I’m Kath Rhodes and my role is to edit Welsh Country magazine and welshfoodbites.co.uk which is my personal food blog. We took the plunge and launched Welsh Country in 2005 and we are so delighted with the response and huge support we have received. I just cannot believe where the time has gone!
Our enthusiastic team at Welsh Country are passionate about many things, promoting Wales, encouraging more visitors to spend their holidays here, arts and crafts and highlighting the wonderful array of Welsh food and drink.
Over the years we’ve passed quite a few milestones. We’ve published Geoff Brookes’ book ‘Stories in Welsh Stone’ which was a first for both of us and got great reviews. In 2014 i was lucky enough to be nominated for a National Rural Hero Award with the Countryside Alliance, which to my amazement was awarded the accolade. I do not know which people nominated me, but I was surprised and pleased that anyone could be bothered to make that effort. I was told it was for the behind the scenes work that the team and I do referring problems that come into the office about small business and food and drink issues through to the Welsh Government.
I hope you continue to enjoy reading Welsh Country as much as we enjoy putting it together for you. Enjoy our beautiful and varied countryside, the work our talented arts and craft people produce, but if you can find a better bunch of artisan food and drink producers, you let me know.
Your comments and feedback are always welcome, so please feel free to email me when you have time.
Agriculturally trained, Ian has always lived and worked in the countryside. Work has taken him around different parts of the UK including a few years in the flat landscape of the Fens.
Ian attended Agricultural College in Aberystwyth, and now feels that he has returned home to relish the challenge of building the Welsh Country business. Having done PR and Marketing for 20 years, working with many countryside companies, Ian’s understanding of rural issues and small businesses helps considerably when he is talking to businesses all over Wales about Welsh Country Magazine. Cooking is also a passion of Ian’s, which really completes the circle from farming to the plate.
Howard has 30 years professional experience as a graphic designer. He started his career in Northern Ireland, improving his skills from junior to senior designer through a number of big advertising and design companies, before moving to Wales to work for Aberystwyth University. He became manager and lead designer for the University Design, Web & Print department and also added to is education by achieving a Masters Degree in Fine Art whilst still working full time.
He recently left Aberystwyth in 2018 and we at Welsh Country are fortunate to have Howard now join our team. His first task has been to re-design the magazine throughout and our Welsh Country branding. If you are a regular subscriber you will have noticed a new and fresh look, starting with our September / October 2018 magazine. His extensive knowledge and skills in creative advertising design will also be of benefit to the companies that advertise with us.
At weekends you might come across Howard whilst performing in a well know local band ‘On Yer Feet’. In addition to his art and music, Howard shares with Ian and Kath a keen interest in horses, so if we are not discussing magazine content, style and imagery, there’s always plenty of chat over coffee.