MKM Building Supplies founder David Kilburn has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by HRH The Princess Royal at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Kilburn was named in the King’s first birthday honours last year for his contributions to the construction industry and his extensive charitable work.

At the investiture, which took place on 31 January, Kilburn received his distinction alongside 10 other CBE recipients, as well as people receiving OBEs and MBEs. The presence of his wife Linda and daughters Vicky and Georgina made the event a family celebration that was followed by a gathering with close friends and family at a London restaurant.

Reflecting on the occasion, Kilburn said: “It was a once in a lifetime experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I am deeply honoured and humbled by this recognition. It’s a reflection of the hard work and dedication of everyone who has been a part of my journey, especially my family, friends, and colleagues at MKM.”

Kilburn career spans 60 years in the construction sector. Since co-founding MKM alongside Peter Murray in 1995, he has grown the company from a single site in Hull to over 100 branches across the UK, turning it into a £1 billion turnover operation.

His community involvement extends beyond business mentorship. He has been instrumental in supporting local businesses and organisations, including via his involvement with Hull City's MKM Stadium, Hull KR and various community initiatives, such as ‘For Entrepreneurs Only’ – a local group dedicated to improving the local economy.