International agri-services group Origin Enterprises has appointed Helen Kirkpatrick to the board as an independent non-executive director, with immediate effect.

The group provides specialist agronomy advice, crop inputs and digital agricultural solutions to farmers, growers and amenity professionals.

Kirkpatrick has experience as a non-executive director across a range of industries, having served as a board member in public, private and not-for-profit companies operating nationally and internationally over the past 20 years.

Her most recent prior board memberships include as a non-executive director at Kingspan Group, UTV Media / Wireless Group and agri-food business Dale Farm Co-operative. 

In her various roles, Kirkpatrick has served as chairperson of both audit and remuneration committees and held the position of senior independent director.

Helen currently sits on the board of NTR and a number of technology development companies.


With a background in corporate finance and business advisory services, Kirkpatrick has held a number of senior positions in global professional services firms, including Ernst & Young and Deloitte.

She was also a corporate finance executive with Invest Northern Ireland, the economic development agency for Northern Ireland.

She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

She has been awarded an MBE for services to the community in Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the appointment, chairman of Origin Rose said:

“As part of our ongoing evaluation of board composition and to ensure Origin continues to maintain an appropriate range and balance of skills, diversity and experience at board level, we undertook a comprehensive recruitment process for this appointment.

“I am delighted to welcome Helen to the board and we look forward to her contribution through the next phase of the group’s growth and development.”

Earlier this month, Origin Enterprises appointed Alex Steel as group commercial director.