBE Treasurer


Tony has been a very committed angler from a young age.   He is also one of the original members of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association and has been its treasurer from its inception.   Tony has served on many different bodies representing angling including FERAC, he is chair of Welsh Salmon and Trout Association South East Region, he is also chair of the South East Wales Rivers Trust and represents WSTAA on the Executive Committee of FWA and also its coaching panel.  He is a very highly thought of member of the fishing community and has represented the fishing community (coarse, game and sea) at government level both at Westminster and at Welsh Assembly Government.   Tony loves coaching and loves to help people enjoy the benefits of fishing.


Eric Humphries International Team Manager


Assistant International Team Manager

At the recent AGM, Andy Johnstone was confirmed in the new position of Assistant Manager of the Senior Team.  Andy is also a current member of the Senior Team having represented Wales for the last 7 years.  He was born and raised in Goytre, Nr Pontypool, and was a member of the New Inn Nobblers in the late 70's before leaving South Wales to study in Nottingham and Glasgow prior to joining the Royal Air Force, I am a member of Connahs Quay club.  While Andy assists the Senior Manager, Eric Humphreys, with all issues, team selection is solely the responsibility of Eric!  Indeed, in the recent World Championships in Spain, after the most difficult team selection Eric has had to make in 20 years, Andy was left out on Day 1 and did a great job running the bank.  With the team in 4th place after Day 1, Andy was asked to prepare his kit for Day 2 to replace the lowest point’s scorer, Nigel Evans.  However, as Andy had run Nigel’s section and made the tactical decision for Nigel to fish for bleak, plus the fact that Nigel had fished brilliantly through the practice week, Andy felt that Nigel deserved to fish in Day 2 and, therefore, stood down for the good of the team (who finished in a very creditable 6th place).  













Andy at the 2009 World Championships in Holland getting advice from Eric Humphries Team Manager