Sheffield businessman awarded OBE

Posted on 17 Jun 2013

Tony Pedder, chairman of Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

The businessman has received the accolade in recognition of his work in Sheffield’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). While holding 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.