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UFS is a registered, independent trade union, established in 1988 with it's headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
We are a non-profit-making organisation, and are not affiliated to the TUC or to any political party. This means that all of our income goes towards providing the best professional service to our members.
Our members come from many different employment sectors and we have partnership agreements with some of the UK's major employers.
We believe that a constructive relationship with the companies employing union members is the best way to ensure the profitability of the business, and thus job satisfaction and job security for our members.
UFS Core Values
- We are approachable
- We provide professional support
- We are experts in our field
- We give confidential advice
- We act on members instruction
UFS Mission Statement
We aim to be the most professional, effective and supportive union in the UK and, most importantly that our members remain at the core of everything we do.
We aim to facilitate good relations between our members and their employers, to further our members’ employment interests and support individual members in all matters connected to their employment.
As a union, UFS is a democratic organisation that is organised into geographic regions, and is controlled by a National Executive Committee (NEC), elected by UFS members from the regions.
NEC members are not employed by UFS except the position of General Secretary, which, as well as being an employed position, is also an elected NEC seat.
There is also a central team of staff and officials, based at our Head Office in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Whist they are your legal advisors in the workplace UFS staff cannot act on behalf it’s members without having gained instruction from them either directly or via the NEC (National Executive Committee).
Our structure is governed by the UFS rules, which are in effect our constitution.
Read our Terms and Conditions.
Alan has held the position of General Secretary of UFS since 1998, but has been closely involved with the union since its humble beginnings back in 1988, bringing with him a long history of union activity within the finance sector.
Alan holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations and a certificate in Employment Law from Middlesex University. He has been authorised by the Law Society to train solicitors in the employment law section of their qualification and has attended many employment law courses as a participant and as a lecturer.
Lynda has been with UFS since 1997. She has a degree in Law and has completed the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University and also holds a Masters Degree in Law and Employment Relations from the University of Leicester.
Lynda has responsibility for all serious individual cases and manages the Employment Relations team. She is also responsible for liaising with external legal advisors.
Learning Project Manager
Janette has worked at UFS since June 2010 and holds a qualification for PRINCE2 foundation in Project Management.
Janette started working on the UFS learning project in June 2010 to help members and their families to access Learning and Development opportunities. Janette has been employed in the Financial Services Industry for 35 years and has been a Union Representative for UFS for 31 years.
Caroline joined UFS in October 2006. She holds an honours degree in business management and psychology and worked in land management until leaving to start a family. She is currently studying for an LLM in Employment Law. In her spare time Caroline enjoys playing netball in the Gloucestershire League.
Nick holds a BSc in Applied Economics & Law from the University of Plymouth and a Postgraduate Diploma in Employment Law from the University of Glamorgan.
Nick has been in the Employment Relations field for over 5 years and is an active member of the Personnel Experts in Employment Law (PEEL Club).
Despite his love of Southampton FC, Nick manages to keep up his positive attitude.
Daniel started working for the union in January 2006. Dan holds a degree in English and brings with him several years experience in management. He regularly travels to members' places of work to carry out representations and also deals with face to face consultation exercises on behalf of UFS. In his spare time Dan is learning the different aspects of reiki.
Claire has been a part of UFS since 2001 and is responsible for membership administration including all direct debit arrangements.
Claire holds an NVQ level 2 in Business and Administration as well as OCR Level 1 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Computerised). Claire is also a part of the editorial team for the UFS magazine and updates and organises new discounts services for members.
Outside of work Claire does voluntary youth work and is a keen handicrafts enthusiast
Natalie has worked with UFS since 1997 and is responsible for the organisation of the representational structure across the UK and regularly travels to branches and members work places.
Natalie also handles the senior level liaison with a number of major employers and is involved in major reorganisations. She is also responsible for the design and production of promotional material for UFS and newsletters for our members.
ULP Project assistant
Carol has worked at the Union office since 1997 and holds a qualification for PRINCE2 foundation in Project Management.
Carol has recently moved over to work on the UFS Learning Project assisting members and their families and friends to access Learning and Development opportunities. Carol works with Members, Employers, Providers and gets involved in event management.