Rory Underwood at Leicester Tigers | Wilson Organisation


June 15, 2013

Rory Underwood at Leicester Tigers

Rory Underwood at Leicester Tigers

Former England rugby international Rory Underwood is heading to Leicester Tigers this week, for a fundraising event in aid of the educational charity for young people, The Outward Bound Trust.

He is guest speaker at The Midlands Family Business Awards’ summer fundraiser on Thursday, the 18th July.

“The Dinner will be a rare opportunity to hear Rory Underwood speak of his experience of working in a team alongside his younger brother Tony,” explains Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Wilson Organisation which organises the Awards and the event.

“In 1992 he switched from the right to the left wing to accommodate his brother in the team and they were the first brothers to represent England at the same time since 1937.

“This will be a fun evening, in which Rory will share with us his insights in the areas of effective communication and high performance leadership to benefit individuals, teams and organisations to inspire performance – particularly in family businesses. At the same time, the event aims to raise funds for the Awards chosen charity for 2013, The Outward Bound Trust, which is an educational charity dedicated to unlocking the potential in young people through learning and adventure in the wild.”

Tickets for the evening are priced at £60 per person including VAT to include a drinks reception, dinner and table wine, with all proceeds going to the charity. For more information or to make a booking, contact Ped Briggs, The Wilson Organisation, Tel: 0115 942 7506, email:

The Midlands Family Business Awards are the regions only truly independent initiative for family businesses. The Awards are not-for-profit and since their launch have raised more than £15,000 for Midlands-based charities supporting young enterprise and young people.

Entries are free-of-charge, and can be made until midnight on Tuesday 16th July 2013. For more information and submission forms visit:

Rory Underwood has been a consultant since 1999 and leads his own business ‘Wingman’, a team development consultancy built on the high performance experience of his international rugby and fast jet flying careers.

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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