Technical Team

UFU members are able to avail of our exclusive technical officer service, which provides free one-to-one support with practical farm related issues. To date, our technical team have helped thousands of members on a range of issues and in many cases have helped member to recover significant sums of money. For instance, in 2016 we recovered over £250,000 for our members.

If you have a query, please contact your technical officer to discuss and if we can help, we will. We will consider any case and will try to offer assistance. 

In particular, we can help with:

  • Nitrates inspections
  • Water bills
  • Single Farm Payment appeals
  • Single Farm Payment inspections
  • Legal disputes
  • NIE compensation
  • Reducing penalties
  • Preparation for appeals processes (e.g. stage 1 and stage 2 appeals)
  • Guidance on the process for dealing with welfare issues
  • Guidance on farming dates and legislation (e.g. slurry spreading, hedge cutting)
  • Planning guidance and applications

Gillian Cheatley

Gillian Cheatley

gcheatley@ufuhq.com

Senior Technical Officer

Responsible for UFU Groups:

North Down, Mid Down, Lagan, Donard, Ards


Cheryl Herdman

Cheryl Herdman

cheryl@ufuhq.com

Senior Technical Officer

Responsible for UFU Groups:

North East Armagh, Armagh Down, South West Down


Leslie Craig

Leslie Craig

lcraig@ufuhq.com

Senior Technical Officer

Responsible for UFU Groups:

North West Armagh, South East Fermanagh, North Fermanagh, South West Fermanagh, East Tyrone, South Tyrone, Mid Tyrone, North Tyrone


Robert Cochrane

Robert Cochrane

rcochrane@ufuhq.com

Senior Technical Officer

Responsible for UFU Groups:

North Antrim,  Mid Antrim, Larne, Ballyclare, West Antrim, North West Derry, South Derry, North East Derry


Hannah McCollum

Hannah McCollum

hmccollum@ufuhq.com

Technical Officer Full time