Celebration of women’s role in manufacturing

Pam Liversidge (left), Suzanne Liversidge (centre) and Elinor Oldroyd (right)
Pam Liversidge (left), Suzanne Liversidge (centre) and Elinor Oldroyd (right)

Some of the region’s leading businesswomen celebrated female success in manufacturing through the ages at an event held as part of Sheffield’s Global Manufacturing Festival.

Suzanne Liversidge, lead partner at the Sheffield office of international law firm Kennedys, was supporting the showcase session at the city’s Cutler’s Hall.

Young entrepreneur Katey Felton, who has built her successful silversmithing business in Sheffield, was joined by Elinor Oldroyd, general manager of Firth Rixson, and Kathleen Roberts who is one of the women who tackled back-breaking roles in the steel industry during the war years.

Pam Liversidge OBE, the first female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, chaired the event which was sponsored by NatWest.

Suzanne, who also chairs the Sheffield Inspiring Women Forum, said: “This event was truly motivational with three fantastic speakers who shared their experiences to celebrate women in manufacturing from the past, present and looking forward to the future.

“As a businesswoman and chair of a forum supporting women in the Sheffield region, I can’t stress enough how important it is to have events like this in the city to not only commemorate the success of women now, but also to inspire and engage the next generation, and in particular in a sector so close to the hearts of the people of Sheffield.”