David Parkin on Sir Bob Murray, the IoD and the Cabinet

SOMETIMES derided for being aloof and out of touch, our universities have never had the smoothest relationship with the business community.

So it was great to attend the inauguration of Sir Bob Murray as the new chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University this week.

Quietly spoken and charming, former Sunderland football club chairman Sir Bob boasts a business pedigree stretching back 40 years in Yorkshire, co-founding one-time stock market darling Spring RAM, property group Sterling Capitol and kitchens firm Omega.

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