Steel boss is UK’s top chief executive

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Sheffield Forgemasters’ chief executive Graham Honeyman has been named CEO of the Year at the Private Business Awards.

Graham Honeyman led the rescue of the Brightside Lane company when its then American owners hit financial troubles.

He went on to head the buy out and subsequent turnaround of Forgemasters and has a string of prestigious accolades to his name.

In 2012 he won the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining’s Bessemer Gold Medal for promoting the manufacture of engineering components to national and international importance.

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

Earlier this year he was named honorary professor of strategic management by Sheffield University.

Prof Honeyman received his latest accolade at a ceremony in the Guildhall in London at which George Osborne was the guest speaker.

Arif Ahmad, from award sponsor PwC, said: “It is ten years since the restructure of Sheffield Forgemasters which saved the company from closure.

“Thanks to Graham it has since grown to become one of Yorkshire’s most successful and renowned manufacturers. Graham’s technical knowledge and focus on R&D, design and project management has given it stability in a changing environment, enabling it to stay ahead of the game.

“This award deservedly recognises Graham as one of the region’s and UK’s great leaders, who has shown remarkable resilience and is respected by his employees and peers.