Julie was invited to submit a paper for admission to the Royal Agricultural Society to become an Associate in 2013. This appeared in the Royal Welsh Journal 2014

Mrs Julie Thomas of Caerlan Farm, Tonypandy, has been awarded Associateship for her submission ’Facilitating personal skills development within farming families’.

Julie joined the YFC movement at the age of 11 and she will always be indebted to YFC for the start in life it gave her. Julie became involved with Lantra training and soon her business grew out of the kitchen and into a portacabin with two full time members of staff.

Julie developed on-farm training facilities for Lantra Awards, courses such as brushcutters, chainsaws and drystone walling and as well as maintaining a pedigree and commercial sheep flock, developed the farm as a training centre. Following the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, Julie became involved with Farming Connect.

Julie successfully enrolled on the MBA course at the University of Glamorgan. Since then, she has achieved several teaching qualifications for the lifelong learning sector and now enjoys teaching people to teach and train.