Earlier this year, the New Zealand Society in London awarded Mark Wilson as the UK New Zealander of the Year. The award is a recognition of New Zealanders hard work - business or community-wise - in the United Kingdom. The award recognised Wilson’s work as Group CEO of Aviva, one of the UK’s biggest insurance companies and leader of sustainable businesses. Wilson was awarded for his contribution to leading global discussions on businesses’ lasting legacies.
Originally from Rotorua, New Zealand, the 40-year old CEO has worked in London since 2013, helping Aviva refocus its financial strength. His work has been so significant that he accompanied British Prime Minister on a trade mission to Asia in 2015 to strengthen the links between New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was later invited to address the UN General Assembly about their business expectations for the following fifteen years.