In 2001 the Goldman family made an endowment to Newcastle University Business School to commemorate the life and work of David Goldman, founder and Chief Executive of the North East’s iconic software company, the Sage Group plc. David had played a leading role in transforming the economic fortunes of the North East region.
The Goldman Endowment has enabled the School to establish two positions, both designed to stimulate entrepreneurship and foster innovation within the North East of England.
The David Goldman Visiting Professorship is a twelve-month appointment, awarded each year to a leading entrepreneur or business leader from within the region who will be able to provide inspiration and motivation to budding entrepreneurs and business leaders. The role involves working with the School to provide leadership and mentoring to students and faculty, and also delivering the David Goldman Annual Business School Lecture.
Also funded under the endowment is the David Goldman Chair of Innovation & Enterprise, based within the Business School.
David Goldman’s son Daniel, Managing Director of the growth capital firm Goldrock, sees the endowment as a fitting tribute to the work of his father:
"The Goldman Endowment at Newcastle University Business School was created not only as part of an enduring legacy to the memory of my father but more importantly to effect real change.
"He felt strongly that education and business could powerfully combine to make the North East a region that could sustain healthy economic growth.
"Led by our mother, the Goldman family feel strongly about effecting real change on the ground.
By providing a platform for an experienced entrepreneur in the form of the annual visiting professorship we can provide a valuable portal between the two worlds of business and academia for the benefit of both."