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

1st February 2013

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Sir Bob Murray is Leeds Metropolitan University's new chancellor

Sir Bob Murray is Leeds Metropolitan University's new chancellor

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.......for the full story register now for free or login below...


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A rare piece of critical journalism! Spot on regarding Brains OBE. The public sector merry-go-round is not a good preparation for a leader of the Yorkshire IOD.

Tom Pilcher

Hear, hear on last point. LNT also had George Osborne shortly before 2010 election. Don't forget David Brown - has had Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Vince in recent times. You should invite them to the Business Desk!

Andy Bounds

Entertaining comments David, Couldn't agree more with your point about the appointment of Suzy Brain England - where are the business leaders for this post? However, pleased to see more female representation at the IOD - the 'dark suit and grey hair brigade' events would be significantly improved with the involvement of more of the fairer sex...

Jonathan Hirst

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