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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 2017 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise is Anthony Thomson.

Anthony Thomson is the Founder and Chairman of Atom Bank, Founder and Chairman of the Financial Services Forum, Chairman of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, and Non-Executive Director of agilti, a company providing banking software as a service.

Atom was granted its banking licence in June 2015. It launched in March 2016, as the first real alternative to the High Street banks. It is the first full service retail and business bank delivered via an app offering savings, business loans and mortgages, with further products and services to launch during 2017.

Atom Bank was voted 8th in the KPMG survey of the world’s 100 leading fintech innovators for 2015, and 4th in the Challenger Project’s list of the top 10 global innovative brands.

Previously Anthony was founder of Metro Bank and served as the first chairman from 2009 until 2012, before leaving the bank in December 2012.

When it launched in 2010 Metro Bank plc. was the first new ‘High Street bank’ in the UK for over 150 years. In March 2016 it floated on the London Stock Exchange with a value of £1.6 billion. Today it has a market cap of £2.4 billion.

The Financial Services Forum, established in 1998, is an independent membership organisation for senior executives with an interest in financial services marketing effectiveness, with a remit to ‘improve financial services marketing on the basis that good marketing is good for consumers’.

The National Skills Academy for Financial Services is an independent employer-led, charitable organisation which is a leading body for training and development in the financial services industry.

He is co-founder of Moneyspinners, an annual charity cycle ride for financial services executives.

In 1987, Anthony founded City Financial Marketing which, by the time he sold it to Publicis in 1997, was Europe’s largest financial services marketing and communications group.

After a year off he co-founded The Financial Services Forum, which he ran until 2007, at which point he became Chairman.

Over the next 12 months, he will deliver a series of lectures, while also overseeing a cohort of students from the Business School and our partner institutions: Boston University’s Questrom School of Business; the University of Groningen; and Fudan University, through marketing, innovation and financial crime internships at Atom Bank.

This forms part of the School’s award-winning Global Experience Opportunities programme.

Anthony will also work alongside MBA students on an exciting business case competition, where students will be asked to consider global challenges that could affect Atom Bank, and recommend innovative solutions to those issues. This competition will conclude during our MBA Business in Action Week.

Previous David Goldman Visiting Professors

  • 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

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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