Managing director of South Harrow-based Durbin PLC in awarded OBE for services to pharmaceutical industry and charity

Harrow Times: Leslie Morgan was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list Leslie Morgan was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list

A pharmaceutical company director has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Leslie Morgan, managing director of Durbin PLC in South Harrow, was given the title for services to the pharmaceutical industry and to charity.

His company, which has a turnover of £65 million, has donated more than £22 million worth of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals to charity.

Mr Morgan OBE joined the small retail pharmacy B&S Durbin in 1976 as a pharmacist.

He developed the export side of the business soon after as international sales director.

He travelled widely, sourcing medicines and meeting customers around the world and in 1999 bought the company and changed the name to Durbin PLC.

In 2002 Mr Morgan also bought the trading arm of the charity ECHO International Health Services, one of the leading UK suppliers of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals to charities and medical professionals around the world.

He now supplies 20,000 different products to more than 180 countries and has a 100-strong workforce.

Under his leadership, Durbin PLC has won several awards including International Business of the Year in the Business Excellence Awards 2012 and SME of the Year in the Business Excellence Awards 2008.

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