Founder of Castell Howell Foods honoured

Mr Brian Jones

Mr Brian Jones

18 July 2014

West Wales farmer and entrepreneur, Brian Jones, who established Castell Howell Foods Ltd in the mid-1980s, has been honoured as Fellow of Aberystwyth University.

Twenty years after it was established, Castell Howell has become firmly established as one of the country’s leading independent food wholesalers specialising in Welsh products and employing 400 staff and Mr Jones continues to lead the company as its Managing Director.

Castell Howell is one of IBERS’ industrial partners and supports the research and development of improving food quality and sustainable supply chains.

Brian is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and currently President of the Welsh Charitables RFC and Carmarthen Quins RFC.

Brian Jones was be presented by Professor Nigel Scollan from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences on Thursday 17 July.

Eleven Fellows are being honoured this week by Aberystwyth University during this year’s Graduation ceremonies which take place at the University’s Arts Centre from Monday 14 until Friday 18 July.

The title of Fellow is awarded to individuals who have a close association with Aberystwyth and the University, or who have made an outstanding contribution to professional or public life in Wales.

Also being honoured are:

  • D. Geraint Lewis, author, former Education and Children’s Librarian for Dyfed and Assistant Director of Education at Ceredigion County Council.
  • Professor John Harries, renowned atmospheric physicist and Wales’ first Chief Scientific Adviser.
  • Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor.
  • Sir Michael Moritz, Cardiff-born venture capitalist and philanthropist.
  • Rhodri Meilir, actor and Aberystwyth graduate who recently appeared in the National Theatre of Wales’ highly acclaimed Mametz.
  • Ed Thomas, playwright, director and producer, and founder member and creative director of TV production company Fiction Factory.
  • Rhod Gilbert, comedian and radio and TV presenter.
  • Professor Bonnie Buntain, Assistant Dean Professor of Public Health at the University of Calgary in Canada and former Chief Public Health Veterinarian at the Food Safety and Inspection Service for the US Department of Agriculture.
  • Dr John Sheehy, Emeritus Head of Applied Photosynthesis and Systems Modelling Laboratory at the International Rice Research Institute and an alumnus of Aberystwyth University.
  • Baroness Kay Andrews, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, former Chair of English Heritage and an Aberystwyth alumna.