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HSBC Appoints New Head of Agriculture

HSBC Agriculture, the dedicated farming division of HSBC Bank plc, has appointed Allan Wilkinson as its new Head of Agriculture responsible for the bank’s farming customers in the UK, leading the specialist agriculture team of over 60 managers.

Allan Wilkinson

Allan Wilkinson

Allan, a farmer’s son was born and raised in the North East and has been involved with farming throughout his career.  Having obtained a degree in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University, he worked as a farm management consultant in Leicestershire for 3 years before joining HSBC Bank in 1988, as an Agriculture Banking Manager in Shropshire and Herefordshire.  He was appointed Senior Agriculture Banking Manager for Cumbria and the North East in 1994 and Divisional Agriculture Manager for Northern Counties, Northern Ireland & Scotland in 1998.  For the last six and a half years Allan has held a number of senior leadership posts in the retail and commercial bank network leading teams in Northern England and more recently as Area Commercial Director in Newcastle and Northumberland.

Commenting on his appointment Allan said “I am thrilled to have the job I always wanted since joining the Agriculture team in 1988.  HSBC’s brand and position in the market place is as strong as ever, clearly demonstrated through our appetite to lend to good quality farm businesses.  HSBC is recognised as a strong and well capitalised bank and I am enthused by the prospect of further developing our reputation in the sector and continuing to work closely with farmers and growers”.

Wayne Bowser, Deputy Head, Commercial Banking  said Allan’s appointment underlines the Bank’s continued commitment to the farming sector: “We are determined to provide a high quality specialist service to our farming customers and Allan’s experience in both the agriculture sector and the wider bank and undoubted enthusiasm for the industry make him ideally qualified to take on his new role”.

Allan will be at the Cereals Event in June at which HSBC is the Principal Sponsor.

Allan is 46 years old and lives near Durham with his wife Michelle and two teenage children Robert and Chantal. Aside of family and work he enjoys football, photography and life outdoors in the countryside.

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