Sunderland-born Sandbach has attained a wealth of educational roles, including heading business engagement for the Centre for Competitive Design at Cranfield University; a trustee at Newcastle’s Centre for Life; sitting on the Industry Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and he is a business ambassador for NetPark in Sedgefield.
The David Goldman endowment was established at the Business School in 2001 to create a legacy in memory of David Goldman, founder of Newcastle software giant Sage Group
In March, Prof Sandbach will take over the professorship from James Timpson OBE, chief executive of the family firm Timpson Group.
The Business School has also announced that its new, permanent David Goldman Professor of Innovation and Enterprise is Savvas Papagiannidis. As an alumnus of the university, with 16 consecutive years of studying at the university, Prof Papagiannidis has achieved two PhDs, two Masters and founded three e-businesses.
He aims to investigate how e-business technologies affect social and business environments, organisational strategies and underpinning business models.
Professor Papagiannidis said: “I hope that in my new position I am able to make an impact by leading the development and delivery of the innovation and enterprise agenda of the Business School, by encouraging sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Timpson said: “This role is all about imparting knowledge and more importantly, inspiring enterprise.
“However, it isn’t a one-way process: I have also been educated by the students and businesses I have met over the past 12 months. It has been a great experience and I am delighted to have been given such an esteemed role.”
The Goldman family established the endowment in 2001 to create a legacy in memory David Goldman, founder of the Sage Group plc.
The Goldman endowment funds a chair in the Business School, a David Goldman Doctoral Studentship, the David Goldman Visiting Professorship, and Annual David Goldman Lecture.
If you would like to attend the Goldman Lecture on March 13, please email firstname.lastname@example.org