Sir Tom Hunter

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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Sir Tom Hunter’s first business, started from the back of a van, grew to become Europe’s largest independent sports retailer, Sports Division. He sold the business in 1998 for £290 million, going on to establish his private equity business, West Coast Capital and philanthropic organisation The Hunter Foundation.

West Coast Capital invests in brands, property, e-commerce and big data analytics. With his wife, Marion, Sir Tom has invested more than £60 million in entrepreneurship and enterprise, poverty alleviation and education through the Foundation.

The Hunter Foundation formed a joint venture with former US President Bill Clinton. The Clinton Hunter Development Initiative supports the delivery of a sustainable poverty alleviation strategy in Rwanda that is driven by economic development.

Closer to home, the Hunter Foundation has co-invested with Royal Bank of Scotland plc and the Scottish Government to develop Scottish Edge, a fund to help early-stage Scottish entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

In addition, the Foundation co-invested with the Scottish Government in a £3 million fund to create a leadership academy for the country’s head teachers at Columba 1400, an award-winning social enterprise and charity, that is transforming the lives of young people and their families, and is building an alumni programme for head teachers with the organisation to support their development.

He was Knighted in 2005 for services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy and was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2013.

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