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2013

November 2013

  1. Sir Bob Murray with Electrical Engineering student Mandy Davison and her two children

    Sir Bob returns to his roots

    Sir Bob returned to his roots in November as guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his hometown of Consett. Bob was invited to speak at the ceremony and personally sponsored four…

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    Sir Bob Murray with Electrical Engineering student Mandy Davison and her two children

    Sir Bob returned to his roots in November as guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his hometown of Consett.

    Bob was invited to speak at the ceremony and personally sponsored four new special achievement awards which he presented to students.

    Sir Bob said; “I was thrilled to be invited to Derwentside College’s annual awards ceremony to be guest speaker.  As a former student it was a great opportunity to share my personal story and demonstrate the power of education to transform a young person’s life – namely my own.

    “I left school with just one O-Level, and with twice as many people looking for jobs due to the baby boom after the war, I was unemployed for a year. It was a really difficult time for me and changed my outlook on life forever.

    “I realised the value and importance of education and studied part time for the next ten years to further my education and never looked back. I am truly passionate about education.

    “I had a wonderful evening meeting the students and their families and celebrating their outstanding achievements and success.

    “It was also fantastic to see how Derwentside College has invested and expanded in recent years by working closely with regional employers, advancing apprenticeships and growing student numbers. It is a highly respected institution and has grown into an extremely successful business.

    Derwentside College celebrated the success of all graduating students and 21 students received special awards for academic excellence and endeavour on the night.

    Four of the students received Special Achievements awards sponsored by Sir Bob Murray personally; Natalie Dixon (Customer Service), Wayne Spears (Information Technology), Heather Louise Robinson (Business Administration) and Mandy Davison (Electrical Engineering).

    Mandy Davison said; “I was thrilled to have been nominated but to have won the ‘Sir Bob Murray Award for Special Achievement in Electrical Engineering’ and then to have him present it to me was absolutely fantastic. The proudest moment for me was knowing that my children were there to see this.”

    Principal Albert Croney said; “It was an honour for the College to have Sir Bob, a former student, with us for such a special evening, especially as this was the first time that the Awards had been held on our College campus.

    “Our Awards evening  is about celebrating success, the success of individuals in achieving their goals by progressing to higher education or securing employment, and the success of the college working with employers and their workforce to raise skill levels and improve productivity.

    “The college has enjoyed very high success rates again this year that place us in the top 10% of all colleges nationally for the majority of our further education provision.  In the last 12 months alone we have delivered 465 different learning aims to 9493 students, had 4518 apprentices in 29 different occupational areas and we have worked with 1127 different employers.”

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July 2013

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    Sir Bob attends first graduation ceremony as Chancellor

    Sir Bob Murray has attended his first graduation ceremony as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University. As part of his Chancellor role Bob made a speech congratulating students on their academic success. Welcoming the graduands and…

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    Sir Bob Murray has attended his first graduation ceremony as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University.

    As part of his Chancellor role Bob made a speech congratulating students on their academic success.

    Welcoming the graduands and their families, Bob encouraged the ceremony to be a celebration by saying: “We are here to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences.

    “I am asking you all to give whole hearted applause and cheering throughout the ceremony. Let’s make this a real celebration.”

    Bob praised graduands for their hard work throughout their time at university: “Believe me, I find it positively humbling to stand on this stage greeting you and congratulating you.

    “I am under no illusion as to the amount of time, sacrifice and sheer commitment demonstrated by you all.

    “You have shown great tenacity and spirit. You set a goal, you achieved it. You are entitled to feel very, very proud.”

    Addressing the University staff, Bob added: “I thank and congratulate the educators, mentors, advisors and staff of this very special university for their dedication in advancing your education.

    Bob also offered inspirational advice to the students about to graduate and embark on the next chapter of their lives; “Focus on working hard, be determined to learn more, aim to become better at what you do best and aspire to a life of adventure and achievement.”

    “I wish you good luck and great fortune. In whatever task you set yourself, you go equipped. Do it well, and you will end up amazing yourself!”

    Bob was installed as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University in an official ceremony in January at the university’s Great Hall.

    Bob’s connection with the university dates back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy part-time at Leeds Polytechnic.

    In 2008, Bob was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration for his contribution to business and sport by the university.

     

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January 2013

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    Sir Bob installed as Chancellor at Leeds Metropolitan

    Sir Bob was installed as Leeds Metropolitan University’s new Chancellor during an official ceremony in the university’s Great Hall on Monday 28th January. The formal occasion began with 100 representatives from across the university leading…

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    Sir Bob was installed as Leeds Metropolitan University’s new Chancellor during an official ceremony in the university’s Great Hall on Monday 28th January.

    The formal occasion began with 100 representatives from across the university leading a procession, followed by a showcase of student work, including music and dance performances.

    Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Price welcomed guests while Jenny Share, Secretary and Registrar, gave a citation detailing Sir Bob’s achievements to date. Following his installation, the Lord Mayor of Leeds offered Sir Bob a civic welcome.

    The university announced Bob was to be their new figurehead in October last year. As an alumnus of Leeds Met, his links with the university date back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy part-time at the university’s predecessor institution, Leeds Polytechnic. Some years later, in 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration by Leeds Metropolitan for his contribution to business and sport.

    Speaking during the Inauguration ceremony Sir Bob said: “I’m both astonished and thrilled to be here today. I feel very privileged to be invited to be Chancellor of this esteemed institution and I would like to thank the University for granting me this unique position.

    “I’ve strived to achieve many goals in my life, but I would never have dreamt that being Chancellor of a major University, with 30,000 students and staff, would become one of them!”
    Talking about his own education he said: “If you had read my school reports, I am not sure I would be standing here today! The fact is I failed at School. In part due to a childhood setback, but also a modest work ethic! I believe my personal story to be apt though, as it demonstrates the power of education.
    “I was born just after the war in the baby boom of 1946. When I left school in 1961 there were twice as many school leavers seeking employment as there were jobs. As there was no prospect of me joining the local steelworks where my dad worked, I was unemployed for a year. That experience was the hardest but also the most important of my life. It had a profound effect and changed my life.”

    “It gave me a lifelong driving ambition to succeed and I finally woke up and understood the importance of education.” “I am especially thrilled to be taking on this role in Leeds. I came to Yorkshire in 1969 for 2 years to advance my career. That was 44 years ago! Yorkshire is now my adopted home and I have spent my entire business career here.

    Reflecting on his business career he added, “Throughout my career I’ve always been passionate about building things. I’m inspired by creating businesses, developing major projects and forming relationships. I never do things alone, always choosing to work in partnership with great people. I believe in approaching everything I do with sincerity and integrity.”

    “I hope my experience in business and lifelong focus on education will give me the necessary qualities to support the university, its outstanding staff and the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve their ambitions and aspirations.”

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    Leeds Metropolitan University  

    •     Leeds Metropolitan University has over 27,000 students and around 2,800 staff.

    •     The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor Susan Price and the Chair of the Board is Lord Woolmer of Leeds.

    •      Leeds Metropolitan’s four faculties are: Arts, Environment and Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and Carnegie.

    •      Leeds Metropolitan’s heritage can be traced back to the founding of the Mechanics Institute in Leeds in 1824.

    •      The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) showed that the proportion of Leeds Metropolitan 2010/11 graduates in work, further study or both six months after leaving university was 91.87%.

    •      Libraries and Learning Innovation at Leeds Metropolitan was awarded the CSE standard for the tenth year running in 2012.

    •      In 2012, Leeds Metropolitan was awarded a ‘First’ in the People & Planet Green League, a league table of environmentally friendly universities, for the sixth consecutive year.

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2012

October 2012

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    Sir Bob Murray to be appointed Chancellor at Leeds Metropolitan University

    On 15th October, Leeds Metropolitan announced that Sir Bob Murray CBE is to become the new Chancellor of the University. Sir Bob, who was described as a businessman, philanthropist, and passionate supporter of education, will…

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    On 15th October, Leeds Metropolitan announced that Sir Bob Murray CBE is to become the new Chancellor of the University.
    Sir Bob, who was described as a businessman, philanthropist, and passionate supporter of education, will be officially installed as Chancellor at a formal ceremony at the university early 2013.

    Bob has been a leading business figure in Yorkshire for the last 43 years but is probably best known for his chairmanship of Sunderland AFC. He is also heavily involved with charitable causes and education: he is co-sponsor of Academy 360 which educates 4-16 year olds and aims to break cycles of educational underachievement and he set up the pioneering Foundation of Light charity to bring benefits to the community in the north east and beyond.

    Bob’s connection to Leeds Met dates back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy at the university’s predecessor institution, Leeds Polytechnic. Some years later, in 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration by Leeds Metropolitan for his contribution to business and sport.

    Sir Bob said: “I feel very privileged to have been invited to become the Chancellor of such an esteemed Institution as Leeds Metropolitan University and was thrilled to accept. It is a highly-respected University that plays such an important role in developing the potential and talent of thousands of students from many different parts of the world.“As a former graduate and as someone who has worked in Yorkshire for more than 40 years it will be a great honour to take on such a leading role with the University. I hope my experience and track record in business, lifelong focus on education, and passion for sport will give me the necessary qualities to support the University, its outstanding staff and the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve their ambitious and exciting aspirations.”

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    The opening of St George’s Park

    The FA’s national football centre, St George’s Park, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 9th October 2012. Bob and his wife Sue officially welcomed the Royal couple. The Duke of…

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    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, David Bernstein, Chairman of FA, Sir Bob and Lady  Murray at opening of St George’s Park

    The FA’s national football centre, St George’s Park, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 9th October 2012. Bob and his wife Sue officially welcomed the Royal couple.

    The Duke of Cambridge opened the new £105 million training base in Burton-Upon-Trent, which was completed in July in his capacity as President of the Football Association.

    The new National Football Centre is a state-of-the-art training complex which boasts 12 full size training pitches, a multisport indoor hall, five gyms and the only FIFA accredited Centre of Medical Excellence in the country. The 330 acre site also includes two top class hotels, Hilton and Hampton by Hilton.

    Sir Bob was appointed Project Director for St George’s Park by the Football Association in November 2008 due to his wealth of football experience and his expertise in building world class football stadia and property development background.

    Sir Bob said: “I am thrilled that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could join us to celebrate the opening of St George’s Park and to show their support for this incredible sporting facility.”

    “St George’s Park may have been a long time in coming but it was worth the wait. It is a masterpiece of design and function, merging high quality architectural standards with exacting operational demands. We not only have the most stylish football centre in the world but one that works on all levels and will deliver exceptional results.”

    England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad used the training facilities for the first time ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualification game against San Marino on 12th October.

     

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2011

December 2011

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    Murray Family Coat of Arms Approved

    After being bestowed the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in November 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture…

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    After being bestowed the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in November 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture at Buckingham Palace took place in November that year.On receipt of his knighthood the College of Arms awarded Sir Bob Murray a Grant of Arms and

        accorded him the honour of a family crest. The Coat of Arms was approved by the Kings of Arms in December 2011 and was designed to reflect Bob’s life, interests, family and career.The black half panther is a symbol of his passion for Sunderland Football Club and is representative of its Black Cat mascot. Sir Bob invited supporters of the club to choose a new mascot in 1997, when it moved from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light.

    The red and white wreath on his coat of arms depicts a lifelong love of the City of Sunderland and, of course Jersey, where he married his wife Sue and now lives. The red theme is continued in the mantling which reflects both Sunderland and Jersey.

    Bob is very proud of his industrial heritage and north east roots and it is for this reason that he chose to include a colliery wheel as a fitting tribute to the coal mining tradition of his family and the region. The Stadium of Light was also built on the site of the largest former coal mine in Sunderland.

    The red saltire behind the colliery wheel was incorporated in the coat of arms to emphasise the   importance Jersey has played in Sir Bob’s life for nearly 40 years and his great love for the island, now the family home.

    Yorkshire is also of great importance to the family. The White Rose County is the county of birth of his wife Sue, his two daughters Alex and Nicole and his son James and is represented in the coat of arms by the inclusion of a rose branch with four white roses between the forepaws of the black demi panther. Bob has been successful in business in Yorkshire since 1969 and remains so   today.

    Similarly, four black lozenge (diamonds), which appear in the Arms of Durham and are seen on the County Durham flag, are symbolic of Sir Bob’s love and pride for his own county of birth. The lion rampant holding a sword as appears on the Durham flag is also included at the foot of the Badge.

    The motto ‘FORTUNE, INTEGRITY AND LABOUR’ was chosen by the family to convey their beliefs that ample amounts of luck and hard work, together with integrity, have helped them realise their    ambitions and achieve success.

    A helmet is only permitted in the design of a coat of arms for a Knight of the Realm and the Insignia for Knight and CBE. The Knight Bachelor’s badge and the circlet of the CBE are also featured in the coat of arms.

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October 2011

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    Freedom of the City of Sunderland honour for Bob

      In October 2011, Bob was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland. The honour was bestowed on Bob by Sunderland City Council for his eminent services to football, education and charitable causes…

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    Bob awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland

    In October 2011, Bob was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland. The honour was bestowed on Bob by Sunderland City Council for his eminent services to football, education and charitable causes within the City and local area.

    With both his mother and father being born in Sunderland, Bob’s civic and football allegiances have always remained firmly with the City. He has always demonstrated a great determination and desire to stand up for the City and everyone in it through his charity work and business life.

    The Leader of Sunderland City Council, Paul Watson said: “Sir Bob has been nominated in recognition of his outstanding contributions to football, education and charitable causes within the City. If anyone ever epitomised the spirit of Sunderland, then it is Robert Sydney ‘Bob’ Murray.”

    The extraordinary honour from a City he loves was accepted by Bob with great pride on 14th October 2011. He said: “I’m massively proud of my heritage. There is no greater privilege than to be recognised by your own. Sunderland has always been with me, all my life. It has a special place in my heart and has always been good to me. Thank you so much for this most unique and incredibly special honour.”

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2010
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    Sir Bob knighted

    After being awarded the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Sir Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture…

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    Sir Bob knighted

    After being awarded the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Sir Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture at Buckingham Palace took place in November that year.

    Bob said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive this honour. I feel extremely privileged and see this award as being not just for me personally but for my family and friends who have supported me and helped me reach my goals.

    He explained: “My parents worked extremely hard throughout their lives. They did not get the opportunities in life that many people enjoy today but they provided me with the values and beliefs that have given me confidence to succeed. They would have been very moved and proud to see that my personal achievements have been recognised in this way. I would also like to thank my wife Sue. She is the anchor of my life and I am sharing this honour with her and our three children”.

    On receipt of his knighthood the College of Arms awarded Sir Bob Murray a Grant of Arms and accorded him the honour of a family crest. The Coat of Arms was approved by the Kings of Arms in December 2011 and was designed to reflect Bob’s life, interests, family and career, expressing ideals which are relevant.

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2004
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    Invitation to join the Football Foundation Board

      Bob was invited by the Premier League to sit on the Board of the Football Foundation in 2004. The Board had a budget of approximately £40m per year to invest in football stadia and…

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    Bob was invited by the Premier League to sit on the Board of the Football Foundation in 2004. The Board had a budget of approximately £40m per year to invest in football stadia and the scheme was inclusive to all clubs throughout the country.

    The scheme was introduced at a time when many clubs outside of the Premier League were still catching up with the Taylor Report and lots of stands were being closed down in need of modernisation. During Bob’s time on the Board it awarded approximately £100m to clubs throughout the country.

    In the same year Sunderland PLC de-listed from the London Stock Exchange. Bob later sold the club to Niall Quinn and his Irish consortium (Drumaville) for £5.7m in 2006.

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2001
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    SAFC Foundation founded

    There is a constant theme that runs through Bob’s life and that is his desire to create a legacy that enables the less fortunate in society to fulfil their potential and lead happy and constructive…

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    Foundation of Light mission

    There is a constant theme that runs through Bob’s life and that is his desire to create a legacy that enables the less fortunate in society to fulfil their potential and lead happy and constructive lives. The Foundation of Light, a registered charity, is an acclaimed example of this.

    When Bob became Chairman of Sunderland in 1986 one of his ambitions was to develop his vision for a true community based football club. His strong views on over-coming social exclusion led to the establishment of the nationally renowned Foundation of Light, which is now the biggest and best football charity in the UK.

    The Foundation’s mission is simple; to use the power of football to involve, educate and inspire more than 42,000 young people and their families across the North East each year through a broad range of innovative and award-winning programmes that can help change lives. It is the kind of scheme which might have helped an unemployed school leaver such as Bob, had it been around in the early 1960’s.

    The Foundation began in 1988 when the club took part in the successful pilot scheme ‘Community Programme in Professional Football’. The results of this pilot were instrumental in the Football Trust’s decision in the early 1990’s to invest nationally in Football in the Community schemes, with which Sunderland were involved from the outset.

    By the time the Club moved from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light, a far-reaching community programme had already been developed, but the new stadium proved to be the real catalyst for the Foundation, which has gone from strength to strength during the past ten years.

    The completion of the inspirational Centre of Light in 2004 provided a brand-new educational facility within the Stadium of Light, comprising five state-of-the-art classrooms and a football development area.

    Under Bob’s guidance, 100 full time staff, part timers and volunteers, now go daily into the community, teaching youngsters good habits about sporting behaviour, fitness and health awareness, whilst having fun and playing football. Tens of thousands of children and their teachers are also welcomed to the Foundation’s own education department for specially designed activities, which enable children to learn through football in line with National Curriculum requirements.

    Bob still has a strong vision for the future of the Foundation: “I fervently believe the Foundation of Light is best of its kind in the country and is run by the best people. It has to be good because the region both needs and deserves the best.

    “The Foundation’s 10th Anniversary was a significant milestone but is just the beginning. I’m focussed on exploring what we can achieve in the next decade and the difference the Foundation can make to the lives of young people in the region and beyond.”

    The Foundation is proud to have an active Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex, and the trustees who all have strong Sunderland connections are Kate Adie OBE, Steve Cram MBE, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, Baroness Estelle Morris, Ellis Short, Sir Tim Rice, the Rt. Hon. James Ramsbotham DL, Paul Collingwood MBE, Sir Peter Vardy and Sir Bob Murray CBE himself who remains Chair of Trustees.

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