UFU in Brussels

About the UFU in Brussels

The UFU, along with the other UK Farming Unions, is part of the British Agriculture Bureau (BAB) and over the past four decades the BAB has developed a reputation as one of the most astute and well-connected of all farm lobby groups in Brussels.

Since 1973, when the UK joined the European Union, the rules and regulations on agriculture and the environment have come hard and fast. From the type of fuel you put into your tractor, to the size of your single farm payment. From how to tag your livestock, to which pesticides you can spray on your crop. Given this monumental impact on British agriculture it is essential that the UK farming unions are working in Brussels to shape legislation from its inception. Changing law after the ink is dry can be impossible.

About BAB

  • Established in 1972 the British Agriculture Bureau is the voice of UK farmers in Brussels
  • BAB represents the NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru, Ulster Farmers' Union and the National Pig Association
  • BAB has an expert office of 6 staff
  • Every year BAB receives more than 200 members to learn about the EU

The Players

The UFU's aim is to lobby these institutions to ensure that the concerns of farmers in Northern Ireland are taken into consideration during the decision-making process.

BAB Staff

Tom Keen

Tom Keen

Acting Director

Main areas of responsibility: • Brexit • CAP & Rural Development • EU Budget • Trade • COPA Presidium & Policy Committee • Plant Protection Products


Katie Jarvis

Katie Jarvis

European Policy Advisor

Main areas of responsibility: • Pigs & Poultry • Cereals & Oilseeds • Sugars • Seeds • Plant Health • Agri Science & Technology • Food Supply Chain • Environment Issues • Climate Change • Renewable Energy • Organic Farming


Claire Williams

Claire Williams

Parliamentary & Communications Advisor

Claire previously worked with Richard Ashworth MEP and most recently at Euro Commerce, the European retail and trade association. 

Main areas of responsibility: • European Parliament • Communications and Media • European Council • Fertilisers • Dairy • Livestock • Animal Health & Welfare


Michelle Hickey

Michelle Hickey

Office and Events Manager

Having lived in Brussels for 20 years, Michelle has the expertise to coordinate all Brussels meetings and visits of UFU delegations. Before working for the UFU in Brussels Michelle worked in CEN for the European Committee for Standardisation, she also has a background in the creative arts. 

Main areas of responsibility: Should be contacted regarding travel and hotel booking, farmer group visits, BAB finance and Commission Civil Dialogue Groups.


Emily Roads

Emily Roads

Graduate Trainee

Post starting in July 2018 for 6 Months

Main areas of responsibility: • Food Labelling • Food Safety • Food and Feedstuffs • Quality and Promotion • Horticulture and Potatoes • Project Work