David Young won the Community Engagement Award 2012

David Young won the Community Engagement Award 2012

David Young won the Community Engagement Award 2012

Oct 5, 2012

THE man who led the team which brought the America’s Cup World Series to Plymouth has been honoured in a prestigious award ceremony.

City businessman Dave Young won the Community Engagement Award in the 2012 Plymouth University Vice-Chancellor’s Enterprise Awards.

He joined a talented and dedicated line-up of passionate campaigners and researchers whose work was acknowledged in the ceremony on Saturday.

Professor Martin Attrill, director of the university’s Marine Institute, won the World-Class Researcher Award in recognition of his pioneering work on the effect of climate change on marine habitats and the impacts of marine protected areas and marine renewable energy.

The 24 awards were separated into six categories – Pioneering, Empowering, Spirited, Expert, Connected, and Creative. Trophies were designed for the occasion by students Sean Bunton and Christopher Grover.

Ian Sherriff, a member of a national panel set up by the Prime Minister to improve community support for dementia sufferers, was named Ambassador of the Year.

Mr Sherriff, an associate lecturer at Plymouth University, said: “I am thrilled to be honoured in this way for work which, I believe, is already having an incredible effect on the lives of so many people within our communities.”

Mr Young, who was chairman of the group which brought the America’s Cup to Plymouth in 2011, said: “A huge team effort culminated in thousands of people seeing a truly amazing spectacle, and this award is recognition for everyone who was part of that success and the legacy that continues to grow from it.”

Film-maker Danny Cooke, who has worked with Plymouth’s Olympic bronze medallist diver Tom Daley, was presented with the Outstanding Student accolade.

Professor Stephen Sterling, head of education for sustainable development, won the Outstanding Contribution category for work which has seen the university consistently ranked in the top five institutions in the national People and Planet Green Gown Awards.