Wesley Aston

Chief Executive, Ulster Farmers’ Union

Wesley Aston is Chief Executive of the Ulster Farmers’ Union. He joined the UFU in 1991 working across dairying, policy and communications. During his time with the UFU he has represented the Union at local, UK and EU level and has been centrally involved in the UFU’s activity on virtually all of the major issues affecting Northern Ireland’s farmers over the past 20 years including: several CAP reforms; BSE, Foot and Mouth Disease, and Dioxin crises; £3 million Snow Hardship and £1.3 million Fodder Transport Schemes; a major ongoing Farm Safety Initiative. Wesley was also involved in the development of NI Executive’s Rural White Paper; introduction of £3 million Young Farmers’ Scheme; the ‘Horsemeat Scandal’ and the NI Agri-food Strategy Board input.