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Goldman Family

The Goldman Endowment

The Goldman Family

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 12-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 and 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.

He said: "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 affect 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 affecting 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."

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David Goldman

David Goldman Visiting Professor

The 2018 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise is Alison Shaw.

Alison is the founder of the North East Futures UTC. Due to open in Newcastle in September 2018 it aims to equip young people aged 14 – 18 with the skills to pursue careers in IT and Health Sciences. She is also Vice-President of the National Foundation for Educational Research, a leading independent provider of education research and insights.

Alison has considerable experience gained from senior roles at various schools in the North East, including Deputy Head at George Stephenson High School, Killingworth, and 11 years as Principal at Seaton Burn College, where she led the school through a period of significant change which included pioneering relationships with employers and delivering a transformation in the ethos and culture at the school.

Alison added: “I hope that the widespread concern we hear so often about providing people with the skills needed for the workplace of the future makes my education background more relevant to the Goldman professorship. Establishing the UTC has been especially valuable in helping me learn how to bring networks of people and organisations together to work on finding solutions to this skills problem.

“Working with students is what I love most, and I am greatly looking forward to this over the next year, especially to supporting them in an exploration of the future of work and how to prepare themselves to engage confidently as leaders and learners wherever they choose to live and work.”

Professor Sharon Mavin said: “As an influential leader, Alison will be an amazing asset to the Business School over the coming year and her role will support our strategic ambitions of continuing our world-class research and impact in the ‘The Future of Work’ and 'Leading on Leadership'.

Alison will support us in developing our networks and collaborations and support the University’s civic contribution and Place Strategy as an anchor organisation. She will work across the boundaries between the world of education and the world outside and across academic disciplines and industry sectors.”

Previous David Goldman Visiting Professors

  • 2017 Anthony Thomson
  • 2016 Harry Swan
  • 2015 Ammar Mirza
  • 2014 Lucy Armstrong
  • 2013 Roy Sandbach
  • 2012 James Timpson
  • 2011 Tom Maxfield
  • 2010 Will Dracup
  • 2008 Tony Trapp
  • 2007 Fiona Cruickshank
  • 2006 Paul Callaghan
  • 2005 Chris Thompson
  • 2004 Mark I’Anson
  • 2003 Paul Collard
Alison Shaw, David Goldman Visiting Professor 2018

Chair of Innovation & Enterprise

Professor Savvas Papagiannidis is the David Goldman Chair of Innovation and Enterprise.

He said: "My aspiration for the David Goldman Chair of Innovation and Enterprise role is to make an impact by leading the development and delivery of the innovation and enterprise agenda of the Business School, nurturing in the process sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders."

Savvas is a graduate of Newcastle University's Physics Department, where he studied for a BSc Honours and a PhD in Theoretical Physics. He has also completed:

  • a second Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
  • a Masters in Education (Practitioner Enquiry)
  • a Masters in International Studies
  • a PG Certificate in Academic Practice

His research interests revolve around e-business and its various sub-domains, digital innovation and entrepreneurship.

More specifically, his research aims to inform our understanding of how e-business technologies affect:

  • the social and business environment
  • organisational strategies
  • business models

and how these are implemented in terms of functional innovations.

His work puts strong emphasis on innovation, new value creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities, within the context of different industries.

Apart from the impact that the Internet and related technologies can have on businesses, he is also very much interested in the impact such technologies can have on individual users.

View Savvas' full profile.

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