Rural insurance broker expands team to target Scottish growth

Lycetts boosts Edinburgh team with new appointment 

Rural insurance broker Lycetts is hoping to expand its footprint in Scottish farming after making a key appointment.
James Cuthbertson
The firm’s Edinburgh office has hired James Cuthbertson as a senior account executive to help strengthen its specialist offering to farms and estates across the country.
Originally from a commercial farming background on the Carse of Clackmannan, Cuthbertson was advised to change careers following a brush with cancer. He subsequently joined agricultural insurance broker Denis O. Brown and Associates in 2006.
Lycetts says his detailed agricultural knowledge will be used to build new links with farms and estates across Scotland, while strengthening the firm’s existing relationship with Scottish Land & Estates, the body representing landowners and rural businesses.
Director William Barne said: “James is an important addition to our team and will be key to our ambitious plans for expansion across Scotland.
“He has a granular knowledge of farm insurance requirements, which is absolutely vital as we pride ourselves on understanding the unique challenges and opportunities faced by businesses within the rural community.”
Cuthbertson, who is also an alumnus of Dollar Academy and the North of Scotland College of Agriculture, added: “Lycetts has a close-knit relationship with farmers and landowners so I am hoping to build on this foundation to help the company continue to grow its Scottish operation.
“Scottish farming is entering a period of potentially major change and business resilience has come into sharp focus as trading conditions become ever more challenging. We want to work closely with rural businesses to help insulate them against risk, identify opportunities and plan for a bright future.”