Leading Sheffield figure awarded OBE

Tony Pedder, Chairman of Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, has been made a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The high-profile city businessman has received the accolade in recognition of his work in the city’s manufacturing, health, education and voluntary sectors.

Mr Pedder said:

“Receiving this honour is a source of immense pride for me.  I am glad to have played my part in the life of this city, and I continue to see tremendous opportunities for the future as we work together to create opportunities and skills, economic growth and a better quality of life for the people of Sheffield.”

His involvement in the city business region began when he came to Sheffield in 1985 to run British Steel’s stainless steel business (now Outokumpu). During various roles at British Steel, and subsequently Corus, he oversaw other steelmaking operations in the city, including Tata Engineering Steels.

Joining Sheffield Forgemasters in a consulting role, he supported chief executive Graham Honeyman’s turnaround of the company and became Chairman in 2005, a post he continues to hold today.

Mr Pedder started his involvement in the health sector in 2006 when he became Chair of Sheffield NHS Primary Care Trust, building the team which turned the former PCT into one of the most successful in the country and which – following the NHS reforms earlier this year – is now the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group.

He is also the current Chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the country’s leading hospital trusts. He is also a well-known figure in the city’s voluntary sector for his charitable work.

As Chairman of Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Mr Pedder offers hands-on experience and shares his knowledge of farming, the countryside and the environment to visitors.

Mr Pedder, 63, is on the Board of Trustees at Sheffield Theatres, is a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire and Senior Warden of the Cutlers’ Company.

He is also well respected for his work in further and higher education. As Pro-Chancellor of Sheffield University, he chairs the AMI Advisory Board, which supports the work of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). A long-standing member of The University of Sheffield Council, he will become Chairman in August.

Professor Graham Honeyman, Sheffield Forgemasters chief executive, said:

“This recognition of Tony’s work across the city region’s most important organisations is truly well deserved.

“Tony has played a crucial role in helping us to reshape this business to become a global market leader and a recognised marque of excellence and continues to work tirelessly as an ambassador for Sheffield businesses, charities and educational institutions, despite his many years of work as one of the region’s leading industrialists.”

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust, said:

“This is a richly deserved award that honours Tony’s years of commitment and outstanding service to the National Health Service as well as his significant contribution to industry and voluntary services.”

Prof Sir Keith Burnett, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said:

“We are truly delighted that Tony’s outstanding commitment to industry and public service has been recognised in this way.

“As Chairman of the AMI Advisory Board, he has championed partnerships with local and international business, and the role of universities as a driver of skills and economic growth.

“Without any doubt, Tony’s vision of and commitment to the success of Sheffield are a powerful asset to our city.”

Tony Pedder OBE


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