GCU sadness for passing of Moffat Charitable Trust founder

27 October 2014

GCU sadness for passing of Moffat Charitable Trust founder

Mrs Margie Moffat OBE

Mrs Margie Moffat OBE, founder of AT Mays travel agents chain and supporter of Glasgow Caledonian University’s travel and tourism scholarships, passed away on Saturday, October 25, peacefully in her sleep.   

Margie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by GCU in 2012, in recognition of her outstanding charitable giving and support for a range of causes via the Moffat Charitable Trust.

The Moffat Lecture and Awards Ceremony, supported by the Moffat Charitable Trust, is held each year to celebrate student success and the continued achievements of GCU’s Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development.

Since 2000, the Trust has donated more than £1.4million to the University and supported more than 160 students. The Trust also supports the work of the Moffat Centre, a unique University-based consultancy and research centre.

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “We were hugely saddened to hear the news that Mrs Margie Moffat has passed away. Margie, and her late husband Jim, were pioneers in the tourism industry and built an outstanding business in AT Mays. This success allowed them to give back, and their extraordinary generosity benefited more than 160 GCU students. We will not forget what Mrs Margie Moffat did to nurture the potential of many of our young scholars, and our thoughts are with the Moffat family at this difficult time.”

AT Mays grew from a single operation in Saltcoats in the mid-50s to become one of the largest travel agency groups in the UK.

The Moffat Charitable Trust was formed in 1999 following the death of Jim Moffat.

Professor John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, said: “Mrs Moffat, co-founder of AT Mays, was an early pioneer of international travel and, with her husband Jim, shared a unique vision with the Moffat Charitable Trust which at GCU has helped over 160 students and contributed in excess of a million pounds to their higher education and learning.

“This is the most significant level of travel and tourism scholarship funding in the UK and the EU.”

The Trust has distributed millions of pounds to a range of causes including The Ayrshire Hospice, the Princes Royal Trust for Carers, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK. Mrs Moffat was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List for her charitable services.

The Moffats’ son, Dr Jamie Moffat, has continued to work with GCU through the Moffat Charitable Trust to support outstanding travel, tourism and events management students.

Tributes from Moffat Scholars for Mrs Margie Moffat OBE.