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The new Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce

We have renamed the Faculty of Commerce to emphasise our focus on land-based endeavour. It is now called the Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce. We now have four departments operating within the Faculty, rather than the three previously. To date they have working titles and their final names will be determined by staff and endorsed by senior management. I am pleased to announce four new Heads of Department (HoDs):




Dr Tracy-Anne De Silva

 (Department of Financial and Business Systems) 

Associate Professor Mike Lyne

  (Department of Agribusiness and Markets) 

Guy Trafford

 (Department of Land Management and Systems)  

Dr Mark Wilson

 (Department of Global Value Chains and Trade)  


These appointments became effective on 25 August 2014. Each HoD reports to the Dean of the Faculty, Associate Professor Hugh Bigsby. We now have a predominantly new management team leading the Faculty and I acknowledge and thank Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Scholarship and Research, Associate Professor Stefanie Rixecker, Dean of the Faculty Hugh Bigsby and Tracy-Anne, Mike, Guy and Mark for making this possible.


 Associate Professor Hugh Bigsby 

 (Dean of Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce)  

 Associate Professor Stefanie Rixecker 

 (Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Scholarship and Research)



I also acknowledge the contributions of the outgoing Heads of department in the three former departments, particularly for their management over the last 18 months of the Qualifications Reform and the Change Proposal processes:

  • Jack Radford (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Dr Ramzi Addison (Business Management, Law and Marketing), and
  • Richard Stevens (Agricultural Management and Property Studies)

They have each made a valuable contribution to Lincoln University, some of them as over many years.


I hope you’ll agree that the foci of the new departments are aligned with our land-based specialisation. Of course, land-based is not restricted to working with the land alone; it also encompasses value chains and the activities supporting these chains. Our new portfolio of qualifications neatly articulates that definition.


Later in the year I will (re)introduce the other faculties to you as there have been changes in them as well, although not as expansive.