MARK Suthern has been appointed the new national head of Barclays Agriculture.

He will lead a team of two agricultural specialists and seven regional agricultural managers and their teams.

A geography graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, he joined Barclays in 1986. His experience includes leading North East regional teams.

In his current role as head of business banking for the eastern region, he leads 200 business managers in ten areas.

His new post follows Martin Redfearn’s decision to step back from the day to day leadership of Barclays Agriculture, while still remaining as a national agricultural policy manager.

Oliver McEntyre will continue as national agriculture specialist.