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Andrew Borland - Lincoln degree a valued career platform

Tuesday, 31 October 2017   (0 Comments)

The career-supporting versatility of Lincoln University degrees is epitomised in the professional life of 1986 Bachelor of Commerce (Agricultural) graduate Andrew Borland, who was guest speaker at the Christchurch LincUp Alumni & Friends function on 21 September.

 
 Andrew Borland addressing the Christchurch alumni gathering.

Andrew’s career has taken him from a Rural Bank cadetship after graduation, on to 20 years with Westpac rising to Head of Corporate, Westpac (New Zealand), then in 2007 on to leading New Zealand agribusiness operator Scales Corporation, first as a divisional CEO and since 2011 as Managing Director. Along the way has been a highly influential period at Stanford University in the USA attending one of its famous ‘boot camps’ for business entrepreneurs.

It’s been a fulfilling journey from Southland where he grew up, and James Hargest High School in Invercargill, which he attended. After leaving school he joined local farm supply company JE Watson Ltd. While with Watsons, two Lincoln alumni Jeremy Gould and Bruce Shields suggested he should look at enrolling at Lincoln College.

“It was probably the best advice I ever got in my life,” he says.

Andrew completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Agricultural) degree in 1986 and joined the Rural Bank as a cadet.

“It was a tough period for farmers, but the hard times were really good for me in terms of professional learning. You learn a lot more in hard times than in easy times.”

From the Rural Bank Andrew joined Westpac.

“The Rural bank and Westpac gave me two great professional experiences, working with two great teams, learning from good operators and leaders.

“When I was in banking I used to hire a lot of Lincoln graduates. Someone was impressed by them and said to me ‘What is it about you Lincoln guys?’ I think the answer lies in the practical nature of Lincoln’s degrees, where practice is given as much weight as theory. Also the collegial nature of Lincoln and the people skills you learn there. This all prepares you for the real world and the importance of cooperation, business relationships, understanding people and getting on with them.”

In addition to his leadership position with Scales Corporation, Andrew is Chair of Akaroa Salmon, Primary Collaboration NZ Ltd and Primary Collaboration New Zealand (Shanghai). He is also a director of George H Investments Ltd, Pipfruit New Zealand, Rabo Australia Ltd, Rabobank Australia and Rabobank New Zealand. He is, too, involved with Central Otago deer and beef cattle breeding and fattening company Loganbrae.