Andrew is county NFU eyes and ears

Hope Valley farmer and former NFU county chairman, Andrew Critchlow has been appointed as the NFU’s county adviser for Derbyshire.

This new NFU post means Andrew will be the eyes and ears of NFU in the county, working closely with members and local staff to provide a tailored and consistent service to Derbyshire NFU members.

The new position, which will be based at NFU’s Matlock local office offering a closer and more recognisably local presence for NFU, comes after a year-long review of the national farming organisation’s structure in the regions.

NFU’s regional director, Richard Hezlet said: “We now have an adviser on the ground in each of our counties in the East Midlands.

“We will be able to tailor the meetings, events and our member communication to the needs of each county, which are all very different.

Andrew said: “I was born and brought up in the beautiful north Derbyshire hills, so working in my own county and in my own industry is a great opportunity.

“There are considerable financial pressures on all farming sectors, and whether they’re lowland or upland farmers, many are wondering what the future holds for them.”