Origin Enterprises, parent to the Agrii agronomy services business in the UK, alongside feed materials, fertiliser and agronomy services interests in the UK, Ireland and Eastern Europe, has made a number of non executive board appointments effective from October 1st.
Former First Milk chief executive Kate Allum joins the board, and will chair its remuneration committee and sit on the audit Committee. Ms Allum is also a non-executive director of Cranswick plc.
Christopher Richards spent 20 years in various leadership roles with Syngenta and its predecessor companies before serving as chief executive and then non-executive chairman of Arysta LifeScience. He is currently chairman of Plant Health Care, a non-executive director of animal health business Dechra Pharmaceuticals and of Cibus Global. He also farms in the west of England.
Rose Hynes becomes non-executive chairman. She is the senior independent director of Total Produce, One Fifty One and Mincon and chairman of Shannon Group plc. A lawyer, who previously held a number of senior executive positions with the GPA Group, Ms Hynes is an associate of the Irish Institute of Taxation and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Gary Britton was formerly a partner in KPMG where he served on the firm’s board, its remuneration and risk Committees and as head of its audit practice. He is currently a non-executive director of The Irish Stock Exchange, KBC Bank Ireland, The Cheshire Foundation in Ireland and Cairn Homes. He is also a Certified Bank Director as designated by the Institute of Banking.
The changes follow the departure of former Origin chairman Owen Killian, who is also chief executive of the food group Aryzta, together with Patrick McEniff, Aryzta’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Aryzta divested its remaining stake in Origin at the end of September (ATN October 2nd). Mr Killian had chaired Origin since the company was created in 2006, ahead of its flotation in 2007.