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Award winning steel boss secures university chair

Award winning steel boss secures university chair


Sheffield Forgemasters International’s chief executive has been appointed chair at the University of Sheffield’s management school.

Dr Graham Honeyman will assume a role as an Honorary Professor in strategic management after academics at the prestigious institution granted its approval.

Established in 1986, the Management School is the largest department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and one of the largest in the University, with over 70 staff and more than 1,800 students.

It is one of only 58 business schools worldwide accredited by the three most influential business school accreditation bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB and aims to become one of the world’s top business schools over the next 10 years.

Graham will be invited to give guest lectures to undergraduates and postgraduates at the university and his proven business acumen will be used when expert advice is required. He will hold the title for an initial three years after which it can be renewed.

He said: “It is a great honour to have been appointed Honorary Professor at such a vibrant university. My role will allow me to pass on many years’ experience leading a business in a challenging but rewarding industry.

“Forgemasters has come a long way and I think it’s important to help the next generation of businesspeople as much as possible. I have been highly impressed by the enthusiasm, energy and commitment of the staff and students at the University of Sheffield and look forward to working with them as they develop their ambitious plans for today’s challenging business environment.”

Dean of the Management School, Professor Keith Glaister, said: “We are delighted to award Graham Honeyman the title of Honorary Professor in Strategic Management at the University of Sheffield Management School.

“Graham is a dynamic leader who has made a significant impact at Sheffield Forgemasters and across our region. Having a business leader of Graham’s calibre associated with the Management School provides a great learning opportunity to our student community.”

Graham is set to formally receive his chair at an official ceremony later this year when the school moves to a redesigned and refurbished 21st century hub at the University’s Crookesmoor site.

In May last year Graham was named the winner of the Bessemer Gold Medal by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) after his work was judged to have promoted the manufacture of engineering components to national and international importance.

Previous to this he was presented with the silver medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering, a CBE for his services to the steel industry and was named Overall Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors in 2010.

Graham studied Engineering Materials Technology at the University of Aston and complemented his degree with a PhD for his study of armour plate welding from Teesside University.

He is the latest in a number of Forgemasters staff recognised by Sheffield’s considerable academic community.

In 2010 Jesus Talamantes-Silva, director of research and development (R&D) at Forgemasters was appointed visiting professor for the department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield.

Forgemasters chairman Tony Pedder is a Pro-chancellor at the University of Sheffield and chair of the Human Resource Management Committee.

Director Peter Birtles also represents the company on the Steering Committee of the Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training hosted by the University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester and is chairman of Namtec’s Special Metals Forum.

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