Lincoln University Foundation

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

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. You can learn more about them here.

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.

Sebastian Wilberforce
[email protected]

Lincoln University Foundation
Charity registration number CC57353
PO Box 85084
Lincoln University
Lincoln 7647


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.

Bruce McKenzie

Bruce McKenzie is a crop and pasture agronomist, specialising in crop science, environmental effects on crop growth, computer simulation modelling, and water use of crops and pastures.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University, and he completed both his Diploma of Agricultural Science and PhD at Lincoln University.

In 2008, Bruce was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University.

Six years later in July 2016, he became Chief Academic Officer (interim). In this role, he was responsible for the three university faculties (Agriculture and Life Sciences; Agribusiness and Commerce; and Environment, Society and Design), along with the University Studies and English Language Division and the Learning, Teaching & Library department.

In April 2018, Bruce was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and in January 2019, he became Acting Vice-Chancellor

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 1998/1989 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 Agricultural Commerce (Valuation and 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.