Honorary doctorate for businessman credited with helping educate future leaders

Businessman David Sanger has been acknowledged for his contribution to industry and for his commitment to educating leaders and entrepreneurs of the future, with an honorary doctorate from the University of Roehampton.

Posted: 4 August 2015

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David Sanger speaking to graduates at one of the University's annual degree awarding ceremonies.
Mr Sanger is a former Ernst and Young chartered accountant who created, built and sold two multi-million pound businesses, one of which, Rollover, supplied food products to leading supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco.

He has shared his insight with the University through taking part in employability, entrepreneur and high achiever events for students. He also chairs the University’s Roehampton Business School Advisory Board.

Mr Sanger told more than 220 graduating Business students: “Do not underestimate your ability to achieve almost anything if you really put your mind to it, and don’t allow obstacles to block your path.”

He also offered graduates his own advice, based on more than 30 years in business:
  • There isn’t much in this world that is valuable that doesn’t require hard work. 
  • Be passionate about whatever you choose to do, and apply yourself no less than 100 per cent.
  • Be flexible in your careers and in your decision making, and grab opportunities wherever you can.
  • Do not allow the fear of failure to stop you fulfilling your hopes and ambitions. Take sensible and well thought through risks. 
  • Build a great team and rely on others. Play to your strengths and get help with the areas you struggle with.
During his career, Mr Sanger was named as the Institute of Directors’ Entrepreneurial Director of the Year in 2003, while his business Rollover was named the CBI’s Innovative Company of the Year in 2004. It also won a Lloyds TSB award for Outstanding Management in 2003 and 2005.

Roehampton Business School runs a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including Accountancy, International Management, Project Management and Business Management.

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