Our governing body is the Lincoln University Council. The functions, duties and powers of the Council are prescribed in the Education and Training Act 2020, sections 280, 281 and 283.
The Council is chaired by the Lincoln University Chancellor.
The Council is made up of 12 members:
- Four members appointed by the relevant Minister of the Crown.
- The Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University.
- One permanent member of the academic staff who is appointed following an election by the permanent members of that group of staff.
- One permanent member of the general staff who is appointed following an election by the permanent members of that group of staff.
- One member who is appointed following an election by Lincoln University students.
- One member who is appointed after consultation with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
- Three members who are appointed by the Council, at least one of whom shall be alumni of Lincoln University.
Functions and Duties of the Council
According to Section 280 of the Education and Training Act 2020, the functions of Council are:
- To appoint a chief executive in accordance with the Public Service Act 2020, and to monitor and evaluate the chief executive’s performance.
- To prepare and submit a proposed plan if the institution is seeking funding under a funding mechanism that provides for funding via plans.
- If the institution has a plan:
- To ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with that plan; and
- To determine policies to implement that plan.
- To determine, subject to the Public Service Act 2020, the policies of the institution in relation to the management of its affairs.
- To undertake planning relating to the institution’s long-term strategic direction.
Section 281 of the Education and Training Act 2020 provides that it is the duty of the Council in performing its functions and exercising its powers, to:
- Strive to ensure that the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and research.
- Acknowledge the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- Encourage the greatest possible participation by the communities served by the institution, so as to maximise the educational potential of all members of those communities with particular emphasis on groups in those communities that are under-represented among the students of the institution.
- Ensure that the institution does not discriminate unfairly against any person.
- Ensure that the institution operates in a financially responsible manner that ensures the efficient use of resources and maintains the institution’s long-term viability.
- Ensure that proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest and the well-being of students attending the institution are maintained.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Lincoln University’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi responsibilities begin with mana whenua. We acknowledge the special relationship and responsibilities our University have to Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki and Te Taumutu Rūnanga which are embedded in our He Tutohinga Whakamatau, Charter of Understanding.
The University seeks to engage and provide opportunities for mana whenua to provide cultural guidance, advice and strategic direction on areas of importance to mana whenua. Further, the University sees its role to support the research and academic needs identified by mana whenua as a means of positively contributing to their aspirations and goals wherever possible.
Representation by Ngāi Tahu is embedded on the University Council and also through Ahumairaki which oversees the Māori development aspirations of the institution on behalf of Council. Regular strategic hui with mana whenua are undertaken throughout the year as well as during campus celebrations led by Te Manutaki, the Office of Māori and Pasifika Development.
Committees reporting to Council
The purpose of the Audit and Risk Committee is to oversee:
- Effective identification and management of strategic risks, both financial and non-financial
- Reliable management and financial reporting and relevant internal control systems
- The insurance renewal programme
- Internal audit and external audit functions
- Reporting of performance metrics for the university and its functions
- Health and safety
- Preparation of the university’s annual report
- The university’s compliance with laws and regulations.
The Capital Asset Committee’s role is to monitor and report to the Council on campus development plans, business as usual (BAU) capital activities and major capital projects, including their intended benefits. Decision-making on these matters rests with Council.
The scope of this committee includes all capital additions and disposals across the campus and other property holdings; capital budgeting and funding opportunities; integration of the capital plans of subsidiaries; and the optimisation of the overall asset portfolio.
The purpose of He Toki Tārai is to monitor and report to Council on the:
- Planning and progress of the educational, research and collaborative initiatives included in the CFA and any other initiatives as requested by Council.
- Realisation of intended benefits from the Moving Forward Programme and any other initiatives as requested by Council.
The purpose of the Farms Committee is to the Council of:
- The strategic research, teaching and learning opportunities associated with the university’s substantial asset portfolio of farms and alignment with the Lincoln University strategy.
- To monitor the implementation of the Farms Plan at a governance level.
Ahumairaki oversees the Māori development aspirations of the institution on behalf of Council and in line with the university’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, Section 281(b) of the Education and Training Act 2020, the Tertiary Education Strategy and the Lincoln University strategic documentation.
The purpose of the Council Appeals Committee is to hear and determine:
- Applications for leave to appeal.
- An application for the review of the amount or extent of a penalty imposed pursuant to the Student Discipline Regulations and/or the imposition of that penalty.
- Any matter referred under clause 18.7 or clause 25.4 of the Student Discipline Regulations.
The purpose of the Appointment and Remuneration Committee is to:
- Oversee the employment interface between the Council and the Vice-Chancellor.
- Oversee the appointment and removal of directors to the board of any Lincoln University wholly-owned subsidiary and/or associated board.
- Oversee the appointment and performance of Council-appointed Council members.
- Recommend remuneration charges for Council members, Council Committee members and members of subsidiary company boards.
The aim of the Humans Ethics Committee is:
- To ensure that all Lincoln University research involving human participants meets established ethical standards, including requirements specified by funding agencies such as the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; Health Research Council and Lottery Health Research.
- To educate Lincoln University staff on the needs and requirements for ethically-sound research and teaching practices.
- To ensure Lincoln University maintains high ethical standards of research.
- To minimise any risk of liability faced by the university or its members by research projects involving human subjects.
The purpose of the Awards Committee is to advise the Council on the awarding of:
- Higher doctorates honoris causa
- The Bledisloe Medal
- The Lincoln Alumni International Medal
- The Ngāti Moki Trophy for Māori Leadership
- The Lincoln University Global Science Medal
- The Chancellor’s Medal
- The Lincoln University Medal.
The Committee may also advise the Council on the revocation of these awards.
Council Meeting Dates
Council meetings are held in the Council Chamber, Level 1, George Forbes Building Lincoln University campus.
|28 February 2023||9.00-1.00pm|
|28 March 2023||9.00-1.00pm|
|26 April 2023||9.00-1.00pm|
|4 July 2023||9.00-1.00pm|
|29 August 2023||9.00-1.00pm|
|31 October 2023||9.00-1.00pm|
|28 November 2023||9.00-1.00pm|
|12 December 2023 (TBC)||9.00-1.00pm|
Members of Council
|Council member||Brief biography|
Bruce Gemmell – Chancellor
BBS (Massey), CA
20 August 2013
12 July 2023 – 11 July 2027
Bruce Gemmell joined the Lincoln University Council in August 2013 and became Pro-Chancellor in May 2018. He has also been a member of the University of Canterbury Council.
A chartered accountant and former senior partner at international accounting firm EY, Bruce now works as a professional director, holding positions with Planz Consultants Limited, Orion New Zealand Limited, the Highlanders rugby franchise, Miramar Consolidated Limited, Central Plains Water Limited and Lincoln Agritech Limited. He owns and operates a private finance company. He is also board advisor to Ticket Direct, and Lincoln Agritech Limited.
Bruce was appointed Chancellor of Lincoln University in January 2019.
Emeritus Professor James McWha – Pro-Chancellor
AO, BSc, BAgr(Hons) (Queen's University of Belfast), PhD (Glasgow), PhD ad eundum gradum (Adelaide), DSc honoris causa (Massey), DUniv honoris causa (Adelaide)
24 July 2021 – 24 July 2025
Professor James McWha has an esteemed career in the tertiary education sector. He began his university journey studying botany at Queen’s University Belfast in the early 1970s.
James Parsons - Council Member (Alumnus)
Dip Farm Mgmnt (Linc)
1 March 2023 – 28 February 2027
James Parsons has extensive agribusiness and rural sector leadership experience. His Northland family business, Hard Hill Country Genetics, breeds and provides sheep and Angus beef genetics to clients throughout New Zealand.
As an experienced director James chairs Wools of New Zealand and is a director for OSPRI – charged with managing NAIT, the national cattle and deer traceability system, and TB Free a national disease and pest management programme. He is a former chair of Beef+Lamb New Zealand and the New Zealand Meat Board. And a board member of AgFirst Northland where he also provides farm systems advice to farm businesses.
James has held directorships in economic development, the veterinary and electricity sectors. His governance skills are complemented by strong ability in strategic and stakeholder management, government and media relations, and he brings practical farmer perspectives to governance decisions.
James’ career is underpinned by a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, awarded in 2008, and academic success at Lincoln University where he was the Gold Medallist (1999) and awarded the Diploma in Farm Management with Distinction.
Professor Grant Edwards
BAgrSci (Hons) (Lincoln) DPhil (Oxford)
1 January 2022 – 31 December 2026
|Coming from a farming background in Northland, Professor Edwards completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Hons from Lincoln University in 1990. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1991 and through this scholarship, he completed a DPhil in behavioural ecology at Oxford University in 1994.
He then held research and teaching positions at AgResearch and Imperial College London, before returning to Lincoln University in 2005, first as a senior lecturer in pasture science, before moving to the position of Professor of Dairy Production in 2009. He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2019 to 2021 and began his appointment as Vice-Chancellor in 2022.
Professor Edwards’ research interests are in the profitability and environmental performance of dairy farming systems. At Lincoln University, he has been instrumental in the activation of a farm portfolio to support a continuum of activities from component research through to farm systems and demonstration.
David Jensen - Ministerial Appointment
BAgr, Dip Agri Sc
8 September 2021 – 7 September 2025
David resides in the Bay of Plenty and owns and operates dairy, kiwifruit, forestry and avocado businesses around the Tauranga district.
David is graduate of Massey University with a Agri Degree as well as a Post-Grad Diploma in farm management.
Prior to going farming David with a dairy farm Consultant in Canterbury and the Waikato.
He has a wide governance background in the primary sector having held roles with Farmlands, Livestock Improvement, Satara, Eastpack Co-op, Figured, and chairs a wide range of MyFarm Limited Partnerships.
David is Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Janice Fredric - Ministerial appointment
BCom (Cant), MBA (Dist) (Massey), CA, CFInstD
8 September 2021 – 7 September 2025
Janice Fredric was appointed as a University Council member in 2017 by the Minister and currently chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and the Capital Asset Committee.
She is currently Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Aviation Security Service, a director of NIWA, Mainpower NZ Limited and Unity Credit Union, an independent member of the Timaru District Council Audit and Risk Committee, and a trustee of the NZ Shipwreck Welfare Trust.
Gabrielle Thompson - Ministerial appointment
18 June 2020 – 17 June 2024
Graduating from Massey University with a veterinary degree in 2000, Gabrielle developed her own companion animal clinic in 2004.
Dr Marjan van den Belt - Ministerial appointment
Msc (Eramus), Grad Cert (Maryland), PhD (Maryland)
26 February 2020 – 25 February 2024
Dr Marjan van den Belt has a life-long passion for ecological sustainability, social and cultural fairness and innovative economic solutions.
Elizabeth (Liz) Hill-Taiaroa - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu appointment
BA degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (UC)
He Papa Tikanga, He Tikanga Whakaaro, and Te Reo Māori qualifications from Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
16 March 2023 – 15 March 2027
Ko Nuku Mania tōku maunga
Ko Rakaia tōku awa
Ko Uruao tōku waka
Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi
Ko Ngāi te Ruahikihiki raua Ngai Tūāhuriri ōku hapū
Ko Ngāti Moki tōku marae
No Taumutu ahau
Ko Teihoka raua Brown ōku whānau ingoa
Ko Liz Hill-Taiaroa ahau
Liz Hill-Taiaroa was appointed the representative of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu on the Lincoln University Council by the unanimous decision of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Kāhui Kahukura.
Liz brings strong educational and Te Ao Māori perspectives to the Council through secondary school teaching in Canterbury, with senior and leadership positions at Kaiapoi High School and St Andrew’s College, over the years 2006-2022. Liz actively participates in Te Taumutu Rūnanga, living the experience of Tikanga Māori and her whakapapa roots in the takiwā within which Lincoln University stands.
Liz is the Kaihautū- General Manager of Kōia te Mātauraka, a jointly owned rūnanga company delivering on Te Rautaki Mātauranga- the Ngāi Tahu Education Strategy- and working with schools and leadership teams to build relevant resources to support developments in the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum. Kōia te Mātauraka supports mana whenua within the takiwā of the seven stakeholders in their educational aspirations and enables ECE, primary and secondary schools to access culturally relevant source material. Liz is Oranga Portfolio leader for Te Taumutu Rūnanga, engaging in hauora initiatives across health, education, justice and futures. Liz is also in her second term as Secretary on the Te Taumutu Rūnanga Executive and has worked within this team to drive structural change to meet the evolving needs of whānui within the takiwā.
Her governance and management experience includes over twenty years in roles as board member, treasurer and secretary (current) of Te Taumutu Runanga; University of Canterbury Ngai Tahu advisory panel member; University of Canterbury TEC panel Ngai Tahu representative; St Albans Community Pre-school Board Chair; Hornby High School Board of Trustees, Te Taumutu Runanga representative; and St Andrew’s College ISEA Representative and Secretary.
Professor Derrick Moot - Academic Staff appointment
B.AG.Sci (Hons) (Canterbury), PhD (Lincoln)
29 May 2022 - 28 May 2026
Professor Derrick Moot has previously served as the staff representative on the Lincoln University Alumni Association executive. He is a graduate of the University and was appointed as a lecturer in 1995.
He is a National Tertiary Teaching Award winner (2004) and was appointed a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science in 2015.
He has received numerous awards in recognition of his services to the sheep and beef industry including the Ray Brougham Award from the New Zealand Grassland Trust in 2016.
Professor Moot takes an evidence based approach to his teaching of diploma, degree and postgraduate students and has a strong rural extension presence, particularly among sheep and beef farmers.
He leads the Dryland Pastures Research programme which has been creating farm systems that are resilient to climate change for over 25 years. Its work has instrumental in the transformation of rain-fed farms across New Zealand, Australia and South America. It was awarded the NZIAHS significant achievement award for services to sheep and beef farmers in 2021.
Professor Moot has published more than 300 peer reviewed science papers, supervised more than 100 postgraduate students and managed more than 20 externally funded research projects.
His current research includes a farmlet comparison of conventional and regenerative grazing practices, assessment of pasture systems for the “Hill Country Futures programme” and development on the AgYields database of crop and pasture yields hosted by Lincoln University.
Michelle Ash - General Staff appointment
NZIM Diploma in Management
28 March 2023 – 22 March 2027
Michelle Ash joined Lincoln University in 2000 and is presently the Head of the Career Centre. She works closely with students, graduates and staff, fostering strong relationships with industry partners to ensure Lincoln University’s students and graduates leverage their employability to successfully transition into employment and further study.
In addition to this position, she holds leadership and governance roles on the Lincoln University Campus Service Council, and University Careers & Employability New Zealand, and is a longstanding member and Strategy & Governance Lead for the NZUni Talent Consortium.
Amy Wells - Student appointment
BSc. Environmental Science (Hons)
1 December 2022 – 30 November 2023
Amy is the Lincoln University Students' Association President for 2023.
Council Secretary, Strategy Governance Officer
Contact Nathaniel regarding Council and committee meetings, papers, or other governance-related inquiries.