Wednesday, October 2, 2013

News: Pedder installed as new Master Cutler

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Tony Pedder, a prominent figure in the region's manufacturing industry, has been installed as the new Master Cutler, for the year 2013-2014.

The company dates back to 1624 and the Master Cutler role is seen as an ambassador representing the industries of the Sheffield region, both nationally and internationally.

Pedder takes over from Neil MacDonald, the current group finance director of award-winning Rotherham manufacturer, AESSEAL.

Tony Pedder has spent most of his working life in manufacturing industry. After leaving university, he joined British Steel Corporation in 1972 at the London Head Office. He joined the Group's Executive Committee in 1984 with responsibility for purchasing, shipping and transport, before coming to Sheffield in 1986 as chief executive of British Steel's Stainless Division (now Outokumpu).

British Steel Corporation was privatised in 1988 and following moves which saw him running other divisions of the company, he joined the British Steel plc main board in 1992. He was appointed an Ambassador for British Business, by the then government in 1997. 

In 1999 British Steel merged with Dutch steelmaker Hoogovens, creating Corus plc, of which he became group chief executive in 2001 and went on to pick up the unfortunate nickname of "Dr Death" due to his close association with bad news. Since leaving Corus in 2003, he has taken on a number of non-executive roles, staying involved with manufacturing and steel including as chairman of Sheffield Forgemasters, as a director of Indian steel company JSW and as a director of EEF Ltd.

He spent some time in local regeneration and job creation with Renaissance South Yorkshire and subsequently, Business Link Yorkshire. He has also moved into sectors other than manufacturing and is today chair of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and a pro-chancellor and Chair of the Council of Sheffield University. He is also chair of the board of the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham.

Pedder was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of his work in the city's manufacturing, health, education and voluntary sectors.

Voluntary work includes the chairmanship of Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, a charity which gives children in Sheffield the educational experience of a 130-acre working farm and being a trustee at Sheffield Theatres and a deputy lieutenant for South Yorkshire.

The installation of the Master and Company took place in the Cutlers' Hall this week with David Grey MBE, group managing director of OSL Group Holdings, taking the role of senior warden and Craig McKay, general manager of Rotherham stainless steel processor, Evenort, becoming the junior warden.

Company of Cutlers website

Images: The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

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