Lloyds Bank has announced the appointment of Kirsty Sadler as its new deputy head of agriculture.

Sadler, who lives in Kent, brings more than two decades of commercial banking experience to the role, which will see her working across both Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland.

After joining Lloyds Bank from Barclays in 2008, she has spent her career supporting small to medium sized firms across the UK to meet their funding requirements, structure finance, manage risk and grow their businesses.

In her newly created role, Kirsty will support head of agriculture, Lee Reeves, in heading up a team that provides funding and guidance to around 6,500 farmers and agricultural businesses across the UK.

Commenting on her appointment she said: “I’m looking forward to helping farmers and agricultural businesses achieving both their growth and sustainability objectives.

"These days the two are intrinsically linked, particularly in the farming sector, and it’s for this reason I was keen to make the move into the agriculture team.”

Lee Reeves, Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland head of agriculture, added: “Welcoming Kirsty into the agriculture fold is going to be of huge value for the both the team and our customers.

"She has a proven track record of supporting businesses in meeting their lending and sustainability goals and brings with her considerable experience.

“Agricultural businesses continue to face a raft of challenges, from price volatility and labour shortages to subsidy changes and pressure to meet the National Farmers' Union [NFU] 2040 net zero target - none of this should be underestimated.

"The addition of this new role bolsters our commitment to be by the side of farmers as they navigate these issues and ensure the long-term success of their businesses.”

Lloyds Bank appointments

The bank has also announced Ian Collins as the new Agriculture Director for Scotland and the North of England.

Collins, who lives in Cupar, Fife brings more than three decades of commercial banking experience to the role.

In his new role, he will head a 10-strong team that provides financial expertise, funding, and guidance to more than 1,000 farmers and land-based businesses in Scotland and the North of England.

Ian takes over from Sandy Hay, who has retired from the bank after heading Bank of Scotland’s agricultural network in Scotland for nearly 14 years.

Joining the team alongside Ian is relationship manager Kirsty McSween.

Kirsty will be based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and will support the bank’s customers across Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Commenting on his appointment, Ian Collins, Bank of Scotland’s agriculture director for Scotland and the North of England, said:

“Scotland and the North of England is a key area for Bank of Scotland Agriculture and I’m looking forward to helping farmers and agricultural businesses across the patch achieve their growth objectives.”