Greene King has applauded one of its managing directors after he received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to business and charity during Covid-19.
Andy Wilson, who is managing director for the pub company and brewer’s Destination Food Brands division, was instrumental in driving £2m of fundraising in 2021 by Greene King’s 40,000 team members, supporting a number of events and even running the London Marathon in October.
He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to receive an MBE and to have helped support Macmillan Cancer Support over what has been an incredibly difficult time for charities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our teams have done a fantastic job fundraising this year and it has been amazing to witness. I’m incredibly proud of all of them and this really has been a team effort throughout.”
Mr Wilson has been with Greene King since 2013 when he originally joined as an operations director before now heading up the company’s food-led brands including Hungry Horse, Chef & Brewer and Farmhouse Inns, as well as Greene King’s hotels.
As well as running the London Marathon during his time with Greene King, he has cycled from London to Paris and London to Amsterdam, climbed Mount Snowdon and taken part in a Macmillan Tough Mudder challenge, as well as hosting a number of online quiz nights.
Each time he has personally raised thousands of pounds for the charity.
Greene King CEO Nick Mackenzie said: “Andy has put his heart and soul into raising vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and I’m delighted he has received an MBE.
“He’s a constant driving force within our company, always thinking of new ways to engage pub teams, support centre staff and the Greene King leadership team in raising money.
“He is renowned for his infectious enthusiasm and energy, qualities that allow him to be so successful in motivating all around him. I look forward to seeing what his next fundraising challenge will be.”
Macmillan Cancer Support has been Greene King’s national charity partner since 2012 and in that time Greene King team members have helped raise more than £10m for the charity.