Allan Wilkinson is the Head of Agriculture for HSBC Bank plc, the dedicated farming division of HSBC Bank plc, and responsible for the Bank’s farming customers in the UK. He took up the role in 2010 and is only the sixth Head of Agriculture in over 50 years that the team has been in existence, which today has over 75 Agriculture Managers. HSBC was the first bank to have such a dedicated specialist team. In this role, Allan has a growing involvement with the wider food chain with its obvious international connections.
Allan, a dairy farmer’s son, was born and raised in the North East of England and has been involved with farming and the food industry throughout his career.
A graduate in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University, he spent 3 years as an MMB Farm Management Consultant before joining Midland Bank in 1988.
Allan has held a number of roles around the UK, including a 7 year period as Area Director and Regional Commercial Director before taking up his current position.
Allan is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Farmers and was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Agricultural Societies in early 2013. HSBC are a keen sponsor and supporter of the Prince's Countryside Fund, Allan serves on the Steering Board of the associated Prince's Rural Action Programme and BERG - the Business Emergency Recovery Group . He also serves on the Steering Board of Farming Futures, .
Allan is married to Michelle, and they have two teenage children and live near Durham.