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David Goldman's legacy, twenty years on

David was the founder and Chief Executive of the North East's iconic software company, the Sage Group plc.

For his success and contribution to the economy of the North East and beyond, he was named North East Businessman of the Year and UK Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1992, Goldman also received an MBE. He took a keen interest in local affairs, sitting for a time on the board of Business Link Tyneside and holding a number of non-paid directorships. Twenty years have passed since his untimely passing away in October 1999. In order to commemorate his life and work, the Goldman family made an endowment to Newcastle University Business School in 2001.

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 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. 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 current Visiting Professor is Herb Kim. Also funded under the endowment is the David Goldman Chair of Innovation and Enterprise. The Chair is held by an experienced researcher with an established record of research output, academic leadership, and strong links with business. Prof Papagiannidis has been the Goldman Chair since 2013. In addition to the above, the generous support provided via the Goldman Endowment has made it possible to recruit 7 doctoral students so far.

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published on: 10 October 2019