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 the Foundation 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

 Richard Riddell

Richard Riddell is the Lincoln University Alumni Association’s representative on and Chair of the Lincoln University Foundation. He also Chairs the Lincoln University Centennial Trust.

Graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Agriculture Commerce (Valuation and Farm Management), he had a sojourn playing rugby in the Northern Hemisphere, then began a career in banking and funds management and he brings this experience to the Lincoln University Centennial Trust and Lincoln University Foundation.

Richard has been in the funds management industry since 1992, initially with Southpac Investment Management Limited as Director Auckland, then Coronet Asset Management Limited as General Manager.

He served as Vice-President of Bankers Trust, before joining New Zealand Assets Management Limited (NZAM) as Executive Director and Principal, until he decided to pursue a lifelong interest and go farming in 2017.

Richard is also a director of Castle Point Funds Management Limited and Hawke’s Bay Racing Club, and a trustee of numerous family trusts.

He and his wife, Rebecca, are sheep and beef farmers in Hawke’s Bay.

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, Orion New Zealand 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.

Fiona Hancox

Fiona Hancox and her husband operate a large sheep and beef breeding and finishing operation in West Otago.  

Fiona is a director on Silver Fern Farms Cooperative Board and CBNZ (Cooperative Business NZ), a director of West Otago Health Limited and a Trustee of the Clutha Foundation. She also served on the Beef + Lamb NZ Southern South Island Farmers Council. 

A former South Island Farmer of the Year, she has completed the 2015/16 Fonterra Governance Development Programme and AWDT Escalator Leadership and Governance Programme in 2014. 

She also holds a National Diploma in Ambulance Practice and is a Volunteer Ambulance Officer.

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 George H Investments Limited and the Chairman of Akaroa Salmon Limited, Primary Collaboration New Zealand Limited, Primary Collaboration New Zealand (Shanghai) Co. Limited and Rabobank New Zealand 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