Alliance Group Announces Associate Director Appointment

12 Jul 2021

Leading food and solutions co-operative Alliance Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Trayner as its first Associate Director.

Victoria and her husband Glen are fifth generation farmers, sharemilking 650 cows near Oxford in North Canterbury. They are also actively involved in their family’s wider farming enterprise across pig farms, cropping, dairy, and an Angus beef stud.

She lectures in Agribusiness and Production Management with Primary ITO and is Chair of the Waimakariri District’s Primary Sector Plan Change 7 Committee, coordinating a sector response to the Regional Plan. She is also a Director of Waimakariri Irrigation Limited, which delivers irrigation water to 23,000ha within the Waimakariri District.

“Alliance Group is committed to supporting the future growth of the rural sector, and we need to create the next generation of leaders in order to do so,” said Murray Taggart, chairman of Alliance Group.

“Victoria impressed us with her desire to learn and develop, her commitment to farming sustainably, and the leadership role she plays in her community. She certainly represents the future of our industry and we are pleased to have her on board for the next 12 months.”

The Alliance Board was delighted with the calibre and number of shareholders that put themselves forward for an Associate Director role and was excited about the depth of talent within the sector, he said.

Victoria is a descendant of Waitaha and Ngāti Māmoe, both of which are represented by the Ngāi Tahu iwi, and is proud to be raising her three daughters as sixth-generation guardians of the land.

“I am looking forward to gaining deeper experience in board governance practice within a co-operative structure and gaining insight into the complexities of the meat industry beyond the farm gate,” said Ms Trayner.

“I want to use this knowledge to contribute to the future success of our sector and make a better New Zealand for the next generation to grow up in.”

Victoria will join the Board for 12 months from August 2021.


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