Lincoln University Foundation

The Lincoln University Foundation helps the University to achieve its vision of being a globally ranked, top five land-based University

The Foundation is ideally placed to support Lincoln University’s goals of providing a world-class teaching and research precinct, along with greater investment in scholarships and research.

The Lincoln University Foundation supports these outcomes through:

  • Receiving and stewarding donations made to the University
  • Investing and growing its endowment wisely and well
  • Making grants to the University and its students to fund scholarships and awards, or for any other purposes that will allow Lincoln to achieve its aims.

Please contact Naomi Wilde, Director alumni & Development for Lincoln University, if you would like to make a donation or bequest. We encourage you to get in touch if you intend a gift for a specific purpose and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you. This will allow us to ensure that we use your gift to achieve exactly what you intend. We can also provide any other information you may be after.

The Foundation is run by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are either Alumni or actively involved with the governance of the University. Their combined skills and experience are ideally suited to the Foundation.

The Trustees

James Ring

James Ring is Chair of the Lincoln University Foundation. James has extensive experience in the funds management industry spanning over 30 years. He has a wealth of experience and expertise managing New Zealand and international investments. Most recently, James was joint CEO and Investment Manager at QuayStreet Asset Management. Prior to this, he was Investment Manager at Rank Group, managing their US based Reynolds Group Pension Funds. James' achievements across a variety of roles include:

  • Portfolio Manager, Sydney based Ellerston Capital (owned by the Packer Family) from 2006 to 2010 James managed their Asia Pacific investments.
  • Launched Challenger Smaller Companies Fund (based in Sydney) This Fund went on to win the Morningstar 'Best Fund' in its category in 2003, and a similar award from Standard and Poor's in 2004.
  • He was joint Founder of Coronet Asset Management – a fund manager specializing in Australasian equities, before selling this business to ASX listed Challenger Financial Services Group in 1999.
  • Director of Equities, Southpac Investment Management. One of his roles was managing the National Bank Equity Growth Trust, which was awarded 'best domestic equity fund by IPAC for 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Andrew South

CFA, BAgSc and PG DipCom

After an initial stint at Caltex Oil(NZ) Limited Andrew's investment career now spans close to three decades. This includes portfolio management and analyst positions at both AMP Asset Management and Tower Portfolio Management and Chief Investment Officer, Director and Australasian equity portfolio management roles at BT Funds Management.

During 2004 Andrew joined Brook Asset Management as a Director/Shareholder and subsequently as Chief Investment Officer/Director until 2014. 

Since then, Andrew was involved in the formation and the growth of QuayStreet Asset Management as a Director and Chief Investment Officer responsible for portfolio construction, asset allocation and performance across the business until its sale earlier this year.

Bruce Gemmell


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.

Bruce was appointed Chancellor of Lincoln University in January 2019.

A chartered accountant and former senior partner at international accounting firm EY, he now works as a professional director, holding positions with Planz Consultant Limited, the Highlanders rugby franchise, Miramar Consolidated, Destination Westland and Lincoln Agritech. He owns and operates a private finance company.

He is also Board advisor to Fortress Information Systems, Ticket Direct and Dash Tickets.

Professor Grant Edwards

As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Grant Edwards’ portfolios are research and education. 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 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,  Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2019, and 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 farm portfolios to support a continuum of activities from component research, to farm systems and demonstration.

Jackie Petter

After graduating from Lincoln in 1981 with a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Commerce (Horticulture), Jackie worked mainly in fresh produce exporting businesses – TNL Exports, Horticulture Industries and was based in Seattle working for a New Zealand flower importer. After some time travelling overseas she returned to New Zealand and in 1998/1999 worked at NZFP Pulp and Paper Ltd in marketing and strategic planning.

She is a shareholder and active board member of Freshco, a fresh fruit and produce export business with apple orchards, packhouses and coolstore facilities in Hawkes Bay and Nelson and an export office in Auckland. She is married with four young adult children, resides in Auckland and currently works as a registered psychotherapist in private practice, predominantly working with young adults.

Andrew (Andy) Borland

Graduating from Lincoln College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Agricultural) (Farm Management), Andy joined the Rural Bank where he spent four years and then had seventeen years at Westpac finishing in the role of Head of Corporate and Property Finance for New Zealand.

He moved to Scales Corporation Limited in 2007 as CEO and became Managing Director in 2011. Andy has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of Scales.

In addition to his directorships of the Scales Group, Andy is currently a director of FI Group Holding Pty Limited, ANZ Exports Pty Limited, Primary Collaboration New Zealand Limited, and Primary Collaboration New Zealand (Shanghai) Co. Limited.

He is also Trustee of a number of Family Trusts. He and his wife Gina Dellabarca live in Christchurch and have two adult sons – one a Lincoln alumni and the other still a current Lincoln student.


Donations and contacts


Make a donation

Please complete this form to make a donation to the Lincoln University Foundation

Contact us

Lincoln University Foundation

Charity registration number CC57353

PO Box 85084

Lincoln University

Lincoln 7647