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. 

Our Constitution 

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 Tūtohinga Whakamātau, Charter of Understanding.

He Tūtohinga Whakamātau, 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

Council Meeting Dates

Council meetings are held in the Whare Auahu Meeting Room (018) on the ground floor of the Waimarie building at Lincoln University campus.

Date Time
27 February 2024 9.00-1.00pm
26 March 2024 9.00-1.00pm
30 April 2024 9.00-1.00pm
28 May 2024 9.00-1.00pm
30 July 2024 9.00-1.00pm
27 August 2024 9.00-1.00pm
29 October 2024 9.00-1.00pm
26 November 2024 9.00-1.00pm
17 December 2024 TBC

Council Agendas and Minutes

The Council papers for each session are available from the public session of each Council meeting


 Members of Council

Council member Brief biography
Bruce Gemmell – Chancellor 

BBS (Massey), CA

First joined

20 August 2013

Current Term

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. 

Puamiria Parata-Goodall - Pro-Chancellor

BA (Cant), Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi. 

Current Term

1 March 2024 - 28 February 2027





Puamiria Parata-Goodall is a distinguished member of the Lincoln University Council, first joining in 2015. After stepping down in 2023 to take up other governance roles, she was reappointed to the Council in 2024 and confirmed as Pro- Chancellor.

Her extensive governance experience includes roles on the Canterbury Museum Trust Board, the Arts Council of New Zealand, Te Pae Kōrako Ngāi Tahu Archives and Whakapapa Advisory Committee, the Ngāi Tahu Fund, the Christchurch Public Arts Advisory Group, and Te Taumutu Rūnanga. She has also served on the governance boards of The Arts Centre of Christchurch, Te Matatini, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, and the Waitaha Cultural Council.

Her passion lies in cultural legacy, focusing on building, strengthening, and growing cultural identity, confidence, and competence. A proud descendant of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe, Waitaha, and Ngāti Kahungunu, Puamiria is dedicated to working with her various hapū to nurture initiatives that strengthen hapū and iwi identity and mātauranga. 

James Parsons - Council Member (Alumnus)

Dip Farm Mgmnt (Linc)

Current Term

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)


Current Term

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


Current Term

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

Current Term

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.  

An experienced chair and professional director with over 20 years of governance experience, she has a broad portfolio of directorships with experience in commercial, Crown and not-for-profit sectors. 

Janice has held senior executive positions in professional services and finance and banking sectors internationally.   

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. 

Previous directorships include Maritime New Zealand, Credit Union South, Hurunui Tourism, NZ Family Planning, University of Canterbury Foundation, Duncan Cotterill Lawyers and YHA NZ. 

Janice is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.  

Gabrielle Thompson - Ministerial appointment

BVSc (Massey)

Current Term

18 June 2024 – 17 June 2028

Graduating from Massey University with a veterinary degree in 2000, Gabrielle developed her own companion animal clinic in 2004. 

She grew this to five clinics around the lower South Island over a 10-year period before selling to a nationwide company.

Together with her husband and their family, Gabrielle owns and operates a 530 ha arable and store lamb farm at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. She has also owned an artisan bread company, with products sold through supermarkets nationwide. 

Gabrielle is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors. In addition to this, she is a director of rural supplies company Rural Co and the first board-appointed Farmer Director for Silver Fern Farms Co-operative. 

Dr Marjan van den Belt - Ministerial appointment

Msc (Eramus), Grad Cert (Maryland), PhD (Maryland)

Current Term

18 June 2024 – 17 June 2028

Dr Marjan van den Belt has a life-long passion for ecological sustainability, social and cultural fairness and innovative economic solutions.

This is reflected in a unique combination of academic qualifications, inter/trans-disciplinary research, and management and governance experience.

As a strategic partner with Terra Moana Ltd, she seeks to serve communities of people and organisations who critically engage with a vision for a regenerative society through enterprise, board positions, facilitation, analysis and synthesis.

Formerly, she held the positions of Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Director of Ecological Economics Research New Zealand (EERNZ) at Massey University.

She was appointed to the Treasury’s Tax Working Group in 2019 and has been a Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (Impact) Assessor.

She is currently a member of Wellington City Council’s Sustainable Food Community Working Group.

Previously on the Sustainable Business Council, and currently a member of the Pool of Experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, she has held seven board membership positions, been an advisor to seven boards and served on seven national and international strategic working groups or expert panels.  

Elizabeth (Liz) Hill-TaiaroaTe 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. 


Current Term

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)

Current Term

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

Current Term

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.

Demetrio Cooper  - Student appointment

BA Environmental Management

Current Term

1 December 2023 – 30 November 2024


Demetrio is the Lincoln University Students' Association President for 2024.


Nathaniel Heslop

Council Secretary, Strategy Governance Officer


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