Queen’s Birthday Honours: Romford doctor is appointed an OBE

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 June 2018

Dr Darrin Disley from Romford was appointed an OBE for his services to business, enterprise and health.

Dr Darrin Disley from Romford was appointed an OBE for his services to business, enterprise and health.


A Romford entrepreneur who has supported more than 40 life science business ventures and various social enterprises has been made an OBE for his services to business, enterprise and health.

Dr Darrin M Disley has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2018 announced at the weekend.

The award recognises his achievement in the advancement of the life science industry, and support of student entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Darrin said: “Having received the individual lifetime Queen’s Award in 2016 for my work promoting enterprise in others I was shocked and humbled to have received the OBE for services to business, enterprise and health.”

As a champion of UK life sciences, Darrin is an adviser, investor and philanthropist.

He supports more than 40 life science business ventures, several social enterprises and numerous educational and entrepreneurship schemes aimed at promoting social mobility for the economically underprivileged.

He also supports educational, business plan competition, enterprise clubs and mentoring programmes via 10-year endowment of the Professor Christopher R Lowe Carpe Diem Enterprise Fund.

Through this programme he provides invaluable inspiration, guidance and financial support to student entrepreneurs and it has led to the foundation of scores of new business ventures, many of which he has gone on to invest in and mentor.

He said: “It is a privilege to get up every day and work with so many great scientists, educators, entrepreneurs and students, and to be able to make a difference in the community and country I love.”

Until recently he was the CEO of Horizon Discovery Group plc, a global leader in gene editing and gene modulation technologies.

Darrin is an enterprise fellow at the department of chemical engineering and institute of biotechnology and honorary fellow of the Judge Business School, both at the University of Cambridge.

He is also an honorary visiting fellow and adviser on science and industry to the University of Salford.

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