Hospitality sector awarded in New Year’s Honours List

By Amelie Maurice-Jones contact

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Hospitality hero: Andy Wilson at the London Marathon
Hospitality hero: Andy Wilson at the London Marathon

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A number of people from the hospitality sector were recognised in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List including a Greene King managing director, chef Angela Maria Hartnett MBE and hotelier Robin Hutson.

Greene King managing director Andy Wilson was awarded an MBE for services to Business and Charity during Covid, whilst Angela Maria Hartnett received an OBE for services to the Hospitality Industry and NHS during the Covid Response.

Hotelier Robin Hutson who is behind the Pig group and Hampshire-based Lime Wood hotel received an OBE for services to the Hospitality Industry and Philanthropy.

Wilson, who is managing director for the pub company’s Destination Food Brands division, has been instrumental in driving £2m of 2021 fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support through helping run events and running the London Marathon.

Wilson was “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.

Giving something back

He said: “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. I’m incredibly proud of all of them and this really has been a team effort throughout”.

Wilson joined Greene King in 2013 as an operations director, and now heads the company’s food-led brands including Hungry Horse and Farmhouse Inns, as well as Greene King’s hotels.

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".

Charity support

Mackenzie added: “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”.

At Greene King, Wilson’s charity efforts include cycling from London to Paris and London to Amsterdam, climbing Mount Snowdon, partaking in a Macmillan Tough Mudder challenge, and hosting online quiz nights. 

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.

Susie Warran-Smith (Susan Jane Nelson), Produced in Kent chair, was awarded an CBE for Services to Small Businesses in the UK Food Industry, and Grain and Feed Association director general Jaine Louise Chilsolm Caunt was awarded an OBE for services to the Promotion of International Free Trade.

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