Alan Kilpatrick BEM


A co-founder of Friends of the Beatson in 1995, Alan Kilpatrick is one of the co-founders of the Beatson Cancer Charity. 

Alan was born in Glasgow and then in 1984 whilst aged 19 and a student at Glasgow University, he was successfully treated at the Beatson for testicular cancer. Shortly after his recovery, he volunteered to become Treasurer of an existing cancer charity and carried out that role for the next 10 years. 

In the early 1990s, he met Ian Dickson and the two then formed Friends of the Beatson in 1995 to provide practical comfort and support to patients at the Beatson. The formation of the Beatson Cancer Charity in 2014 reinforces and broadens that desire to help those who are undertaking treatment at the Beatson. 

Alan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and since then has held various senior Financial, Strategic and General Management positions with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), Devro plc and Baxters Food Group. He is now Managing Director of The North British Distillery Company Limited. 

Alan was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2013 New Year Honours List for services to the welfare of people with cancer in the West of Scotland.