The millionaire ‘Prince of Pitsmoor’ is knighted

George Buckley with his sisters jean and susan.
George Buckley with his sisters jean and susan.

A SHEFFIELD-born millionaire industrialist was knighted for services to trade and industry.

Hailing from Pitsmoor, Sir George William Buckley, aged 64, is the chairman, president, and chief executive of corporation 3M, which makes products including Post-It Notes and Scotch tape.

Currently based in St Paul, Minnesota, he has lived and worked in the USA for over 30 years.

His sisters Jean and Susan are still based in Sheffield and are looking forward to a visit by their brother next month.

“We are so chuffed by this, completely over the moon,” said Jean. “George was once called the Prince of Pitsmoor. He’s really worked his way to the top and we can’t believe he will now be going to be knighted by the Queen.”

Sir George was an apprentice electrician at the age of 15 at steel company Samuel Osborn, going on to take courses at Granville College, then a degree in electrical engineering at Huddersfield University.

After a PhD at Southampton University, he went to work for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. He still has a home near Bakewell.

Peter Houten, director of the Government Department for Education’s Academies Policy and Schools Organisation Group, and based in Sheffield since 1996, becomes a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

The 55-year-old father-of-two, from Beauchief, said: “I’m delighted and very proud.”

Kate Billingham of the Department of Health, who lives in Sheffield, receives the CBE in recognition of her work leading a home visiting programme, the Family Nurse Partnership.

The CBE, for public service, goes to Dianne Jeffrey, aged 66, who grew up in Sheffield and went on to become the High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2002/3.

Living in Eyam, she chairs charity Age UK and said she was “overawed” by the honour.

Roz Brown, who became the Sheffield-based head of South Yorkshire’s Probation Trust in 2006, receives the OBE for public service.

She said she was “delighted and very honoured”, describing the trust, which has reduced re-offending by 11% compared with a national average of 2%, as “the best in the country”.

Adrian Holmes, aged 44, of Millthorpe, near Holmesfield, receives the OBE for services to skills and training.

He established the Employability and Skills Group at Sheffield Business Park in 2007.

“My honour is one I share with Michelle Rigby, my business partner of 17 years,” he said. “The award is as much hers as mine.”

Colonel David Fuller, who oversees 700 cadets and 120 instructors in the Army Cadet Force in South Yorkshire, receives the OBE.

Timothy Down, of Dore, Sheffield, is “quietly very pleased” with his OBE for work in the skills sector.

“Some of the work which gave me greatest pleasure was getting to see the way learning can thoroughly transform lives,” he said.