Businesses mourn death of KM Group president Edwin Boorman
One of the county’s foremost business
leaders Edwin Boorman has passed away after a short illness. He was
As former managing director,
chief executive, chairman and latterly president of the KM Group,
he steered the long-established family firm to pre-eminence in Kent
and Medway as a multi-media business. Under his leadership, it
became one of the country’s leading newspaper
He was influential in
national circles, at one time president of the Newspaper Society,
and later honoured by the Queen with an OBE. Prince Charles
presented him with a Spirit of Kent Award. He had also been High
Sheriff for a year.
He was the third generation
of the Boorman family to run the company, taking on the role from
his father Henry Roy Pratt Boorman.
As a former chairman of the
Kent branch of the Institute of Directors, he raised the profile of
the organisation and helped make it the biggest IoD branch in the
He also chaired the
regeneration group North Kent Success.
He worked tirelessly for
charities and good causes, including the Royal British Legion and
St John Ambulance.
His core business was the
county of Kent and he did everything he could to promote
Business Editor Trevor
Sturgess said: "He was the ideal business leader, investing time
not only in his enterprise but also in the wider community. He was
a great supporter of business coverage and took a personal interest
in each copy of the monthly Kent Business. His towering presence
will be felt around the Group long after today’s sad
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