A leading figure in Sheffield industry, health and higher education has a date at Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE.
Tony Pedder chairs Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and Sheffield Forgemasters and is about to chair the governing body of the University of Sheffield, the University Council. His voluntary work includes chairing Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
He said the OBE was “a source of immense pride. 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.”
Chairing one of the largest hospital trusts in the country, Mr Pedder leads a board of directors in overseeing the city’s five adult hospitals and most community health services.
Chief executive Sir Andrew Cash said: “Tony’s hard work and passion for the NHS is unending.
“This award reflects his absolute commitment to the NHS and to supporting our 15,000 staff to provide patients with the best possible care.”
Mr Pedder, aged 63, who lives in Dore, has been a member of the University Council since 2005 becomes chair from August. He also chairs the board of the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Catcliffe and is a passionate supporter of the University’s work with local and international business.
The work draws on his experience as an industrialist, coming to Sheffield in 1985 to run British Steel’s stainless steel business, now Outokumpu. Joining Sheffield Forgemasters in a consulting role, he supported chief executive Graham Honeyman’s turnaround of the company and became chairman in 2005.
Mr Honeyman said: “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.”
Mr Pedder is Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire and Senior Warden of the Cutlers’ Company, and is a trustee at Sheffield Theatres.
At Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, he steers the charity that gives children the educational experience of a 130-acre working farm.