Robin Young (civil servant)

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Sir Robin Young
Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media & Sport
In office
Secretary of State Chris Smith
Preceded by Sir G. Hayden Phillips
Succeeded by Dame Susan Street
Permanent Secretary for Department of Trade & Industry
In office
June 2001 – March 2005
Secretary of State Patricia Hewitt
Preceded by Sir Michael Scholar
Succeeded by Sir Brian Bender
Personal details
Born (1948-09-07) 7 September 1948 (age 69)
England, UK
Nationality British
Alma mater Fettes College, Edinburgh
University College, Oxford
Occupation Businessman

Sir Robin Urquhart Young, KCB (born 7 September 1948) is a former British civil servant. He was Permanent Secretary for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 1998 to 2001 and Permanent Secretary for the Department of Trade & Industry from 2001 to 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Young was born in 1948,[1] and educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and at University College, Oxford.[2] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours.[1][3]


Young joined the Department of Environment where he worked on housing, environment and local government policy, later becoming Principal Private Secretary to Ministers during the 1980s. From April 1994 to June 1997 he was First Director of the Government Office for London. Between July 1997 and May 1998, he was Head of Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, Cabinet Office. He was then Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. From June 2001 to March 2005, he was Permanent Secretary at the Department of Trade & Industry.[2][4][5]

After leaving the Civil Service in 2005, he went into business and was chairman at Dr Foster Intelligence,[1] East of England International (EEI),[6] Apex Communications,[7] Circle Anglia,[8] and A4e.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Sir Robin Young, KCB". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Sir Robin Young". The Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge. 2011. Archived from the original on 26 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Birthday Honours 2002 : Knight Bachelor etc". BBC News. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Department of Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary to step down". Local Government Chronicle. 23 September 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Gribben, Roland (5 May 2001). "Fresh air in the rambling corridors Robin Young is not like most people's idea of a bureaucrat". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "New chairman for EEI". Business Weekly. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Euro RSCG lures former civil servant Young to Apex". PR Week. 9 February 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sir Robin Young appointed as new Chairman of Circle Anglia" (Press release). Circle Anglia. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Reed, James (12 March 2012). "A4e chairman promises to "restore reputation"". TheBusinessDesk. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir G. Hayden Phillips
Permanent Secretary of the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Succeeded by
Dame Susan Street
Preceded by
Sir Michael Scholar
Permanent Secretary of the
Department of Trade & Industry

Succeeded by
Sir Brian Bender