The head of agrifoods for HSBC UK has been appointed as the president of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF).

Allan Wilkinson is succeeding Lord Ewen Cameron in the role.

Wilkinson is the son of a dairy farmer from North Yorkshire and joined Midland Bank in the late 1980s. He became HSBC UK’s head of agriculture in 2010.

Allan Wilkinson

He has been the head of agrifoods at HSBC UK’s for the past eight years.

Commenting on Wilkinson’s appointment, RABDF chair Robert Craig said: “We are delighted that Allan has accepted our invitation as president.

“Allan’s first-hand experience of the challenges of dairy farming, coupled with his banking skills and his enthusiasm for the industry, make him ideally qualified to take on this role. 

“As the dairy industry continues to face challenging and dynamic times, there’s no doubt that Allan’s expertise will have a significant impact and help our organisation to continue making a difference.”

Wilkinson sits on several industry bodies and is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Farmers and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

Commenting on his new position, Wilkinson said: “I am truly humbled to be asked to help and support the good work of the RABDF. The RABDF’s work in the industry is vast and ambitious.

“Not only are they supporting their members and the wider industry through the various boards and industry bodies they sit on, but their ambitious and highly successful events programme is paramount in helping to promote knowledge sharing and connectivity in the dairy sector.”