Business Charity Awards: Outstanding Employee – Richard Marriner

Richard Marriner (second from the right)
Richard Marriner (second from the right)

Richard Marriner has worked for JD Wetherspoon for 25 years, and has been part of the pub chain’s partnership with Young Lives vs Cancer since it launched 20 years ago.

Beginning his career with the company as a shift manager, Marriner has progressed through pub and area management and to become a regional manager.

He has been an active fundraiser for the charity partnership for most of those years. He also plays a key role in planning and delivering two of JD Wetherspoon’s largest annual staff fundraising events: its KICK for Young Lives vs Cancer football tournament, which takes place each September, and an annual Darts Tournament, which is held in its pubs every January.

Richard created the Darts Tournament, which originally ran as a small event within his region. It is now in its seventh year as a tournament across the chain, with more than 400 teams competing at 70 pub venues throughout the UK to take part in a National Final.

This event alone has now raised more than £1m for Young Lives vs Cancer.

In 2022 Richard also takes on an epic personal challenge, taking to two wheels as he cycles from London to Paris alongside a group of 35 other colleagues all in support of Young Lives vs Cancer.

Highly Commended

Paul Taylor (contracts manager, charter trains), GB Railfreight/Prostate Cancer UK

Finalists

Rhys Dickinson (account manager),Telefónica Tech UK&I/Embrace

Remy Chaugny (front of house manager), Weil, Gotshal & Manges

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