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Committee

Chairman:

Howard Todd Chairman 2017 – Present

1999 – Present Steel Supplies Ltd
I have owned the company for just over 18 years now. Since the take over as well as expanding the core activities we have also taken over the businesses of Ossett Steel Ltd, Yates Steel Fabrication Ltd and Rosteel Ltd. all of which have been valuable additions to the Steel Supplies Ltd business. Steel Stockholding is never easy but the company is now sufficiently established and diverse in its activities to ensure a long and prosperous future for all its employees (me included!).
1994 – 1999 Richarsons and Westgarth Plc
I joined Richardson’s and Westgarth Plc in 1994 to be Director and General Manager of James and Tatton Ltd which was based in Biddulph, Stoke on Trent and was the largest General Steels company in the group. In 1996 I was also given the responsibility of running Steel Supplies Ltd based in Doncaster.

1991 – 1994 Samac (UK) Ltd
Samac took over Harlow and Jones in 1991 and the Prime Steel Products Ltd business came with it. A couple of years later it was amalgamated into another Samac group company called United Steel Ltd and I was given the position of General Manager running the Leeds division.

1988 – 1991 Harlow and Jones (UK) Ltd
I opened up a trading arm of Harlow and Jones (UK) Ltd called Prime Steel Products Ltd. It specialised in selling imported Sections and Reversing Mill Plate from the docks to the larger end users throughout the UK.
1975 – 1988 GKN Plc Miles Druce Leeds Division
I started as a Sales Trainee in 1975 and during my time there held I many posts, which included Sales Representative, and Area Manager. I also opened an expert division in the Leeds department which mainly exported to Europe and the Middle East.

GKN Plc was particularly keen on training all employees and I attended many very professionally run courses during my time there, including the GKN Plc “Advanced Management” course which was held annually at Cambridge University, and was designed to develop the most promising managers in the company as a whole.
I attended part time courses (night school) at Park Lane College of Further Education (Leeds) and Leeds Polytechnic from 1979 – 1983 and achieved a HND in Business Studies and a Diploma in Marketing.

COMMITTEE

John Thompson – Tomrods Ltd

Tony Levison – Ex NSD Ltd

Tommy Anderson – Lagan Valley 

Alan Durning – APD Steel

Secretary/ Treasurer:

Catherine Ellis – NEASS

 

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Richard Smith – Sebden Steels

I started work for ASD as a sixteen year old straight from school and after a ‘grounding’ in the weighbridge office checking picking notes and retrieving test certs I then moved onto trade sales with D+F Steels. After a short period of time ASD decided to centralise some of their operation and in turn opened a Central Stocks division which I was invited to join. This entailed looking after all the group sales and processing from the head office in Leeds.

 

After spending a couple of years looking after the ASD Group I was offered the chance to see the bright light of London by ASD Court Steel and began as their external representative for East London as a 19 yr old Yorkshireman!! After an extremely enjoyable 2 years homesickness kicked in and I returned to ASD Johnsons at Leeds before moving on to Austin Trumanns briefly and then gaining invaluable experience in the RMP market with GCS Steels where I worked for Peter Dunkerley before it was eventually closed.

 

The closure of GCS saw me enjoy a 5 year spell as General Manager of Steel Supplies at Doncaster where I worked closely with Howard Todd to help build his ‘new’ business, before moving onto John S Shackleton’s in Sheffield.

 

I have occupied my current position as General Manager of Eterniti Steels for the last 5 years and have helped oversee the integration into the Sebden Steel Service Centres Group,

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Nick Watson

Nick is the Managing Director of Barclay Mathieson – a general steel stockholder with 13 sites throughout the UK.  Nick has been the MD for three years having joined Barclay Mathieson following its acquisition by Stemcor in 2008.  Prior to joining Barclay Mathieson, Nick was a corporate partner in a large commercial law firm.

Laurence’s career in the steel industry began in 1984 as a salesman with Monks Hall Mills in Warrington, which was the flats & light sections division of British Steel.  In 1986 Laurence moved to Caparo Industries and progressed through the company to eventually take up a group role as Business Development Director for Caparo Steel Products.  This post included board responsibilities in Caparo Tubes, Caparo Wire, Caparo Merchant Bar and Caparo Steel Trading.  The job focused on developing new products and expanding trade on a global platform.  Laurence’s remits also encompassed overseeing the company’s IT strategy and being part of a select mergers and acquisition team.

In April 2006 Laurence joined the Tomrods board and took up share ownership in the company in 2008.  He now sits in the business as its Managing Director.  Tomrods is a multi-product steel stockist, offering many services including sawing, shot-blasting, primer painting, cutting and drilling, in addition to its wide stockholding capabilities.  Running in parallel with the development of Tomrods, Laurence has also jointly acquired and developed the following steel related businesses with his fellow business partner John Thompson.

All Steels Trading Ltd. (New venture started in 2006)All Steels

The business operates as a bulk importer of a wide range of predominantly long hot rolled products and combines this service with a huge offering of dockside stock for delivery in 48 hours from order. The company also provides a unique skill in being able to source and supply niche market products for customers throughout the world.

Legg Brothers Ltd. (Acquired in 2006)

This is a leading hot re-roller of special steel sections and profiles.  By using a combination of automated production and manual hand rolling, the company has established a niche in the market place whereby it can produce small batches of special shapes in an extremely efficient manner.

Bradley Steels Ltd. (Acquired in 2008)

The company offers stock lengths and semi-processed material to a wide range of customers spread throughout the West Midlands and neighbouring regions.

The Steel Ball Company Ltd. (Acquired in 2010)

The UK’s only manufacturer of hot rolled steel balls.  The grinding steel balls are primarily used in ball mills for pulverising crushed mineral ore particles.  The company also produces mild steel balls for use in decorative ironwork as finials on gates and railings.

Allkan Steels Ltd. (New venture started in 2012)

This is a joint venture business with Özkan Demir Çelik, a major Turkish steel manufacturer.  The company is tasked with commercialising the sale of newly developed vacuum degassed micro-alloy steels to a worldwide market.

Laurence is a member of the Lincolnshire Iron and Steel Institute from whom he was awarded a prestigious Ironmasters prize in1995.  He has also held the position of Chairman of the North East Association of Steel Stockholders and Vice President of the National Association of Steel Stockholders.

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