Murray Taggart new Alliance Group chairman

Murray Taggart has been appointed as chairman of Alliance Group, replacing Owen Poole effective from October 1.

Mr Poole announced at shareholder meetings in 2012 that it was his intention to retire this year. He isteps down as chairman and a director on September 30.

Mr Taggart was a farmer-elected director from 2002-07 and was re-elected to the board in 2010. He is a member of the group’s audit and risk committee and is also a director of Ballance Agri‑Nutrients. 

He was a Nuffield Scholar in 1996 and a regional recipient of an FMG Rural Excellence Award in 2006.

Mr Taggart farms a 457ha sheep and cropping unit under irrigation in the Oxford district of North Canterbury.

Mr Poole was the chief executive of Alliance Group from 1995 to 2005 and was appointed to the board as an independent director in 2008. He has been chairman since his appointment to the board.

The board comprises nine directors, six elected by farmer shareholders and three independent directors appointed for the commercial skills they bring to the board.