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New Director of Agricultural Services 18 November 2004

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has announced the appointment of a Director of Agricultural Services. Richard Lole will be taking up the new post.

Mr Lole brings with him 20 years of experience in the agricultural industry. He will be leaving Barclay's Bank, where he is responsible for the bank's national agricultural strategy and policy for the United Kingdom. This involves working closely with farmers, industry leaders and politicians in London and Brussels.

He has been involved in many of the recent UK developments, providing leadership to Barclay's agricultural team of 100 agricultural managers. He has been overseeing agricultural loans worth 2 billion.

Mr Lole graduated in Agriculture from the University College of Wales at Bangor. He worked in practical farm management for three years before moving to the Agricultural Economics department at Manchester University. There, he was involved in Farm Business research for several years.

He was a farm management consultant throughout the north west of England, advising on dairy, beef, sheep and arable farms. He has helped family farms and businesses to develop and implement long-term plans.

Richard currently lives near Lancaster with his wife, Pippa, who is herself an agricultural Chartered Accountant. They have three-year-old twins.

Mr Lole will be returning to the Island on Friday the 19th November to meet the Minister, Hon Bill Henderson MHK, and his new colleagues in the Department.

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