Graham strikes gold

Gold medal-winner: Dr Graham Honeyman.
Gold medal-winner: Dr Graham Honeyman.
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THE chief executive of Sheffield Forgemasters International has been awarded a gold medal for his outstanding services to the steel industry.

Graham Honeyman has been named winner of the Bessemer Gold Medal by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) after judges decided his work has promoted the manufacture of engineering components of national and international importance.

The award makes a welcome return to Sheffield as previous city-based winner Harry Brearley was given the award in 1920 after the discovery of stainless steel.

Graham said: “I am absolutely delighted with being honoured with such a prestigious award and I am so proud to be able to bring it back to the steel city.

“The award is not just about my work, but rewards the team at Forgemasters that has worked hard to turn the company around and become a world leader. This accolade adds to the company’s creditability and is recognition of innovation and success.”

Graham, 60, studied Engineering Materials Technology at the University of Aston and complemented this degree with a PhD for his study of armour plate welding from Teesside University.

Previously, Graham has been presented with a 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.

According to the award citation – “Graham has promoted the development and application of metallurgical processes to enable the manufacture of engineering components of national and international importance. “

The accolade will be presented to Graham in July and he will deliver the Sir Henry Bessemer lecture in October.