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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.”

    The Video FramePlay Button Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan, said: “We are delighted that Sir Bob is to become Chancellor of our University. Sir Bob shares our core values and is passionate about both education and making a difference to people in their communities. We are proud of so many things here at our university: 9 out of 10 of our graduates are in work or continuing their studies within 6 months of leaving us; we have achieved our best ever student satisfaction ratings this year, and our newly launched Research Institutes showcase our internationally recognised research, making a difference to real life issues such as men’s health and sustainable futures. Myself and my colleagues are really looking forward to working with Sir Bob and I know he will be a fantastic champion for our university.

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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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1978
  1. Spring Ram, the company Sir Bob co-founded in 1978

    Spring Ram is founded

      In 1978 Bob co-founded the legendary Spring Ram, one of the darlings of the Stock Exchange in the 1980’s. Initially based in an old mill in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, the company targeted the…

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    Spring Ram, the company Sir Bob co-founded in 1978

    In 1978 Bob co-founded the legendary Spring Ram, one of the darlings of the Stock Exchange in the 1980’s. Initially based in an old mill in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, the company targeted the evolving home improvement, kitchen and bathrooms market.

    The company was floated in April 1983 with a market capitalisation of £10 million. At the end of the first day’s trading Spring Ram was valued at £16 million.

    By 1989 the company, which had also moved into property had over 3 million square feet of freehold factory, production and warehouse space, 2,000 employees and profits in the region of £25 million a year with cash deposits of over £50 million.

    In 1989 Bob Murray resigned and within two years had founded a new company, Omega PLC. Omega is a brand leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality fitted branded kitchen furniture, which it supplies via independent kitchen specialist outlets across the United Kingdom.

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1972
  1. Bob joins George A Moore

    Bob joined George A Moore, the kitchen manufacturers of Wetherby in Yorkshire in 1972 as Financial Accountant. His appointment had an immediate impact on the company and he was promoted 3 times in just 9…

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    Bob joined George A Moore, the kitchen manufacturers of Wetherby in Yorkshire in 1972 as Financial Accountant. His appointment had an immediate impact on the company and he was promoted 3 times in just 9 months.

    In 1973, at the age of 27 he was headhunted by Ladyship Industrial Holdings and accepted the position of General Manager of kitchen manufacturer Gower Furniture in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He progressed quickly within the company and was appointed Holding Company Director of the Ladyship Group in 1975.

    When the owner moved overseas and expressed a desire for an exit strategy, Ladyship was sold in his absence for £5.2m in 1978. After the sale Bob was determined it was the right time for a new business venture.

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1962
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    First job and move to Yorkshire

    In November 1962 at the age of 16 Bob got his first job as a Junior Clerk in the purchase department of Ransome and Marles, a bearing manufacturers located in Annfield Plain in County Durham….

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    Letter of appointment

    In November 1962 at the age of 16 Bob got his first job as a Junior Clerk in the purchase department of Ransome and Marles, a bearing manufacturers located in Annfield Plain in County Durham.

    He then joined Consett Iron Company as an office boy delivering mail and progressed to the wages department a year later before moving into the accounts department as a clerk. Bob now knew that he wanted his career to be in Accountancy and was very driven to succeed.

    He continued his studies at Consett Technical College and his work at evening classes paid off. He attained O-levels in History, Maths, English, Accountancy, Economics and Law, an A-level in Accountancy and an ONC in Business Studies before progressing to study Accountancy at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) on day release in 1967.

    Opportunities in the North East were limited and moving to further his career was inevitable. It was clear he would need to move away from his home-town of Consett to further his career dreams.

    He applied for a number of positions in Yorkshire and finally made the move south in 1968. At the age of 22 he successfully applied for a job as Assistant Financial Accountant at the head office of chemicals company Albright and Wilson in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

    He continued his day release and evening studies at Leeds Metropolitan University (then Polytechnic) where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 1972, aged 26 years. He was awarded a fellowship by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in 1979.

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