I’m getting an OBE…
It’s been announced that I am to be awarded an OBE from the Queen for services to the economy and promoting charitable giving.
It’s a great honour to be chosen to receive this award. It comes as a real bonus on top of the personal satisfaction I get from my community work and creating jobs in the UK.
I want to dedicate this award to those who’ve enabled me to make these contributions and supported and encouraged me along the way. The flood of congratulatory messages I’ve received has been overwhelming. General Secretary of the Labour Party, Iain McNichol, said, “Fantastic news and really pleased for you. You deserve it.”
It’s been my privilege to fly the British flag both in business across the globe and on my adventures to the North and South Poles, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Everest base camp. My company, GMC, has provided hundreds of jobs since I set it up in 2002. Using my entrepreneurial skills, I’ve created many opportunities for small companies to work with global institutions in London, New York and Tokyo. Thanks to excellent services provided to the financial industry, my company has won Preferred Supplier recognition from Deutsche Bank, 7 years-in-a-row.
Not only that, I’m proud of my company’s record of contributing back to society through volunteering. Recently, I formed a GMC London Marathon team of 5 runners and fundraised on their behalf to the tune of £25,000 for the Attlee Foundation, which supports people disadvantaged by poverty or lack of opportunity.
Getting involved in community organisation and service has been the cornerstone of my life. I can eagerly look forward to serving as a magistrate on Tuesdays, going to trustee meetings in the evenings and fundraising for charity at the weekend. Nothing compares to the fulfilment that comes from contributing to society – I’m so glad that I’ve been able to raise around £150,000 for charity over the years.
I’m passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their true potential and have made speeches to that effect for several organisations.
I encourage everyone to become a global entrepreneur, community champion and philanthropist. Remember what Nelson Mandela once noted, “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.