Boys’ High School pupil awarded CBE

A SCARBOROUGH man who went on to head a major international pharmaceuticals company has been awarded a CBE

Former Scarborough Boys High School pupil Kevin Young has been appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to his industry.

Mr Young, who now lives in California and whose father lives in Ebberston, is executive vice president of commercial operations at Gilead Sciences.

His CBE was awarded for “services to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries particularly to the development and marketing of life-changing medicines”.

In his role at Gilead Sciences, Mr Young leads a company that provides the most frequently chosen antiretroviral medicines for the treatment of HIV in the developed world – the life changing medicines referred to in his recent CBE citation.

Mr Young said: “It is a wonderful and surprising honour to receive this appointment.

“I have been lucky to work in such a superb industry and be involved in medicines that make a difference in peoples’ lives.

“I am indebted to the colleagues I have worked with in my career, none more so than my brilliant co-workers and friends at Gilead Sciences, a company that has done so much to change the face of HIV around the world.”

After finishing his studies at Scarborough Sixth Form College Mr Young achieved undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Science and Exercise from Liverpool John Moores University and Nottingham University, before going on to complete the Executive Programme at the University of Michigan.

Mr Young now has 28 years in both the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to his name, with a career that spans a variety of therapeutic categories including cardiology, oncology, rheumatology, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

He joined Gilead in 2004 after having worked for Amgen, Inc. and AstraZenec.

John Martin, chairman and chief executive of Gilead said: “This award is a unique privilege and a tremendous honour that is bestowed on a very select group of individuals.

“We are pleased to congratulate Kevin on this prestigious accomplishment, which is an acknowledgment of his numerous contributions to the field of medicine.”

The Order of the British Empire recognises distinguished service to the arts and science, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisation. It is the order of chivalry of British democracy, and valuable service is the only criterion.