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A day in my life..

January 9th, 2017

“I often get asked what my typical day looks like but we all know no two days are the same. But I usually get up around 6.45hrs and swim for about 30 minutes before I do anything else.

“After my swim, I open my iPad and turn on my phone to review voicemails / emails which have come in overnight, whilst eating a light breakfast. Whilst I love the immediacy of technology I still like reading a piece of paper, so much of my correspondence arrives by fax each morning – followed by the post at 08.30.

“Both my PA’s are in the office by 08.00hrs every day so we can liaise and action any urgent correspondence and review diary actions and phone calls for the day. After we’ve dealt with anything urgent and discussed the day ahead I see my personal trainer for an hour at 09.00hrs.

“After training, I take a detailed look at all correspondence received in the last 24 hours and respond as necessary. I can spend up to 2 hours working through new emails to provide feedback and data as well as delivering opinions and decisions.

“I take my regular conference call with the Operations Director of The FA Group, with whom I consult on a variety of building projects, such as St Georges Park (the national football centre) and Wembley Stadium.

“More often than not, I grab lunch at my desk whilst working and afterwards I usually have a number of meetings and conference calls with individual business teams.

“In the afternoon, I usually have a conference call with a member of the Board of Omega Plc, my branded kitchen manufacturing business, in my role as Chairman. I usually receive a general update from the COO then we discuss specific matters from trade and contract sales and production, to marketing and new product development.

“Next I might speak with the Chief Executive of Sterling Capitol PLC, my commercial property development business, which is based in Yorkshire. As Chairman, I receive an update on current issues and our latest property developments and discuss any new potential development opportunities in the region.

“I regularly catch up with the Chief Executive of the Foundation of Light. I founded the charity in 2001, with the purpose of using the power of football and education to change the lives of children, young people and their families. We use this time to discuss current funding levels and education programmes. I also liaise with the Board of Trustees.

“The Beacon of Light, a new £18m education, skills and sports facility in Sunderland, requires my daily attention. The Beacon will be a first and fuse sport, education, health and well-being and the world of work like nowhere else in the UK, so it’s an exciting project to manage. I like to liaise direct with the Project Manager and contractors, as well as funders and sponsors.

“I also check the latest correspondence from Leeds Beckett University – I enjoy discussing the University masterplan, departmental updates and student activities. I feel hugely honoured to be the Chancellor.

“I like to try and finish my working day by 18.00hrs if I can. We often eat at home in the evenings although we may eat out once or twice a week.”

Sir Bob Murray