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Greene King managing director from Castle Bytham awarded MBE in New Year's Honours

A managing director has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to business and charity during Covid-19.

Andy Wilson, of Castle Bytham, is managing director for Greene King's Destination Food Brands division, and his efforts have benefited Greene King’s chosen charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Andy has been instrumental in generating £2m in 2021 by encouraging a substantial number of Greene King’s 40,000 team members into fundraising, taking part in events and even running the London Marathon in October.

Andy Wilson, centre front, with colleagues at this year's London Marathon
Andy Wilson, centre front, with colleagues at this year's London Marathon

In response to the news, Andy 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 affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Greene King is more than pubs and beer. It’s about creating a heart of the community and giving something back.

"Our teams have done a fantastic job fundraising this year and it has been amazing to witness.

Andy Wilson finishing the London Marathon 2021 along The Mall
Andy Wilson finishing the London Marathon 2021 along The Mall

"I’m incredibly proud of all of them and this really has been a team effort throughout.”

Andy 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 and Brewer and Farmhouse Inns, as well as Greene King’s hotels.

As well as running the London Marathon most recently, Andy has also while at Greene King 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 chief executive 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.

Macmillan helps people living with cancer with every aspect of their lives, from the moment they’re diagnosed, through to treatment and beyond. All the funds raised go towards helping Macmillan nurses and professionals provide vital physical, financial and emotional support for people living with cancer across the UK.

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